On February 4, 2015, 15 cars from a Canadian Pacific train derailed into and along the Mississippi River two miles northeast of Balltown, Iowa.  Fourteen tanker cars spilled an estimated 55,000 gallons of denatured ethanol into the Mississippi River and a nearby cold water stream.  Three of the tanker cars slid down the railroad grade into the Mississippi River and onto freshwater mussel beds.  Ethanol released from the derailed cars led to negative impacts to freshwater mussel beds that were found to contain state and federally listed species.  The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as co-trustees on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration. 

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Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Ecological Services,
Environmental Response and Restoration
Additional Role(s)
Environmental Response and Restoration
Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration,
Spill Response


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The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...
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We provide national leadership in the protection and restoration of fish, wildlife, and habitats that have been threatened or injured by oil discharges, releases of hazardous substances, or other emerging contaminants of concern.


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The Illinois-Iowa Field Office is the home of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services Division, for the states of Illinois and Iowa. Ecological Services at the Illinois-Iowa Field Office includes the following programs: Endangered Species, Environmental Response and Restoration,...