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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

Jim has been with Ayres Associates since 1973. As a project engineer and project manager, Jim's responsibilities have included planning, managing, designing, and inspecting water resource projects.

Jim is a certified instructor for the Federal Highway Administration's National Highway Institute (NHI) and teaches NHI courses, including "Urban Drainage Design," "Culvert Design," and "Introduction to Highway Hydraulics." He received an Instructor of Excellence award from NHI in 2012.

Jim's areas of expertise include the following:

  • 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