Virginia Field Office
Northeast Region
liquid asphalt release into the Nottoway River in Nottoway and Lunenburg Counties, Virginia Environmental Contaminants Program Goals

Prevent impacts to wildlife from pollution, for generations of wildlife viewers to enjoy

Identify and investigate pollution effects on wildlife, so they will have a healthy future

Restore fish, wildlife, and their habitats that were adversely impacted by contaminants, so people can enjoy clean water, diverse wildlife and the beauty provided by these natural resources

Spill Incident Planning and Response Connect with Us

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.

Frequently asked questions about wildlife, birds and bird nests

Oil and Nature (PDF - 101KB)
Oil Spills and the Public (PDF - 17KB)
The Service's Role During Oil Spills (PDF - 1.03MB)


Useful Websites

U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center

NOAA Office of Response and Restoration

EPA - Responding to Oil Spills

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Last updated: March 25, 2019