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Spills Program

Geographic Response Plans

Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) are plans that guide oil spill response in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Each GRP is written for a specific area (for example a river, a lake, or section of Puget Sound), and includes tactical response strategies tailored to a particular shore or waterway at risk of injury from oil. GRPs have two main objectives:

  • Identify sensitive natural, cultural or significant economic resources at risk of injury from oil spills.
  • Describe and prioritize response strategies in an effort to reduce injury to sensitive natural, cultural, and certain economic resources at risk from oil spills.

There are 42 active GRPs for Washington state.  In late June 2017, 15 final versions of new or updated plans were released.

The expansion of GRPs in Washington is a result of the 2015 Oil Transportation Safety Act, and highlights our state’s efforts to protect the environment and Washingtonians from new oil spill risks.

Public comment opportunities

We accept comments on any GRP at any time by email at GRPs@ecy.wa.gov, or by regular mail at:

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

Completed GRPs

GRP Map of Washington

View the GRPs in an online map

GRP Name Partner Agencies
Admiralty Inlet WA Ecology, USCG
Central Puget Sound WA Ecology, USCG
Chehalis River WA Ecology, US-EPA
Clark, Cowlitz, SW Lewis WA Ecology, US-EPA
Columbia River WA Ecology, OR-DEQ, USCG, US-EPA
     Lower Columbia River WA Ecology, OR-DEQ, USCG, US-EPA
     Middle Columbia River (contains 4 plans) WA Ecology, OR-DEQ, USCG, US-EPA
     Upper Columbia River WA Ecology, US-EPA
Grays Harbor WA Ecology, USCG
Green River WA Ecology, US-EPA
     Green River/Duwamish WA Ecology, US-EPA
     Upper Green River WA Ecology, US-EPA
Hood Canal WA Ecology, USCG
Lake Chelan WA Ecology, US-EPA
Lake Washington WA Ecology, USCG
Lower Skagit River WA Ecology, US-EPA
Moses Lake/Crab Creek WA Ecology, US-EPA
Nisqually River WA Ecology, US-EPA
Nooksack River WA Ecology, US-EPA
North Central Puget Sound WA Ecology, USCG
Outer Coast WA Ecology, USCG
Palouse WA Ecology, US-EPA
Puyallup-White Rivers WA Ecology, US-EPA
Samish River WA Ecology, US-EPA
San Juan Islands/North Puget Sound WA Ecology, USCG
Snake River (contains 4 plans) WA Ecology, ID-OEM, US-EPA
South Puget Sound WA Ecology, USCG
Spokane River WA Ecology, US-EPA
Stillaguamish River WA Ecology, US-EPA
Strait of Juan de Fuca WA Ecology, USCG
Sumas River WA Ecology, US-EPA
Warden Washington WA Ecology, US-EPA
Washington Deschutes WA Ecology, US-EPA
Wenatchee WA Ecology, US-EPA
Willapa Bay WA Ecology, USCG
WRIA-7 WA Ecology, US-EPA
Yakima River WA Ecology, US-EPA
     Lower Yakima River WA Ecology, US-EPA
     Upper Yakima River WA Ecology, US-EPA

More information

Contact

Nhi Irwin
Plan Development & Review Unit Manager
360-407-7039
Nhi.Irwin@ecy.wa.gov