Derek Godwin

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Biography

Derek is an Extension statewide Watershed Management faculty in the Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. He is a Professor and has been working for OSU's Extension Service since 1994 in both program and administration positions. He specializes in education and research related to minimizing impacts of urban and agriculture land use practices on surface water quality, such as the implementation of green infrastructure, low-impact development, riparian enhancement and stream restoration practices. He works with watershed councils, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, land managers and policy makers to use a holistic watershed approach to address ecosystem concerns while maintaining economic stability.  Derek earned a Master’s of Science degree in Bioresource Engineering at Oregon State University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Forest Management and Wildlife at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). 

Content by Derek Godwin

Infiltration Testing: Low-impact development fact sheet

One of the first steps in siting a low-impact development facility is infiltration testing. Infiltration tests estimate the rate at which runoff will infiltrate, or pass through, native soil. An infiltration test, in essence, involves digging a hole, pouring in water, and measuring the drop in water...

By Derek Godwin | OSU Extension Catalog

Stormwater Planters: Low-impact development fact sheet

Stormwater planters are like rain gardens: They capture runoff and filter out sediment and pollutants. Unlike rain gardens, stormwater planters are contained in structures made of wood, stone, brick, or concrete. You could call them "rain gardens in a box." Explore the two different kinds of...

By Derek Godwin | OSU Extension Catalog

Porous Pavement: Low-impact development fact sheet

Porous pavement allows runoff to move through the surface and into the soil beneath, reducing the volume of stormwater. Learn about porous asphalt, pervious concrete, permeable pavers and flexible paving systems and how each variation of porous pavement can substitute for conventional, impervious...

By Derek Godwin | OSU Extension Catalog

Water-Quality Swales: Low-impact development fact sheet

A water-quality swale is like a rain garden in motion: It treats runoff while simultaneously moving it from one place to another. Water-quality swales are channeled depressions planted with trees, shrubs and grasses that help remove pollutants from stormwater. Learn about two different kinds of...

By Derek Godwin | OSU Extension Catalog

Vegetated Filter Strips: Low-impact development fact sheet

Vegetated filter strips are a stormwater management system designed to slow the speed of runoff, filter pollutants, and collect sediment. Learn design considerations and planting options for these low-maintenance, relatively inexpensive filtering facilities.

By Derek Godwin | OSU Extension Catalog

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