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Geographic Response Plans (GRPs)


Published and maintained separately as annexes to the Northwest Area Contingency Plan, Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) are part of the hierarchy of plans that guide responses to oil spills 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:

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

GRPs are developed in partnership with Washington State Department of Ecology, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (OR-DEQ), the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of the Region 10 Response Team (RRT) and Northwest Area Committee (NWAC).

The following map shows all GRPs currently developed for Washington State; both marine and inland areas. A listing of Washington State GRPs is also provided below.

Geographic Response Plan map San Juan Islands & North Puget Sound GRP webpage San Juan Islands & North Puget Sound GRP webpage North Central Puget Sound GRP webpage Strait of Juan de Fuca GRP webpage WRIA 7 Geographic Response Plan webpage Admiralty Inlet/Hood Canal Geographic Response Plan webpage Lake Washington Geographic Response Plan webpage Outer Coast Geographic Response Plan webpage Grays Harbor Geographic Response Plan webpage Willapa Bay Geographic Response Plan webpage Central Puget Sound Geographic Response Plan webpage Duwamish/Green River Geographic Response Plan South Puget Sound Geographic Response Plan Nisqually River Geographic Response Plan webpage Chehalis River Geographic Response Plan webpage Clark/Cowlitz Geographic Response Plan Snake River Geographic Response Plan webpage Moses Lake & Crab Creek Geographic Response Plan webpage Spokane Geographic Response Plan webpage Lake Chelan Geographic Response Plan webpage Image Map Lower Columbia River Geographic Response Plan webpage Middle Columbia River Geographic Response Plan

To view additional and interactive map layers, including rail lines and oil by rail facilities, click here: View Larger Map

The following is a list that shows all GRPs currently developed for Washington State; both marine and inland areas. Click the GRP name to download PDF chapters or a full version of the plan.

Completed GRPs
GRP Name Partner Agencies
Admiralty Inlet/Hood Canal 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 WA Ecology, OR-DEQ, USCG, US-EPA
      Middle Columbia WA Ecology, OR-DEQ, USCG, US-EPA
Grays Harbor WA Ecology, USCG
Green River/Duwamish WA Ecology, US-EPA
Lake Chelan WA Ecology, US-EPA
Lake Washington WA Ecology, USCG
Moses Lake/Crab Creek WA Ecology, US-EPA
Nisqually River WA Ecology, US-EPA
North Central Puget Sound WA Ecology, USCG
Outer Coast WA Ecology, USCG
San Juan Islands/North Puget Sound WA Ecology, USCG
Snake River WA Ecology, OR-DEQ, US-EPA
South Puget Sound WA Ecology, USCG
Spokane River WA Ecology, US-EPA
Strait of Juan de Fuca WA Ecology, USCG
Willapa Bay WA Ecology, USCG
WRIA-7 WA Ecology, US-EPA
GRPs Under Development
GRP Name Partner Agencies
   

GRP TOOLS & FORMS

LINKS

2015 report to
legislature on GRP
statewide review

GRP Update & Development Priorities

Focus On Geographic Response Plans

Draft GRPs and Public Comments

RRT10/NWAC GRPs

RRT10/NWAC - Submit Comments

GRP FTP Site

CONTACT INFORMATION

Harry Chichester
Harry.Chichester
@ecy.wa.gov

GRP Lead
360-407-7202 Voice
360-407-7288 Fax

Washington Department
of Ecology
Spills Program
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA
98504-7600