Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America

Environmental Pollution and Ecotoxicology in North Carolina

Refuge Support

Contaminant Assessment of National Wildlife Refuges

In order to give the Service a nationally consistent picture of contaminant issues and monitoring needs on National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) nationwide, a standardized approach known as the Contaminant Assessment Process (CAP) was developed jointly by the Service and the U.S. Geological Survey Biomonitoring of Environmental Status and Trends (BEST) Program. Our office has worked with refuge staff, local experts, and state officials to gather and interpret information related to potential contaminant concerns on refuge lands as part of the CAP initiative. These contaminant assessments focus on any known or suspected pollution concerns on refuge lands (including historical land uses causing contamination, spills, evidence of pollution-related wildlife mortality, etc.) as well as off-refuge sources of contamination that may affect refuge resources. Information gathered as part of this assessment process is intended to guide management actions minimizing pollution threats to refuge resources. To date, contaminant assessments have been completed for six refuges in North Carolina: Pee Dee, Alligator River, Mattamuskeet, Swanquarter, Pea Island, and Cedar Island.

Program Contacts

Tom Augspurger, Ecologist, 919-856-4520 ext. 21

Sara Ward, Ecologist, 919-856-4520 ext. 30

Last Updated: November 1, 2012