Grays Harbor Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment (GHVTRA)
We’ve been working with tribes, local, state and federal partners, and environmental groups since 2017 to develop a vessel traffic risk assessment for Grays Harbor, similar to work we’ve completed for the Columbia River and Puget Sound. We are now sharing it out for public view, asking for your comments through Dec. 6, 2018.
The Grays Harbor Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment aims to:
- Identify factors related to spill risks posed by commercial vessels.
- Propose actions to consider which could improve spill prevention.
- Initiate an assessment of the region’s preparedness to respond to a spill.
Why it matters
Around 100 deep-draft commercial vessels call on Grays Harbor each year. It is the home of a significant commercial and tribal fishing fleet and one of the most valuable commercial fishing operations on the West Coast. Nearby Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge is one of four major staging areas for shorebirds in North America. A major spill here could have severe consequences to the environment, economy, public health and cultural and historical resources.
Benefits of a risk assessment
Vessel traffic risk assessments help local communities prepare and plan for a response to oil-related incidents that could impact major waterways. Our participation adds value because we know when and how oil moves through the state and the associated risks, so we can recommend cost-effective spill prevention measures locally.
Your voice matters
We invite you to review the draft Grays Harbor Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment and let us know what you think. Please provide your comments to us by Dec. 6, 2018.
Brian Kirk, Spills Program Risk Assessment Lead