In 2016, the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission assembled a committee to help the commission define its role in aquatic invasive species management. Barr attended and assisted with the committee meetings, which included staff from the commission, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, lake groups, and state and regional agencies. The committee determined the activities needed to address aquatic invasive species (including early detection and monitoring, vulnerability assessments, boat launch management, education, and invasive species treatments), identified the entities already filling those roles, and determined ways the commission could augment those activities.
The committee’s recommendations included development of a rapid response plan for key aquatic invasive species (starry stonewort, Eurasian watermilfoil, and zebra mussels) in priority lakes. In early 2018, after discussions with various organizations, Barr completed the plan, which outlines the actions required to address new infestations. These actions included communication, monitoring, permitting, containment, and design and implementation of treatments. Barr continues to assist the commission as it implements the rapid response plan to prevent new aquatic invasive species infestations and address new infestations, such as zebra mussels and starry stonewort in Medicine Lake.