Midwest Region - Ohio Ecological Services Office Conserving the nature of America

Spill Response


The US Fish and Wildlife Service's Oil Spill Program is to emphasize early planning and cooperation at the local, regional and national level in an effort to minimize the injury to fish, wildlife, and sensitive environments from oil spills. 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 biologists work to minimize the impacts to natural resources by providing scientific technical support to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator, identifying sensitive areas, suggesting preventive countermeasures to protect resources at risk, participating in search and rescue operations for injured wildlife, overseeing recovery of oiled wildlife for cleaning and rehabilitation, conducting shoreline assessment and sample collections, and initiating natural resource damage assessment activities.


More Information

> USFWS National Spill Response

> Ohio EPA Emergency Response -Phone: 800-282-9378

> USEPA Spill Response and Preparedness

> NOAA Office of Response and Restoration