Michael Baker applies decades of expertise, understanding and state-of-the-art technology to provide sustainable and integrated solutions that are environmentally appropriate.

As our population and metropolitan areas grow, the efficient storage and conveyance of clean, secure water and the transport and disposal of residual wastes are vital to our well-being. Major rain events and natural disasters, such as hurricanes and floods, tax our nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure. We understand the critical importance of our aging infrastructure, and we make it a priority to assist clients in continually improving these systems for future generations.

Our water professionals provide innovative consulting, planning and engineering solutions for the entire spectrum of the water cycle. We have proven experience in providing a full range of professional services from scientific and technical analysis, concept through design, and construction support services. Protection and management of water resources starts at the watershed level and follows the movement of water through urban and agricultural areas, streams, lakes and reservoirs, water distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, and water/wastewater treatment plants.


Climate Change and Resiliency

Michael Baker International is at the forefront in protecting the environment and critical infrastructure from hazards, including climate change.  We work closely with local governments as well as U.S. and international government agencies in assessing the vulnerability of resources and assets to climate change.  Michael Baker guides clients through the process of identifying both engineering and management measures to adapt to, and mitigate climate change risks.  We assist public- and private-sector clients worldwide in developing climate change policy, interpreting and complying with regulations, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, evaluating risks, and establishing climate change adaptation strategies.

Related Services:

  • Air Quality Assessments, Modeling/Dispersion Modeling
  • Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Plans
  • Conformity Analyses For Federally Funded Projects
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Emission Inventories
  • Expert Peer Reviews
  • Greenhouse Gas Regulatory Compliance
  • Greenhouse Gas Tracking, Inventory and Modeling
  • Health Risk Assessments
  • Modeling, Simulation and Visualization
  • National Flood Hazard Assessment and Mapping
  • Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Analysis
  • Sustainability Plans
  • Water Resources and Environmental Impacts

Ecosystem Restoration

Michael Baker International is a national leader in Ecosystem Restoration projects for both urban and rural systems. Our ecosystem restoration experience and expertise covers a broad range of ecosystems including streams, wetlands, riparian/coastal zones, open water systems, meadows, forest, and wildlife habitat. Michael Baker International has restored a variety of habitat types throughout the United States where restoration and other goals, such as recreation, habitat, water quality, and education were obtained.  We have extensive experience with natural channel design and biological stabilization techniques, leading to successful stream and wetlands projects.   Completed projects range from ultra-urban to rural settings and have included gravel bed and sand bed systems, ranging in size from small tributaries to large rivers.

Related Services:

  • Acid Mine Drainage
  • Bio-Engineering
  • Biological Surveys
  • Education and Training
  • Functional Assessment
  • Landscape Design
  • Macro-Invertebrate Studies
  • Maintenance and Monitoring
  • Mitigation Bank Planning / Design
  • Mitigation Plans
  • Regional Curves
  • Regulatory Permitting
  • Restoration Construction Drawings
  • Stream Stabilization
  • Stream/Wetland Delineation
  • Threatened and Endangered Species Focus Surveys


As a national leader in Stormwater, the team of experts at Michael Baker International is focused upon the engineering, science and environmental aspects of stormwater. Experts at Michael Baker possess the highest level of expertise in the research and implementation areas of stormwater, as well as in the practical application of solutions to stormwater management challenges. Michael Baker International’s breadth of services and extensive understanding of the surface water world from public, private and regulatory perspectives provides clients with engineering and planning excellence with timely, cost effective solutions that provide value to client’s across the nation and internationally.

Related Services:

  • 2-D Hydraulic Analysis
  • Alluvial Channel Design
  • Alluvial Fan Hydraulics
  • Arid Lands Hydrology
  • Construction Plan Preparation
  • Construction Specification Preparation
  • Construction Support
  • Dam and Detention Basin Routing / Design
  • Dam Break Analysis
  • Debris and Sediment Yield
  • Ecosystem Restoration / Wetlands Permitting
  • Erosion Control
  • Erosion Control Bridge Scour Assessment
  • Fish Passage
  • Flood Damage Assessment
  • Flood Management Engineering
  • Floodplain Management Program
  • Hydraulic Modeling and Visualization
  • Hydrologic / Hydraulic Modeling
  • Levee / Dam Design
  • Natural Treatment System (NTS) Basin Design
  • Outlet Scour Protection Channel Stabilization
  • Regional Flood Protection Systems
  • Regional Frequency Analysis
  • Riparian / Wetland Design
  • Sediment Transport Studies
  • Storm Drain Facility Design
  • Stream Bank Protection
  • Stream Restoration
  • Urban Drainage Facilities
  • Watershed / Stream Corridor Planning
  • Watershed Management / Implementation Plans

Representative Projects

  • Boulder County Floodplain Consultant, Boulder County, Colorado
  • Reconstruction of the Los Alamitos Pump Station and Retarding Basin, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, California
  • Rehabilitation of Five Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Dams, Pennsylvania
  • Upper San Joaquin Portion of the Central Valley Floodplain Evaluation and Delineation, Northern California

Water / Wastewater

Michael Baker International is a leader in the field of Water Resources Engineering and provides a full range of professional services including water quality analysis, hydraulic computer modeling, regulatory compliance, and design and construction support services. We have extensive experience developing practical and cost-effective solutions to water resources design challenges. A proven innovator of creative ideas, Michael Baker International provides technical excellence in planning, financing, design and construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, and water reclamation facilities.

Related Services:

  • Cathodic Protection
  • Civil Site Work
  • Construction Management & Inspection
  • Economic Analysis
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Instrumentation & Control
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Regulatory Processing
  • Structural Engineering
  • Surveying & Mapping

Representative Projects

  • Baker Regional Water Treatment Plant, Lake Forest, California
  • Camp Pendleton Seawater Desalination Project – Technical Studies, San Diego County, California
  • City of Beverly Hills Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant, Beverly Hills, California
  • Construction Management Services for Hunts Point WPCP Phase 4 Upgrade – Carbon Addition, Hunts Point, Bronx, New York
  • Effluent Disposal Pipeline – Sierra Conservation Center, Jamestown, California
  • Engineering Distribution Program Management Consultant IIA, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority, Washington, DC
  • Enterprise GIS Development for Sewer System Mapping, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Full-Scale Desalination Facility – Feasibility Study, Los Angeles County, California
  • Hilltop Park and Reservoir, Signal Hill, California
  • Lake Gaston Water Supply Line, City of Virginia Beach, Department of Public Utilities
  • Louis J. Zitnik Reservoir and Pump Station, Laguna Beach, California
  • Metropolitan Water District – Central Pool Augmentation Study, Orange and Riverside Counties, California
  • Multi-Agency Emergency Interconnection Study, Orange County, California
  • Municipal Water System Security Program – Nationwide, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Custom Enforcements
  • Sewer Main Inspection and Hydraulic Assessment Phase I, San Diego, California
  • Sewer Master Plan and Capital Improvement Program, Port of Long Beach, California
  • South County Pipeline Flow Control Facilities, Orange County, California
  • South Mission Valley Trunk Sewer Replacement Phase I, San Diego, California
  • Top of the World Reservoir and Pump Station, Laguna Beach, California
  • Upgrade of Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant, Brooklyn, New York
  • Virginia Beach Emergency Management Program, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Water System Master Plan and GIS, Thousand Oaks, California
  • Wells 21 and 22, Orange County, California

Water Quality

The importance of water and water quality has become a heightened global concern as human populations grow and impervious surfaces increase. The adoption of the federal Clean Water Act and the related environmental regulations imposed on Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), construction sites and industrial activities ensures that water quality Best Management Practices (BMPs) must be pursued and implemented.

Michael Baker International’s unparalleled capabilities provide solutions to today’s most complex water quality issues.

Related Services:

  • BMP Design and Construction
  • BMP Research / Application
  • BMP Retrofit Studies
  • MS4 Program Development
  • Municipal Storm Water Program Development
  • NOI / NOC Filings
  • NPDES Compliance
  • Outreach, Education and Training
  • Permit Compliance
  • Permit Public Comment Assistance
  • Site Inspections, Construction
  • Site Inspections, Existing Facilities
  • Storm Water Management Programs
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs)
  • TMDL Development and Implementation
  • Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP / SUSMP)
  • Water Quality Manuals and Planning Documents
  • Water Quality Modeling
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Watershed Management / Implementation Plans

Representative Projects

  • BMP Retrofit Pilot Program, Southern California
  • Caltrans District 3 Assistance: Lake Tahoe TMDL, Lake Tahoe, California
  • NCHRP Research Projects, Nationwide
  • Watershed Protection Program On-Call Storm Water and Engineering Services, San Diego County, California