Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office Environmental Contaminants
“Conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife and their habitats by identifying, preventing, and mitigating the effects of contaminants through collaboration with other Federal, Tribal, State, and local agencies as well as our partners in academia, industry and the public.”
Environmental Contaminants (EC) biologists and toxicologists work with others to prevent and investigate contaminant-related effects to natural resources and to implement restoration actions that directly improve the watersheds and landscapes injured from the release of contaminants.
They uncover potential contaminant problems by evaluating proposed or existing projects and working with other agencies, the public, and industry groups to develop workable solutions to resolving ongoing effects. The Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) program resolves contentious environmental problems from spills and hazardous waste sites and restores habitat and injured species of fish and wildlife.
The overall goal of the professionals in the EC program is to ensure contaminants do not become a major factor causing any Fish and Wildlife Service trust resource (threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, fishery resources, some marine mammals, and refuge lands) to decline. We accomplish this goal by investigating contamination events and resolving potential contaminant problems before they become significant, and by working with industry/ agency personnel and the public to restore injured natural resources when prevention measures fail.
The Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office’s Environmental Contaminants Program core strength is scientific expertise and a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. The program provides technical assistance to all other Service programs (National Wildlife Refuges, fisheries, law enforcement, migratory birds, endangered species, section 7, FERC, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and private lands/partnerships, and recovery).
NRDAR Program Fact Sheet (PDF 1.6 MB)
Last updated: November 6, 2012