Midwest Region Conserving the nature of America

Conserving the Nature of America

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
in the Midwest

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Find a location near you.

The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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Investigations

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An Environmental Contaminants biologist conducts a necropsy on a fish onsite as part of the Contaminants of Emerging Concern study funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Photo by USFWS

Environmental Contaminants scientists investigate the ecological impacts of contaminants that are released into the environment through:

 

• municipal and industrial discharges,

• oil or hazardous substances spills,

• mining,

• urban and agricultural runoff, and

• from other sources. 

 

We design and conduct studies to identify and quantify contaminant impacts to fish and wildlife resources on and off Service lands (i.e., National Wildlife Refuges). The investigations result in specific management recommendations to prevent, reduce, or eliminate impacts. Investigations are based on sound scientific designs reviewed through a scientific peer review process. Finished reports are then made available to the public and other government agencies.

 


 

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