Lower Skagit River Geographic Response Plan (LKSA-GRP)

Lower Skagit Picture

The Lower Skagit River GRP starts at the upstream end of Sedro-Woolley near river mile 25, near BNSF tracks bringing empty oil cars back from Canada. Between river mile 16 and river mile 8, there are crossings by unit trains full of crude oil headed to refineries in Anacortes and Ferndale, plus I-5 and the BP Olympic Pipeline. Just below the pipeline crossing, the river splits into a large delta of sloughs and islands between the North Fork and the South Fork of the Skagit River. The lower 3 to 5 miles of this delta is included in the North Central Puget Sound GRP. The communities of Avon, Burlington, Conway, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Wooley are located in this plan.

View the Lower Skagit River GRP (June 2017) (PDF 9 MB)

Public comments received during the 30-day comment period in summer 2016 will be answered in a response summary posted alongside the final version of the plan.

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.

BL-NFSKAR-3.2 - Blake's RV Park & Marina
SA-NFSKAR-3.2 - Blake's RV Park & Marina

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. Environmental Protection Agency
Region 10
Office of Environmental Cleanup
1200 Sixth Avenue
Room ECL-116
Seattle, WA 98101

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