Water Resources

Our Water Resources staff at WBK consists of highly trained Civil Engineers with expertise in the areas of hydrology and hydraulics, flood analysis and mitigation, dam modification and removal, stream restoration, and stormwater regulations and permitting.  We have extensive experience serving both public and private clients who have a need to quantify the amount and timing of surface water flows and the hydraulics of natural riverine and man-made conveyance systems.  We provide all phases of water resources engineering including watershed planning, design, regulatory permitting, construction, and operation.

Our Services Fall Within the Following Major Categories:

Stormwater Management
    • Stormwater Master Plans
    • Stormwater Management Facility Design
    • Hydrologic/Hydraulic Modeling
    • Best Management Practices (BMPs)
    • Stormwater Permitting
Floodplains and Floodways
    • Floodplain Studies and Mapping
    • Flood Control Design
    • Floodway Construction Permitting
    • Letters of Map Revisions (LOMRs)
    • Natural and Man-Made Conveyance Systems
    • Bridge and Culvert Hydraulics
    • Channel Stabilization
    • Phase I Location Drainage Studies
    • Local Drainage Improvement Plans
    • Dam Safety Inspections
    • Spillway and Outlet Structure Design
    • Dam Modification and Removal Design
    • IDNR Dam Permitting for Construction and Removal
Stream Restoration

Featured Projects

Due to the patchwork of flood studies in and around the City of Rochelle, mapping of the floodplain and floodway in the Rochelle areas was non-contiguous and inconsistent. To remedy this situation, and expedite future development, the City proactively initiated re-mapping of the floodplain and floodway in the Greater Rochelle Area.  The City of Rochelle retained WBK to prepare the supporting…

The project was a collaborative effort between DuPage County Stormwater Management, the Village of Carol Stream and the Carol Stream Park District to reduce flooding for approximately 60 properties in the surrounding neighborhood that had experience severe flooding.

WBK worked with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and The Wetland Initiative (TWI) to restore and naturalize Spring Brook No. 1 Creek and wetlands through the St. James Farm and Blackwell Forest Preserves.  The FPDDC is partnering with the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) on the restoration as part of the required “Waters of the US” mitigation for the Authority’s Elgin…

A seven mile section of the West Branch of the DuPage River in DuPage County, Illinois is part of a National Priorities List (NPL) site (Kress Creek/West Branch DuPage River) and was contaminated with radioactive thorium wastes. The cleanup involved extraction of the contaminated sediment and soil and restoration of the River in a phased program over a period of approximately eight years. At…