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Ohio's industrial heritage has brought prosperity to the state, but has also left a legacy of polluted water and soil that continues to impact our natural resources and human health. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is the main federal agency dedicated to protecting wildlife and their habitat from pollution's harmful effects, helping to create a healthy world for all living things.

The Contaminant Program's operations are integrated into all other Service activities and the Service's contaminants specialists often work in partnership with other agencies and organizations which have come to rely on our expertise. Ohio Field Office contaminants specialists are available to:
  • Identify sources of pollution
  • Investigate pollution effects on fish, wildlife, and habitat
  • Investigate fish and wildlife die-offs
  • Respond to oil and hazardous material spills or releases
  • Restore habitats and resources degraded by pollution
  • Provide advice to properly dispose of hazardous materials
  • Provide advice to minimize the use of pesticides and fertilizer
  • Provide technical expertise to other federal agencies, states, industry and agricultural interests
Contaminants specialists review environmental documents, legislation, regulations, and permits and licenses with pollution potential to ensure that harmful effects on fish, wildlife, and plants are avoided or minimized. Some examples include:
  • Analysis of documents and permits related to control of nonpoint source pollution from agriculture and urban runoff, point source pollution from industrial and municipal waste treatment facilities, and discharges of dredge and fill material
  • Review of proposed mining projects to ensure that habitat quality concerns are adequately addressed
  • Review of EPA pesticide registration proposals to ensure that potential impacts to fish and wildlife are considered
  • Review of pesticide use on FWS lands to ensure these chemicals are properly applied and, in some cases, to recommend the use of acceptable alternatives

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Last updated: February 20, 2012