Outer Coast Geographic Response Plan (OC-GRP)

Outer Coast Shoreline Image

The outer coast of Washington state encompasses approximately 75 miles of shoreline between Cape Flattery and Grays Harbor. It is an ecologically rich and diverse area that includes some of the most scenic coastline in the world. Much of the coastal zone consists of wildlife sanctuaries.

Unlike most of Puget Sound, this region faces direct exposure to the constant waves and storms of the Pacific Ocean. Numerous forms of marine life thrive in this high energy environment. Kelp forests(Nereocystis and Macrocystis) provide important offshore habitat. Seabirds such as puffins, murres, marbled murrelets, gulls, and cormorants, and marine mammals such as harbor seals, sea otters and sea lions are at home here. Bald eagles are also common. Several of the rivers that empty into the Pacific Ocean are spawning areas for Chinook, Coho, and other anadromous fish. The coastal zone supports commercial fishing and some sport fishing areas, as well as many shellfish harvesting areas.
View the Outer Coast GRP (July 2017) (PDF 17.1 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 OC Response To Comments Received Through May 28, 2008


How to Comment

If you have any questions or comments, suggestions for improvement, or find errors in this document please submit comments online at http://www.rrt10nwac.com/Comment, email them to us at GRPs@ecy.wa.gov, or forward them 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