We're extending the San Juan Islands Geographic Response Plan (GRP) until Dec. 31, 2020.
Access the SJI GRP here: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/ezshare/sppr/preparedness/SJICoverpage.pdf
Description of the covered area
The San Juan Islands are bounded by the Strait of Georgia to the north, Rosario Strait to the east, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the south, and Haro Strait to the west. The marine waters surrounding the San Juan Islands are among the most biologically-rich and sensitive areas of the state. A wide diversity of shoreline and marine habitats (rocks, reefs, and islands), abundant food resources, and exceptional water quality all contribute to making this area especially valuable to wildlife. The communities of Friday Harbor, Eastsound, and Lopez are located within the boundaries of this planning area, as well as all of San Juan 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) 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 to reduce injury to sensitive natural, cultural, and certain economic resources at risk from oil spills.
The Legislature requires additional planning related to oil that may not remain floating in the environment, called non-floating oils (NFOs), in order to maintain Washington’s spill preparedness. This draft GRP contains updates related to NFOs in the Non-Floating Oil Response Options and Resources at Risk sections of the GRP. In addition, GRPs published by Ecology are moving to a new web-based format.