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Miya N Barr

Miya Barr is a Hydrologist for the Water-Quality and Environmental Health Section of the USGS, Central Midwest Water Science Center, in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

Miya began her career with the Missouri Water Science center in 1996 as a sediment laboratory assistant while attending the University of Missouri-Rolla. After graduation, Miya remained at the Missouri WSC measuring streamflow and sediments, and assisted senior hydrologists with projects such as bathymetric surveys, flood studies, as well as stormflow events for nutrients, fecal indicator bacteria, and sediment.

In 2004, Miya became the Missouri Sediment Laboratory supervisor, reviewing over 5,000 sediment results a year, training many employees and students, and providing technical assistance to numerous coworkers across the USGS. In 2013, Miya became the Water Quality Specialist for the Missouri WSC.

Miya has been project manager on several studies, most focusing on sediment quality and quantity. Among her most-challenging and favorites were assessing water-quality conditions of a watershed affected by a 1.2 billion-gallon reservoir embankment breach, and assessing lead-contaminated sediments in a historically-mined region. She has represented the Office of Water Quality as a data reviewer on more than 10 technical reviews, reviewed other USGS sediment laboratories, studied the efficiency of field equipment for sediment collection, and has been a member of the Virtual Sediment Advisory Committee.