Contaminant Biology Program

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"Everything we do is designed to safeguard the Nation's health, economy, and resources."

The combined Contaminant Biology and Toxics Substances Hydrology Programs provide a unique portfolio of scientists, laboratories, field sites, and capabilities to study contaminants in the environment to protect that most precious resource—health.

A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) wildlife pathologist examines a Cassin's auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) in the necropsy lab

"Everything we do is designed to safeguard the Nation's health, economy, and resources." 

Deployment of SPMDs and POCIS passive samplers at Willow Beach, Arizona

Examples of priority science activities that fill current science gaps.

The quality of the water we drink can inpact our health

The daily news cycle demonstrates that the public, health organizations, industry, and government agencies want to know if contaminants and pathogens in the environment pose a risk to the health of humans, pets, livestock, or wildlife.