The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded a $151,306 cooperative agreement to the Department of Biology at Southeast Missouri State University to support Dr. Rebecka Brasso and her students’ project. She and her students have launched a study to assess the effects of lead exposure on songbirds breeding within the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District. This study is part of an ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration process being conducted among a number of co-trustees. The NRDA process will determine whether releases of hazardous substances have injured natural resources, quantify injuries, if any, and determine damages and compensate the public for the loss of natural resources.