Two New Oregon BEST Labs Focus on Water

OSU-Benton Co. Green Stormwater Research Facility

Corvallis Labs Offer Expertise and Tools to Companies, Researchers

Research areas include flood control, reservoir sedimentation, density currents, erosion and scour, aquatic habitat, stream restoration, fish passage, dam removal, onsite stormwater cleanup, and more

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two new research labs opening in Corvallis on October 16 will offer Oregon companies and others access to faculty expertise and hard-to-find research tools - including large, tilting Plexiglass flumes that can simulate river flow and concrete tanks planted as bioswales and wired with dozens of sensors. One lab is located at the Benton County Development Dept. and will help clean stormwater runoff from the property.

The new labs, funded in part by Oregon BEST and directed by Oregon State University faculty, are designed to address water-related research ranging from stormwater cleanup technologies to flood control, erosion, dam removal, and more.

River Hydraulics Lab at OSU"We're pleased to be investing in our network of shared-user labs that benefit new and existing companies, professors and students," said David Kenney, President and Executive Director of Oregon BEST. "These two new facilities are highly collaborative projects that will help Oregon and the Pacific Northwest address a wide range of important water-related issues."

The two new labs will bring to nine the number of Oregon BEST Labs in the state.

The outdoor facilities celebrate grand openings on October 16 with morning and afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremonies that will include tours and demonstrations.

11:45 a.m. (located behind O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Lab. 3550 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis):
The Multipurpose River Hydraulics Research Facility, an Oregon BEST Lab, features a recirculating system with the ability to test two simultaneous experiments in large, adjustable Plexiglas flumes with flows of up to 35 cubic feet per second. The facility is ideal for testing river and low-head pressurized hydraulic structures, and it can also be used for a wide range of research projects, including flood control, reservoir sedimentation, density currents, erosion and scour, aquatic habitat, stream restoration, fish passage and dam removal. The lab is directed by OSU professor Arturo Leon. More information and images here:

4 p.m. (located at Benton County Shops, 360 SW Avery Ave., Corvallis):
Funded by Benton County, Oregon BEST, OSU and the Oregon Water Resources Dept., the OSU-Benton County Green Stormwater Infrastructure Research Facility, an Oregon BEST Lab, is a three-celled stormwater research facility for field-scale experiments and testing of green infrastructure (e.g., raingardens, bioswales, etc.). The long cells provide the ability to test various stormwater treatment technologies and treatment of various stormwater contaminants. Each cell is instrumented with multiple sensors to enable better data collection and modeling. Located on the NW corner of the Benton County Development Department property at SW Avery Avenue in Corvallis, Oregon, the facility intercepts and captures runoff from approximately 100,000 square feet of catchment area in the County property. The lab is directed by OSU professor Meghna Babbar-Sebens. More information and images here:

Sources: David Kenney, 503-725-9800; Meghna Babbar-Sebens, 541-737- 8536; Arturo Leon, 541-737-2606