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James Ensign promoted to Water Resources Practice Leader, Bergmann

DATE: April 6, 2021

Bergmann Location

Lansing, MI
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National architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann has named James Ensign, PE, the new water resources practice leader in its Midwest Infrastructure group. Ensign, a Certified Floodplain Manager, joined Bergmann’s Lansing, Michigan office in 2017.

In his new role, Ensign will oversee the team working on the firm’s waterways projects and initiatives in the Midwest region, including dam improvements, hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, determination of floodplain elevations and delineations, lake and pond design, storm sewer systems, and open channel drains and streams.

“We are very excited to see James move into this role,” stated Jeremy Hedden, PE, vice president, Bergmann. “He is passionate about water resources and will be highly effective as a practice leader, helping our team and clients address the numerous challenges they’re facing today and into the future. Whether addressing a drainage ditch or a complex dam project, James’s expertise and people skills will help everyone involved realize success."

Ensign’s experience over his 13-year career includes maintenance and improvement projects administered under The Drain Code of 1956, as well as dam and lake level projects administered under parts 307 and 315 of the Michigan Environmental Protection Act. To efficiently manage these projects, Ensign facilitated communications between many high-profile stakeholders, including Drain Commissioners, County Road Commissions, municipalities, property owners, Natural Resources Conservation Service, FEMA, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, Transportation, and Agriculture.

Ensign has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University with emphasis in water resources and structural analysis. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Association of State Dam Officials (ASDO), Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), Water Management Association of Ohio (WMAO), Michigan Stormwater Floodplain Association (MSFA), and the Michigan Water and Environmental Association (MWEA).


For more than four decades, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been delivering results to clients across the United States and Canada. This team of more than 450 professionals spans the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions. Bergmann develops connections with partners and communities to create dynamic, creative solutions that will stand the test of time, while promoting environmental and functional sustainability. Projects in the Bergmann portfolio range from signature buildings and commercial developments to critical transportation infrastructure and community planning.