What We Do

Hydraulics & Hydrology

Water is an integral part of society whether providing river amenities (such as transportation and hydropower), drinking water, or aquatic ecosystems for fisheries or recreation. Problems associated with too much or too little water, such as floods, drought, or river instability, pose great challenges to society.

Through sound science, rigorous problem solving, and innovation we provide comprehensive solutions.

Our services include prevention with sustainable planning, through to fully engineered solutions for the most complex challenges.


The ecological diversity of estuaries results from the transitional zone where freshwater meets saltwater and river flows give way to waves and tides. The dynamic processes of water flows and sediment transport in estuaries are complex.

Baird works on a wide range of projects in estuaries from navigation channels and ports to ecosystem restoration. Our success is achieved through our commitment to cutting edge science, our practical experience and our ability to lead or contribute to multi-disciplinary teams.

Erosion & Sedimentation

Baird’s experience in combining geomorphic investigations with analytical studies and multi-dimensional hydrodynamic and sediment transport modeling is the key to our success in understanding erosion and sedimentation in wetlands, rivers and lakes.

Our projects include the naturalization of rivers to prevent erosion, evaluation of alternatives to address buried contaminated sediments, and setback planning to prevent erosion.

Navigation & Water Levels

River hydraulics is a fundamental concern for navigation and any development along or in a river. Understanding and defining high and low water levels, current speeds and how these vary is the starting point for efficient and innovative solutions.

Baird’s river hydraulics studies include field services, 1D, 2D or 3D modeling and the development of information systems and design. Our projects include scour and bridge pier studies, marinas and recreational developments, flood assessment and planning tools, water level and current forecasting, and river structure design.

Watershed Analysis

The watershed setting strongly influences the quality and quantity of our water resources. Analysis of watershed setting including geology, climate, soils, land cover, and other variables, is crucial for sustainable development and environmental restoration activities.

Baird scientists employ numerous innovative analytical methods to characterize watershed setting and identify system controls on aquatic environments. We work with all levels of government, society, and industry to provide well rounded, workable solutions to our most challenging watershed problems.