North Puget Sound Geographic Response Plan Update
The North Puget Sound Geographic Response Plan (NPS GRP) is being updated this year.
GRPs act as the marching orders for oil spill responders in the first hours of a spill. These plans include response strategies to protect sensitive cultural, economic, and environmental resources. The North Puget Sound GRP encompasses (approximately) the area bordered by Highway 20 in Anacortes to the south, and the Canadian Border to the north, Bellingham to the east, and the San Juan Islands to the west. Ecology last updated the North Puget Sound GRP in 2011. To see the currently published plan and its boundaries, please visit http://www.oilspills101.wa.gov/northwest-area-contingency-plan/geographic-response-plans-grps/list-of-geographic-response-plans/.
Successful GRP design relies heavily on the input Ecology receives from local partners and stakeholders. This information and insight strengthens our plans, and increases Washington’s preparedness in the event of an oil spill.
Join the August MRC meeting to learn more about the current work being done for this update and how to provide comments.