Geographic Response Plans (GRPs)

Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) are geographic-specific response plans for oil spills to water. They include response strategies tailored to a specific beach, shore, or waterway and meant to minimize impact on sensitive resources threatened by the spill. Each GRP has two main priorities:
  • To identify sensitive natural, cultural or significant economic resources.
  • To describe and prioritize response strategies in an effort to minimize injury to sensitive natural, cultural, and certain economic resources at risk from oil spills.

GRPs are developed in partnership with Washington State Department of Ecology, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (OR-DEQ), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of the Region 10 Response Team (RRT) and Northwest Area Committee (NWAC).

The following interactive map shows all GRPs currently developed for Washington State; both marine and inland areas. A listing of Washington State GRPs is also provided below.

The following is a list that shows all GRPs currently developed for Washington State; both marine and inland areas. These chapters are also available for download from the Spills FTP site.

GRP Name Partner Agencies
Admiralty Inlet/Hood Canal WA-Ecology, USCG
Central Puget Sound WA-Ecology, USCG
Clark/Cowlitz WA-Ecology
Columbia River WA-Ecology, OR-DEQ, USCG, US-EPA
Grays Harbor WA-Ecology, USCG
Nisqually River WA-Ecology, EPA
North Central Puget Sound WA-Ecology, USCG
Outer Coast WA-Ecology, USCG
San Juan Islands/North Puget Sound WA-Ecology, USCG
Snake River WA-Ecology, OR-DEQ, US-EPA
South Puget Sound WA-Ecology, USCG
Spokane River WA-Ecology, US-EPA
Strait of Juan de Fuca WA-Ecology, USCG
Willapa Bay WA-Ecology, USCG
WRIA-7 WA-Ecology, EPA







Frequently Asked Questions: Geographic Response Plans

FAQ: How GRPs are Developed

GRP Tools & Forms


GRP drafts and public comments

Download GRPs from our FTP site


RRT10/NWAC - Submit Comments

GRP Update & Development Priorities

Contact Information

Harry Chichester
(Marine GRPs)
360-407-7202 Voice
360-407-7288 FAX

Scott Zimmerman
(Inland GRPs)

Washington Dept. of Ecology
Spills Program
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA