What We Do

The primary function of the NPS Spill Response Program is assist parks in preparing for and responding to chemical and oil spills that do affect or may affect park natural or cultural resources and/or facilities managed by the NPS.

There are three stages when dealing with an oil spill: preparation, active response, and restoring the land and resources after the spill.

Apostle Island, Outer Island Sandspit


Learn how parks prepare for hazardous spills.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Dunbar Beach NPS/K.George


What happens during the active response stage of a spill?

NPS Photo/Gregg Bruff Twelvemile Beach at Au Sable Point at Pictured Rocks


Read about the restoration efforts that follow a spill response.

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Watch this video to learn more about how science is used to protect natural resources, especially after an oil spill.

Last updated: August 29, 2017


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