Environmental Resources

Restoring and protecting the land for current and future generations

The land can be shaped in nearly any way we can imagine. Bodwé environmental experts help make sure that our ideas are grounded in what’s good for the land that gives back to us.

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We see the environment as an essential partner

Building upon our legacy of water resources expertise, the Bodwé Group has also become a leader in environmental services. We help clients protect the natural environment and to see it as a partner that informs how we design, enjoy, and care for the spaces we create within the ecosystems we live.


We advocate for a complete understanding of natural resources when planning begins. We inventory, analyze, and delineate wetlands, trees, plants, and wildlife to inspire design that is in harmony with the environment.

Wetland Experts

Led by our on-staff wetland scientist, we work with clients and communities to develop strategies and plans to restore wetland ecosystems and mitigate impacts during the design and permitting process.


The Bodwé team follows through. From regulatory and permitting to post-construction inventories, monitoring, and maintenance, we help ensure that the environment is healthy, and goals are met.

Our complete offering of environmental resources services

Bodwé Group provides a full range of environmental services in partnership with other experts and teams within our Infrastructure Services Branch. We also collaborate seamlessly with our colleagues in the Buildings Branch, providing you with one point of contact for even complex projects and programs.

Environmental Maintenance & Monitoring

The projects aren’t over when construction is complete. Our natural resource team is following through on the maintenance and monitoring efforts for each individual project to ensure the permitted performance standards are being met. We provide erosion control and vegetation monitoring and reporting services for our clients to oversee the long-term progress of the project. We coordinate with landscape contractors to provide management strategies to control invasive and weedy species and promote native plant growth and meet with permit agencies to ensure sign-off is received and the project is successful.

Floristic Studies & Tree Inventories

Our team has experience competing floristic studies and tree inventories on a variety of projects both pre-design and post-construction. Plant inventories are key to understanding the quality of the natural resources prior to project engineering. In addition, post-construction inventories document the progress of each landscape creation or restoration project and help to provide long-term management goals.

Grant Applications & Funding Assistance

We help coordinate the funding process of projects in advance of the engineering and design phase. Our staff work closely with our clients to develop cost estimates so yearly budgets can be allocated for specific project goals. We have experience writing grant applications and being successfully awarded grants from agencies including local, state and federal opportunities.  

Regulatory Coordination & Permit Procurement

Our staff are experts in federal, state, and local requirements for working in and near Waters of the U.S., wetlands, and floodplains. Due to our successful history of providing our clients with advice and tools they need to get their projects completed within permit requirements, meeting the project goals, and protecting the area’s natural resources. Our staff have strong relationships with the permit agencies including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, County stormwater departments, and City municipal engineering departments.

Wetland Delineations & Restoration

WBK has a Professional Wetland Scientist on staff, and we are qualified to perform wetland assessments in the counties in Illinois that require certification including Kane, Lake, McHenry Counties.  We have completed wetland and Waters of the U.S. delineations throughout Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. We work with our clients in developing strategies and plans to restore wetlands and mitigate impacts during the design and permitting process.


Meeting the diverse needs of a range of clients


Bodwé Group is part of Mno-Bmadsen and wholly owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Our mission is to serve the more than 6,000 Pokagon citizens through growing the economy and legacy of the Band and our commitment extends to more than 50 Indigenous clients as well as a multitude of partners and friends from coast to coast.


Focusing on clients that offer us preference as a result of our tribal ownership by the Pokagon Band is essential to our growth. Through our 8(a) contracts and other set-asides, the Bodwé Group has successful past performance on hundreds of projects for many federal departments and agencies, and our Federal Support Services business grows significantly every year.


With experience that extends more than 25 years, our municipal and civil engineering team is proud of its long-term relationships with townships, cities, and counties. Often working as an extension of our client team, we are partners in the design, construction, maintenance, and monitoring of infrastructure for municipal sites, roads, utilities, and stormwater management.


Our transportation engineering team members are specialists in designing and permitting roadway reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, from local roads to complex highways. Whether we are modeling traffic, analyzing alternatives, designing roundabouts, or overseeing construction, the Bodwé Infrastructure Services branch keeps things moving.

Bridges & Structures

Working with Bodwé transportation and water resource engineers, our structural team embraces their responsibility for human safetyand for the protection of natural ecosystems. We understand the dynamics between built structures and potential impacts to people and planet. We design efficient, effective, and durable solutions that fit the context of the community and environment.

Water & Dams

With recognized industry expertise in stormwater and flooding as well as natural riverine and manmade conveyance, Bodwé provides waterways analyses, flood studies, dam improvement and removal, and stormwater management design. And with every project, our team takes responsibility for protecting communities and natural ecosystems.

Site Development

For decades, WBK Engineering has partnered with municipalities and private clients to develop sites and create community. Today, our Building Services and Infrastructure Services teams are engaged in planning and development work that crosses the country, serving local, federal, and Indigenous clients with an approach that integrates people, place, and planet.

Focused on benefits for people and planet

We are mediators. We create bonds between communities of people and the places we shape and form, the infrastructure serving those communities, and the land, water, and habitats we protect and restore.

miles improved
greenspaces created
waterways sustained
municipal citizens served
endangered species protected

Contact us

If you are interested in beginning a new project, you are a potential teaming partner, or you just want to chat about great architecture and engineering, please drop us a note.

Bodwé Professional Services

415 E. Prairie Ronde St.
Dowagiac, Michigan 49047

Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering

600 East Michigan Avenue
Suite B
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

3463 Magic Drive,
Suite T15
San Antonio, TX 78229

The Steelhead Engineering Company

259 E. Michigan Ave.,
Suite 407
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

WBK Engineering

116 W. Main St.
Suite 201
St. Charles, IL 60174

68 E. Michigan Ave.
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Blue Star Integrative Studio

320 S. Boston Avenue
Ste. 1710
Tulsa, OK 74103

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