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. This is a new GRP.

View the draft Samish River GRP (July 2016) (PDF 7 MB)

View the strategies in an interactive map (new window)

Public comments received during the 30-day comment period ending on August 19, 2016 will be answered in a response summary posted alongside the final version of the plan. The anticipated release date of the final plan is June 2017.


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



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