We are updating the North Puget Sound geographic response plan (NPS-GRP). An important part of the update process is collecting comments from the people who live, work, and play in this GRP area.
See the updated NPS GRP Here: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/ezshare/sppr/Preparedness/NPS-GRP/NPS_PublicReviewCoverPage.pdf
Description of the covered area
The NPS-GRP encompasses the marine waters between the San Juan Islands and mainland Washington (roughly), and extends from Fidalgo Island to the South to the Canadian Border. The NPS GRP includes the marine waters of Rosario Strait, Bowman Bay, Guemes Channel, Padilla Bay, Samish Bay, Chuckanut Bay, Bellingham Bay, Hale Passage, Lummi Bay, Birch Bay, and Drayton Harbor. Fully or partially, the cities/communities of Anacortes, The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, The Samish Indian Nation, Bay View, Edison, Samish, Chuckanut, Fairhaven, Bellingham, The Lummi Nation, Ferndale, Birch Bay, and Blaine reside within the planning area. Portions of the Water Resource Inventory Areas Nooksack River (WRIA 1) and Lower Skagit (WRIA 3) are within the NCPS GRP. The planning area falls within the boundaries of Skagit and Whatcom County.
What are Geographic Response Plans?
Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) are used to guide early response actions in the event of an oil spill. Ecology develops and updates GRPs in collaboration with state, local, and federal agencies and tribes. Each GRP is written for a specific area — for example, a river, a lake, or section of Puget Sound. Each GRP 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.