Georgia Ecological Services Field Offices
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Environmental Contaminants

Credit: Tom MacKenzie, USFWS

Oil spill response. Credit: Tom MacKenzie, USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is dedicated to protecting wildlife and their habitats from the harmful effects of pollution. Our responsibilities include:

  • - Oil and chemical spill response
  • - Assessing natural resource injury and restoring injured resources through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) program
  • - Technical Support

Spill Incident Planning and Response

Environmental contaminant specialists work throughout the year to prevent oil and chemical spills from occurring by coordinating with other Federal, state and local partners as well as industry to draft or update spill response plans and participate in spill contingency exercises. In the event that a spill does occur, contaminant specialists work to minimize the impacts to natural resources by providing scientific technical support to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator, suggesting preventive countermeasures to protect resources at risk, participating in search and rescue operations for injured wildlife, and initiating natural resource damage assessment activities.

To report a spill or environmental violation, please visit the U.S. National Coast Guard National Response Center.


Oil spill response action. Photo: USFWS

Related Link:
FWS Environmental Response and Restoration - Oil Spills and Hazardous Substance Releases

Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program (NRDAR)

When trust species and/or their habitats are harmed by a release of contaminants into the environment, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Program responds by: 1) gathering data to assess and quantify those injuries, and 2) working with those responsible to ensure that the public is appropriately compensated for what was lost.

For more information on NRDAR and to learn about the Service’s NRDAR cases in Georgia, please visit the U.S. Department of the Interior Restoration Program webpage.

Level I survey on Okefenokee NWR.   Underground storage tank removal on Harris Neck NWR.
Photo: USFWS   Photo: USFWS

Technical Support

Environmental contaminant specialists provide expertise to all Service programs in evaluating the fate of contaminants in the environment and the risk that such contaminants pose to fish and wildlife resources.

Last updated: April 23, 2021