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Spills Program

Lower Columbia River Geographic Response Plan (LCR-GRP)

Photo of Lower Columbia River


The Lower Columbia River GRP covers the waters from the river’s mouth at the Pacific Ocean to the Bonneville Dam at river mile 145. Tributaries below the Bonneville Dam include the Youngs, Lewis and Clark, Skipanon, Chinook, Grays, Deep, Wallacut, John Day, Clatskanie, Cowlitz, Lewis, Kalama, Lake, Willamette, Sandy, and Washougal Rivers, as well as hundreds of creeks, streams, and sloughs. The coverage area includes the USFWS Ridgefield, Lewis and Clark, Franz Lake, and Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuges, as well as the Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbia White Tailed Deer. Numerous state parks and recreation areas are located within the area, and many cities including Astoria, St. Helens, and Portland in Oregon, and Cathlamet, Longview, Vancouver, and Washougal in Washington are situated along the river’s banks. The river forms the boundary between the States of Washington and Oregon.

View the Lower Columbia River GRP (October 2015) (PDF 42.9 MB)


Interim Updates

In between plan updates, GRP strategies are tested during drills and actual spill events. The results of these tests may require changes to certain response strategies, notification strategies, staging areas, or boat launch locations. Eventually, these changes will be fully incorporated into the plan. Until that time, please use the updated strategy and information sheets below in lieu of that provided for similarly numbered locations in the published plan.

No interim updates currently available



View the LCR Response To Comments Received Through June 8, 2015


How to Comment

If you have any questions, suggestions for improvement, or find errors in this document, submit comments online at http://www.rrt10nwac.com/Comment, email to Ecology at GRPs@ecy.wa.gov, or forward your comments via U.S. Mail to the following agencies:

U.S. Coast Guard
Sector Puget Sound
Incident Management Division
1519 Alaskan Way S
Building 4/IMD
Seattle, WA 98134-1192

Washington State Department of Ecology
Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (GRPs)
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Emergency Response Section
811 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204