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James Bakken

Senior Associate

Eau Claire, WI

"I've worked at Ayres more years than I would like to admit. The best part of working here is the challenge of solving problems and collaborating with fellow workers to find the best solution for our clients. I feel like everyone's ideas, including mine, are valued and respected."
James Bakken

I've been with Ayres since 1973. As a project engineer and project manager, my responsibilities have included planning, managing, designing, and inspecting water resource projects.

I'm a certified instructor for the Federal Highway Administration's National Highway Institute (NHI), and I teach NHI courses, including "Urban Drainage Design," "Culvert Design," and "Introduction to Highway Hydraulics." I received Instructor of Excellence awards from NHI in 2012 and 2019.

My expertise includes:

  • Master planning
  • Facility siting
  • Erosion control plans
  • Emergency action plans
  • Channel and levee design
  • Dam inspection, design, rehabilitation
  • Flood control
  • Flood studies
  • Harbors and marinas
  • Hydrologic analysis and hydraulic design
  • Interior drainage
  • Pumping stations
  • Storm sewers and detention ponds
  • Water control structures
  • Lake rehabilitation studies
  • Stormwater management
  • FERC Part 12 inspections and licensing assistance
  • Hydropower feasibility studies
  • Spillway rehabilitation
  • Floating bulkhead design
  • Stormwater pollution prevention planning
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota