The best way to protect our natural resources from the
threat of contamination is through prevention. To prepare for responding
to emergency hazardous materials spills, pre-spill planning is a part
of our job. We also review pesticide permits and water quality criteria
to make sure they are protective of our resources.
Biologists in our Environmental Contaminants Program monitor
the health of fish and wildlife at our National Wildlife Refuges. In
addition, we examine known and potential sources of pollution that
may affect fish and wildlife resources. To view a list of field studies
and reports, click here.
Spill Response, Natural Resource Damage Assessment, and Restoration
Our Contaminants Program works with state and federal agencies
to protect fish and wildlife during a spill event. In addition,
we assess damages to natural resources so that habitats impacted
by contaminant releases can be restored.
Depicted below is an example of a restoration
project in the North Fork John Day River Basin.
Contaminants biologists provide technical expertise to the private sector,as
well as state and and other governmental agencies, on topics including:
ecological risk assessment, water quality, superfund sites, pesticide
use and registration, endangered species issues, and National Wildlife
Refuge assessments and cleanups.