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Geographic Response Plans (GRPs)

Geographic response plans (GRPs) are plans that guide early actions when oil spills happen. GRPs are made up of pre-identified strategies for specific areas of the state at risk from oil spills. The strategies are designed to minimize impacts to sensitive environmental, cultural, and economic resources. The state Legislature directs us to develop and routinely update these plans.

In the Pacific Northwest, planning for significant oil and hazardous spills are conducted through a three state (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho) Northwest Area Contingency Plan (NWACP). The NWACP provides policies and tools to ensure a rapid and aggressive response occurs. GRPs are one of the many tools that are available in the NWACP.  

In Washington, we are responsible for GRP development. We develop GRPs in collaboration with all the states, local and federal agencies, and tribes. We have developed a website that is used to maintain the GRPs and provide information for oil spill information and education. To view GRPs, visit the Oil Spills 101 website.

GRPs protect communities and resources in Washington by telling spill responders what to do and where to do it.

Washington GRPs

We continue to develop GRPs to cover areas at risk from spills. Additionally, GRPs require periodic updating for spill responses to be effective. View Washington GRPs at the NW Area Committee shared site, www.oilspills101.wa.gov

GRP coverage in Washington state. Visit www.oilspills101.wa.gov for a list and descriptions of these areas.

How to comment on a GRP

Published GRPs area always open for public comment. If you have any questions, suggestions for improvement, or find errors, you may submit comments online, email us, or contact us by mail at:

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