Nigel Pickering, Ph.D., P.E.

Nigel Pickering is a Senior Water Resources Engineer based in Minnesota with more than 30 years of experience focused on watershed monitoring and modeling, water resources assessment and planning, and stormwater design and modeling for clients in the non-profit, private, and public sectors.

Nigel Pickering is a Senior Water Resources Engineer based in Minnesota with more than 30 years of experience focused on watershed monitoring and modeling, water resources assessment and planning, and stormwater design and modeling for clients in the non-profit, private, and public sectors.


Nigel helps clients develop and use crop, hydrologic, hydraulic, and water quality models to build innovative solutions to complex water resources problems. A technical team leader, Nigel’s development experience includes an EPA-approved watershed assessment model, a field-scale model for phosphorus losses from agricultural fields, agricultural production models responsive to climate change, and custom control software for experimental climate change chambers. Nigel’s experience spans agricultural and urban water resources, water quality, flood resilience, and stormwater. In Massachusetts, he was the lead developer for an automated approach to create statewide water budgets for sub-watersheds and the lead modeler for the Upper/Middle Charles River Total Maximum Daily Load for nutrients. He has also worked on stormwater topics including assessment, optimization, design, and flood remediation. In Washington state, he worked on satellite-based estimation of evapotranspiration, water rights trading in the Columbia River Basin, and conducted laboratory stormwater research to improve phosphorus removal for stormwater biofiltration and bioswale systems.

To advance the state of the practice, Nigel serves as a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and has served on Technical Advisory Committees in Massachusetts. He was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida where he managed technical personnel. He currently is an adjunct faculty member in both the Civil and Environmental and Biological Systems Engineering Departments at Washington State University where he serves on the departments’ thesis committees. His academic research publications have been cited more than 1,500 times.

Contact Nigel Pickering at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1 612-253-8214.

Career Summary of Nigel Pickering, Ph.D., P.E.

  • Specialties: Watershed Hydrology & Hydraulics; Surface Water Quality Modeling; Groundwater Modeling; Crop Growth Modeling; Stormwater Management and Design; Agricultural Engineering
  • Practice Areas: Environmental Management, Water and Natural Resources
  • Disciplines: Water Resources
  • Education: Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1990; M.S., Agricultural Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1982; B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Natal, South Africa, 1977
  • Registration: Florida Professional Engineer, P.E. 51473

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