Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America

Environmental Pollution and Ecotoxicology in North Carolina

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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. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Environmental Contaminants Specialists are dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat from pollution's harmful effects, through technical assistance, spill response, and natural resources damage assessment and restoration.

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.


Program Contacts:


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

Sara Ward, Ecologist, (252) 473-1132, ext. 243


Mailing Address

Raleigh Field Office

P.O. Box 33726

Raleigh, NC 27636-3726

Last Updated: November 30, 2018