New York Field Office
Northeast Region

Environmental Contaminants

Environmental contaminants can impact the health and survival of fish and wildlife, as well as make these natural resources unfit for human consumption.

The New York Field Office’s environmental contaminants program responds to the threats that contaminants pose to fish and wildlife. We conduct studies across New York State to determine whether contaminants, such as heavy metals or polychlorinated biphenyls, are affecting fish and wildlife. Our Biologists also respond to oil and chemical spills, evaluate the effects of pesticides and other chemicals on endangered species, and work with our National Wildlife Refuges to help them in land acquisition and chemical disposal.

love canal pipe

Love Canal, photo by USFWS

Biologist investigating Onondaga Lake

Biologist Observing atOnondaga Lake

Fish sampling in the Genesee River

GLRI Fish Sampling, Genesee River, USFWS

“The most alarming of all man’s assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers,
and the sea with dangerous and even lethal materials.”
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

collage of contaminants danger signs


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Environmental Contaminants


Technical Assistance to EPA

Natural Resource Damage Assessment

Oil Spill Response

Refuge Support


Last updated: April 25, 2016
All images by FWS unless otherwise noted.