Rock Island Ecological Services Field Office
Midwest Region

 

 

 

Rock Island Field Office

Ecological Services
1511 47th Avenue
Moline, IL  61265

Phone:  309-757-5800
Fax: 309-757-5807
Federal Relay:  800-877-8339
 

Email: RockIsland@fws.gov

 

 

 

 


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Environmental Contaminants

 

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program
Restoration Plans and NEPA Environmental Assessments

 

Contaminants biologists in Region 3 restore habitats and resources injured by releases of hazardous substances using a process called Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The goals of NRDA are to restore the habitats and resources to the condition they would have been had the hazardous substances not been released, and to compensate the public for the loss of their use or enjoyment of natural resources.

Yellow River Fish Structure

Workers install a fish cover structure made out of oak planks under the rehabilitated streambank of the Yellow River in northeastern Iowa.  The shoreline was planted in native prairie species. Photograph by Allamakee County, Iowa Soil and Water District.

 

Missouri River Floodplain, Iowa
A hazardous waste site located near Sergeant Bluff,, Woodbury County, Iowa, released heavy metals into floodplain wetlands of the Missouri River. This Restoration Plan evaluates various alternatives to help restore natural resources that were injured from those releases.

 

Missouri River Floodplain Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment
Figure 1          FONSI        

 

 

Calamus Creek, Iowa
A hazardous waste site located in Lehigh, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa released cement kiln dust with heavy metals into Calamus Creek which flows into the Winnebago River. This Restoration Plan evaluates various alternatives to help restore natural resources that were injured from those releases.

 

Calamus Creek Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment

 

 

Yellow River, Iowa
A treatment plant in the Postville, Iowa discharged partially treated sewage and meat packing plant wastes into Hecker Creek which flows into the Yellow River. There was a massive fish kill in the Yellow River. This Restoration Plan evaluates various alternatives to help restore natural resources that were injured from those releases.

 

Yellow River Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment
FONSI          MOU

 

 

Mississippi River Pool 15, Iowa
A Superfund Site located along the Mississippi River shoreline in Riverdale, Scott County, Iowa, released hazardous substances (a variety of inorganic and organic compounds) into the Upper Mississippi River. This Restoration Plan evaluates various alternatives to help restore natural resources that were injured from those releases.

 

Upper Mississippi River Pool 15 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment  
Appendix A     Appendix B         

 

 

Pipe Line Oil Release near Mt. Erie, Illinois
Crude oil spilled from a pipeline rupture south of the towns of Mt. Erie and north of Golden Gate, Wayne County, Illinois. The spill occurred on August 10, 2008. This report documents the extent of damages to natural resources and plans to restore those resources.

 

Mt. Erie, IL Pipeline Oil Spill Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment  
Figure 1          Figure 2          Figure 3

Links:

 

Departmental new release

Endangered Species Consultation Biological Opinion

News article July 12, 2012

Download GoogleEarth KMZ file of restoration areas

 

Photograph: Crews plant root prume method (RPM) trees in restoration areas. Photograph by USFWS; Mike Coffey

 

 

 

Vermilion River System, Champaign and Vermilion Counties, Illinois
Conditions at a hazardous waste site in Hegeler, Illinois caused the release of heavey metals and pesticides into Grape Creek that flows into the Vermilion River. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received funding related to banksruptcy settlement. This funding is being used to restore natural resources in the Vermilion River System. The Restoration Plan evaluates various alternatives to help restore natural resources that were injured as a result of the releases.

 

Vermilion River System Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment

Appendix A

Links:

 

Project web page U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

News article dated August 31, 2012

News article dated September 8, 2012

Blog by volunteers helping with tagging mussels

National Wild and Scenic Rivers System

State Water Quality Restoration TMDL

Northern riffleshell U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Clubshell web page U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Northern riffleshell Illinois Natural History Survey

Clubshell Illinois Natural History Survey

 

Photograph: Northern riffleshell, male and female clubshell with numbered tags ready for stocking into the Vermilion River watershed. Photograph by USFWS; Mike Coffey

 

 

 

To request more information, please contact:

 

Mike Coffey
Environmental Contaminants Program Team Leader

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

1511 47th Avenue
Moline, IL  61265

Email: Michael_Coffey@fws.gov

Phone: 309-757-5800 Extension 206

 

 

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Last updated: January 11, 2013