Samish River Geographic Response Plan (SAMR-GRP)

Photo of Samish River

The 29 mile-long Samish River sources in a wetland complex shared with the South Fork Nooksack River, where it drains south for nine miles side-by-side with Highway 9 and BNSF tracks carrying empty oil train cars. Farther downstream, the river is crossed by BNSF tracks carrying full unit trains of crude oil north to the Ferndale-area refineries, as well as the BP Olympic Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline, and I-5. Lake Samish in Whatcom County drains south into Friday Creek, a major tributary of the Samish, and is also crossed by I-5 and both pipelines. The lower four miles of Samish River are included in the North Central Puget Sound GRP. The communities of Alger, Allen, Bow, Sedro-Wooley and Wickersham are located in this area.

View the Samish River GRP (June 2017) (PDF 10 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.


How to Comment

If you have any questions, suggestions for improvement, or find errors in this document, submit comments online at, email to Ecology at, 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