Happy holidays! As we prepare to turn the page to 2022, we at Barr have so much to celebrate and look forward to—thanks to our clients and partners.
Though I became president and CEO of Barr in 2021, I’m anything but new to this company, having just celebrated my 23rd year here. Even after all these years, I continue to be amazed by the dedication, passion, and ingenuity of our staff. I know firsthand how deeply Barr’s employee-owners care about client service and the work you entrust us to perform on your behalf.
We also share with you a strong commitment to the communities in which we live and work. We’re honoring this commitment through year-end donations and contributions of volunteer time to causes such as affordable housing, ending hunger, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
We’re grateful for the opportunities we’ve had in 2021 to work with you on your projects. We’re excited about the challenges we’ll help you solve and the great outcomes we’ll help you achieve in the year ahead.
Ward Swanson, who began serving as Barr’s president and CEO in 2021, helps industry and regulatory authorities solve complex analytical issues related to preserving and restoring the environment. He is a nationally recognized expert on geochemical analysis, hydrocarbon fingerprinting, low-level mercury analysis, dioxin and furan analysis, and chemicals of concern such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,4-dioxane. His three decades of experience also encompass environmental-data quality assurance and quality control; laboratory regulation and certification; analytical methodologies; and internal-database quality.
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Green infrastructure and stacked-benefits projects
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Minnesota DNR releases new commercial solar siting guidance
Emerging PFAS destruction technologies
The Inflation Reduction Act: Manufacturing focus
Domestic uranium production on the rise
EPA's latest proposed rule eliminates PFAS reporting exemption
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Floodplain management expert joins Barr
Designing Africa’s first potash mine
The Inflation Reduction Act: Mining focus
The Inflation Reduction Act: Power focus
A deeper look into the promising new PFAS destruction approach
Tailings storage facilities: A unique challenge for a critical industry
The Inflation Reduction Act: Fuels focus
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Stabilizing a community's backup water supply
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Inflation Reduction Act opens door for energy investment
Reviving landings on Lake Michigan's Plum and Pilot Islands
PFAS: What’s all the hype?
Becoming an environmental engineer, despite the odds
Siting a solar farm on brownfields, landfills, and former industrial sites
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Explosives engineering: Is it as dangerous as it sounds?
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Achieving work-life balance as a female engineer and military spouse
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Incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies
Developing long-term PFAS solutions
Establishing climate change adaptation strategies
Designing new tools and solutions for stormwater quality improvement
Maximizing the usefulness of big data and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Uncovering the technical challenges of paste, filtered tailings, and mine backfill
Adding value with technology-enhanced imaging
Navigating floodwater management
Harnessing the power of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology
Delivering innovation on Department of Energy projects
Q&A: Spotlight on safety
Transforming water treatment plant design
Unlock funding for abandoned mines
Proactive permitting strategy powers solar project success
Stormwater: Underground and under control
Financing your project with federal infrastructure funding
SEC proposes broad climate-related reporting rules
Fuel standards and carbon intensity to drive profitability
New PFAS rule to have broad implications
Restoration project near Lake Superior wins top honor
Slope stabilization puts mine site back in operation
"Backyard" rainwater feature reduces downstream pollutants
Modeling roadmap helps manage chloride levels
Statistics unlock answers to contamination questions
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Facing climate-change challenges with confidence
TRI updates include new reporting requirements
Q&A: Survey season in Michigan
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Barr names Ward Swanson as president and CEO
Island Lake Dam repair project wins engineering award
Barr establishes office in Reno to support client projects
Navigating new S-K 1300 reporting standard
Addressing the risks of acid-generating materials
Renewable natural gas projects turn waste to energy
Brownfields open doors for clean-energy development
Enhancing flood-protection measures in North Dakota
Inspecting a stormwater tunnel during river drawdown
Working with the weather during inversions
Barr acquires Michigan environmental firm
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