Barney has been a Trustee since the start of ART (2011). He brings his research experience in his role as Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Sheffield, where he has an international reputation. A major theme of his research is about groundwater and contaminated land; more recently he has been working on a range of projects on urban rivers and their pollution. These have included: the risks of pollution from industrial estates, the effects of misconnections in sewer systems on river ecology, and the barriers to salmon passage on the river Don.
With his student Dave Chandler, he developed a cheap and effective way to monitor for misconnected drainage which was widely publicised, for example in the Guardian and on Buzzfeed and is now being used in the beck.
Barney leads the Friends of Bradford’s Becks work. As well as regular litter picks in the spring when the vegetation is still short, there is an invasive species group, a project to mark the underground course of the Beck in Bradford City Centre, and the group are working towards a renaturalisation demonstration.