Environmental Pollution and Ecotoxicology in North Carolina
What is the Environmental Contaminants Program?
Pollution is one of the American public's greatest environmental concerns. Environmental toxicology, or ecotoxicology, is the science of studying and predicting the harmful effects of pollutants on plants, animals and their habitats. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Environmental Quality is dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat from pollution's harmful effects.
How we are working for you
In North Carolina, the Service’s Environmental Contaminants Program investigates and evaluates the effects of contaminants with the goals of pollution prevention and environmental restoration. Actions include project review relative to pollution issues (hazardous waste sites, surface water discharges, etc.), environmental sampling (water, sediment, fish and wildlife sampling in investigations associated with National Wildlife Refuges, migratory birds and endangered species), spill response planning, and environmental risk assessment. Areas of emphasis in North Carolina are water quality and endangered species, and refuge support.
What's new? Find here the most recent information from us and others about our program.
- A Dozen Partners Restore One Ancient Ecosystem. Stacy Shelton, Refuge Update, July/August 2012. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/RefugeUpdate/pdfs/refUp_JulyAug_2012.pdf
- FWS Eyes Carbon Storage As Fundraiser For Habitat Restoration. Laura Petersen, August 6, 2012. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/2012/08/06/archive/5?terms=fws+eyes+carbon
- Efforts Begin To Put Water Back Into Great Dismal Swamp Peat Bogs. Matthew Ward, Washington Post, March 12, 2012. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/efforts-begin-to-put-water-back-into-peatbogs/2012/02/10/gIQA4PiA6R_story.html
- Peatland Restoration Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_hznCqSZic
Tom Augspurger, Ecologist, 919-856-4520 ext. 21