New Update for Central Puget Sound GRP

The updated Central Puget Sound Geographic Response Plan (GRP) is now available in our new online format!

In 2019, the Northwest Area Committee convened a task force to study plan accessibility by finding out more about users and ways in which GRP documents are used. The task force developed a survey that generated valuable feedback around best practices, types of users, and ways to improve the development and publication process. A key outcome is the new GRP format hosted on this website.  This change was important to address efficiency and sustainability today and into the future.

The new online format allows users to easily scroll through text-heavy narrative sections like Site Description and Resources at Risk, while also maintaining the valuable PDF format of the response-oriented sections like Response Options and Considerations and Response Strategies and Priorities.

Also included in this update are special non-floating oil (NFO) considerations, including a new section on Non-Floating Oil Response Options and Considerations and updates to the standard Resources at Risk section.

We believe this format addresses many of the accessibility concerns of the response community, but we would love to hear your ideas on how we can make it better. Please submit your comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement to GRPs@ecy.wa.gov.

You can access the updated Central Puget Sound GRP here: https://www.oilspills101.wa.gov/northwest-area-contingency-plan/geographic-response-plans-grps/central-puget-sound-grp/

New Format Update for Warden GRP

The Warden Washington GRP is now available in the online format with new language and data on non-floating oil!

In 2019, the Northwest Area Committee convened a Taskforce to address this GRP accessibility by finding out more about who uses GRPs and how they use them. The Taskforce developed a survey that generated valuable feedback around GRP best practices, common users, and ways to innovate the GRP development and publication process. A key outcome of the survey for Washington is the new GRP format hosted on this website.  This change was important to address the efficiency and sustainability of GRP development today and into the future.

We recently reformatted the Warden Washington GRP into this new format. The new online format allows users to easily scroll through text-heavy narrative sections like Site Description and Resources at Risk, while also maintaining the valuable PDF format of the response-oriented sections like Response Options and Considerations and the 2-Pagers.

Also included in this format update are special non-floating oil (NFO) considerations, including a new section on Non-Floating Oil Response Options and Considerations and updates to section six – Resources at Risk. NFO considerations, spill-specific modeling, and other information can be found on this new interactive map.

We believe this format addresses many of the accessibility concerns of the response community, but we would love to hear your ideas on how we can make it better. Please submit your comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement to GRPs@ECY.WA.Gov.

 

Updated Willapa Bay GRP – Now Available!

The updated Willapa Bay Geographic Response Plan (GRP) is now available in our new online format!

In 2019, the Northwest Area Committee convened a task force to study plan accessibility by finding out more about users and ways in which GRP documents are used. The task force developed a survey that generated valuable feedback around best practices, types of users, and ways to improve the development and publication process. A key outcome is the new GRP format hosted on this website.  This change was important to address efficiency and sustainability today and into the future.

The new online format allows users to easily scroll through text-heavy narrative sections like Site Description and Resources at Risk, while also maintaining the valuable PDF format of the response-oriented sections like Response Options and Considerations and Response Strategies and Priorities.

We believe this format addresses many of the accessibility concerns of the response community, but we would love to hear your ideas on how we can make it better. Please submit your comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement to GRPs@ecy.wa.gov.

You can access the updated Willapa Bay GRP here: https://www.oilspills101.wa.gov/northwest-area-contingency-plan/geographic-response-plans-grps/willapa-bay-grp/

North Puget Sound GRP Is Open for Comments!

Howdy, OilSpills101 Blog Reader!

Darcy Bird surveying GRPs in Samish Bay aboard a WDFW airboat. Photo Credit: Brian MacDonald, WDFW

It is Darcy Bird again! I am excited to announce another plan I updated, the North Puget Sound (NPS) Geographic Response Plan (GRP), is now open for public comment!

GRPs aim to protect the sensitive natural, cultural, and economic resources in a specified geographic area. The geographic areas in Washington State with GRPs have associated risks from oil spills; industry may transport, store, refine, or transfer oil in these regions. The NPS GRP, encompassing the marine waters between the San Juan Islands to the east, mainland Washington to the west, Fidalgo Island to the south and the Canadian Border to the north, has unique risks, logistical concerns, and sensitive resources that I researched, conducted fieldwork on, and updated the strategies for during the plan update. A key part of this process is gathering input from the people who work, live, and play in this community. I hope to hear from you during this public comment period (December 21– February 15, 2021)!

Ecology last updated the North Puget Sound GRP in 2011 and much had changed in the region since then. For instance, research provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife determined that the location of an oil collection strategy on Samish Island was critical waterfowl habitat. We revised this strategy to exclude oil from beach habitat, rather than collect oil on the beach, an important change to protecting sensitive resources in Washington State. Our partners with the Lummi Indian Nation’s Oil Spill Response Team also provided important updates to GRPs on the Lummi Reservation. Through meticulous review of strategies, regular drilling of those strategies, and extensive fieldwork, the Lummi Nation Oil Spill Response Team have improved the many GRPs on the Lummi Reservation. Additionally, workshop attendees identified critical resources at risk at the unique and sensitive Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Scientists from the reserve identified research stations previously absent from the plan, critical habitat to prioritize and protect, and access points to strategies not easily navigate to by boat. These updates improved the response strategies in Padilla Bay enormously. A plan is only as good as the maintenance of that plan, which is why Ecology tries to regularly update GRPs.

Eelgrass beds in Samish Bay. Photo Credit: Darcy Bird

I grew up in Anacortes, WA, within this planning area, and many of the sites I visited in the course of my fieldwork were beaches and boat launches I had visited regularly as a child, teen, and places I regularly visit as an adult. As a teen, I participated in eelgrass replanting efforts in the region and learned about Marine Biology on the docks of Cap Sante Marina. Updating this GRP allowed me to view an area I had grown up in through a different lens and to help protect resources I love dearly. The maintenance of these geographic response plans are vital to our state’s preparedness in the event of an oil spill. Please follow the links below to review the draft of the updated GRP or provide comments. You may also submit comments by mail or email. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at darcy.bird@ecy.wa.gov or 360-480-2084.

Review the draft GRP: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/ezshare/sppr/Preparedness/NPS-GRP/NPS_PublicReviewCoverPage.pdf

Comment online:

Use our online comment form http://sppr.ecology.commentinput.com/?id=NVpi7

Comment by mail:

Darcy Bird
Department of Ecology, Spills Program
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Bayview State Park, looking north toward Samish Island. Bayview State Park lies in Padilla Bay. A workshop held during the update process identified resources at risk in Padilla Bay, accessibility to shallow water sites, and revised current strategies to be more effective during a spill scenario. Photo Credit: Darcy Bird
Mount Baker over the water in the early morning. Photo Credit: Darcy Bird

 

Willapa Bay GRP Response to Public Comments

The Washington Department of Ecology is updating the Willapa Bay (WB) Geographic Response Plan (GRP). An important part of the update process was hearing from the people that live, work, and play in the GRP area. To facilitate this, we opened the plan to public comment from September 24th  to October 24th, 2020.
Below, you will find an overview of comments received and Ecology’s response. Ecology appreciates everyone who took the time to provide comments on this GRP. GRPs are improved by this community’s input and we appreciate your ongoing efforts in protecting Washington’s environment. Feel free to reach out to  Sabrina.Floudaras@ecy.wa.gov or 360-485-5711 with any questions.

Willapa Bay GRP Responsiveness Summary to Comments

Ecology post plans for public review for 30 days. After the 30 day public review period ends, Ecology addresses all comments received. The following is a responsiveness summary to your comments submitted to Ecology.
GRP Section Public Comment Ecology Response
General Change where applicable the Refuge Headquarters (HQ) address to 7112 67th Place, Long Beach, Washington 98631 where it is used in the GRP for contacting Refuge staff. We appreciate being made aware of the change in address for the NWR headquarters. All places in the plan where contact information associated with the NWR boat ramp/parking area building, now references the new headquarters facility located at 7112 67th Place, Long Beach, Washington 98631. We also revised the phone number for contacting staff to (360) 642-3860
General Change where applicable the old HQ name to Cutthroat Creek and change where the GRP references this location. Thank you for sharing updated NWR headquarters facilities information with us. “Headquarters” has been removed from the Refuge title associated with the location at the south end of Long Island, any directions to the refuge boat ramp no longer includes the term “headquarters” in the name.
General Change the zip code on all references to the 3888 US 101 from 98638 to 98624 Thank you for providing the correct zip code for the location.
General The Willapa NWR Headquarters is moving to our Riekkola Unit at the end of 67th Place off of Sandridge Road.  The boat ramp at 3888 US 101 should remain as the staging area for the sites identified in the document.  Willapa NWR will have a new phone number, physical and mailing address. Thank you for the updated WNWR facilities information. The NWR headquarters move to the new address at 7116 67th Place, Long Beach, Washington 98631 and the new phone number 360-642-3860 is revised in all locations in the plan where it was previously located at 3888 US 101, boat ramp and staging area directions located at 3888 US 101 remain unchanged.
General Make consistent directions to the same location e.g. Willapa boat ramp (3888 SR 101 98624); referencing information regarding the Refuge (WNWR, Refuge, etc.). Thank you for recognizing the need for consistent directions. All directions to staging areas and boat launches have been revised to begin at the same starting location, creating a consistent look and functionality throughout the driving directions maps.
Resources at Risk Should this section reference federal cultural resources at risk and not just WDAHP and THPOs? Federal contact? Contact information for the federal U.S. FWS to acquire cultural resources information during spill event has been included in the Cultural Resources Contacts table.
Economic Resources at Risk The only areas listed for the Willapa NWR is C2 on Page 4 – National Seashore Recreation Areas for current HQ and Ocean Park. State Parks has Parks and Beaches.  Is this accurate or should it reflect Willapa NWR beaches too? WNWR beaches have been added into the Economic Resources at Risk table associated with C1 – Parks & Beaches on P. 3 and P. 4. Thank you for identifying these additional economic resources at risk.
Economic Resources at Risk P. 4 C2 National Seashore Recreation Areas:    What about the recreational shellfish harvesting that occurs on the Willapa Refuge Long Island beaches.  The beaches at Willapa NWR Leadbetter Point Unit. Recreational shellfish harvesting is included in the Economic Resources at Risk table associated with C1 – Parks & Beaches on P. 4.
Spill Contact Sheet Should double check the number listed for the U.S. FWS and U.S. DOI contacts We appreciate this comment. A check of these phone lines show they are working properly.
Response Strategies and Priorities Jeldness Road has been used multiple times as an access point to get to Refuge sites.  This is a privately owned road which is not a public access point. We appreciate for your exceptional local knowledge. The strategies that included the use of Jeldness Road for access to strategy sites that are no longer accessible were revised to deploy to by boat from 3888 US 101 Refuge boat launch/parking area, and the corresponding driving direction amended.
Response Strategies and Priorities There are three points that were named as Tide Gates which are no longer there.  The dikes and tide gates were removed.  Boats are required to access these sites.  The name of these sites has been changed to the stream name they are associated with (in comments below). Thank you. Strategies WB-39, WB-40, and WB-41 no longer include associated implementation details related to closing the tide gates and now require boat access, deployable from the NWR boat launch/parking area with corresponding driving direction amended. The names of the sites were also corrected to correspond to the stream names they are situated on.
Response Strategies and Priorities It might be clearer to have all directions to the Refuge boat launch area at 3888 State Route 101 (U.S. 101) to be the same.  The Driving Directions often start at different locations and different directions to get to the same location. Thank you for suggesting this need for consistency in the driving directions. The driving directions now start from the same location for the sites, accessible by boat from the Refuge boat launch at 3888 U.S. 101 S.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-29 P. 85 – Sunshine Point – Staging Area is at Willapa NWR Headquarters and boat launch area.  Driving directions should be to finish at 3888 US 101, 98624, on the right as all others that use the Willapa Refuge boat ramp. The name and driving directions for the boat launch and staging area for this site has been revised.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-30 P. 86-87 – Lewis Slough – Staging Area:  Change Willapa Bay NWR Headquarters and boat launch area to Willapa NWR boat launch area. The name and driving directions for the boat launch and staging area for this site has been revised.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-31 P. 88 – Kaffee Slough – Staging area: Change Willapa Bay NWR Headquarters and boat launch area to Willapa NWR boat launch area. The name and driving directions for the boat launch and staging area for this site has been revised.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-32 P. 90 – Baldwin Slough (north entrance) – Staging Area: Change Willapa Bay NWR Headquarters and boat launch area to Willapa NWR boat launch area. Revised the name of the refuge and driving directions to the boat launch for the staging are
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-33 P. 92 – Baldwin Slough (south entrance) – Staging Area: Change Willapa Bay NWR Headquarters and boat launch area to Willapa NWR boat launch area. The name and driving directions for the boat launch and staging area for this site has been revised.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-34 P. 94 – Long Island Slough – Staging Area: Change Willapa Bay NWR Headquarters and boat launch area to Willapa NWR boat launch area. The name and driving directions for the boat launch and staging area for this site has been revised.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-35 P. 96 – Lake Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Headqtrs – Implementation: Using plywood to block culvert would back up water.  If this is for long period of time (especially in the winter storms) water could overtop the road causing damage to the dike road ramp, boat ramp and dock. Staging Area:  Change Willapa Bay NWR Headquarters and boat launch area to Cutthroat Creek and boat launch area. Thank you for your input on this strategy. The reference to use plywood in the implementation of the strategy and revision the booming strategy and the name of the refuge and driving directions to the boat launch and staging area have been made.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-37 P. 100-101 – Bear River (main channel) Staging Area: Change Willapa Bay NWR Headquarters and boat launch area to Willapa NWR boat launch area.                  Driving Directions 3. Delete Bay from Willapa Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The name and driving directions for the boat launch and staging area for this site has been revised.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-38 P. 102-103 – Bear River (west channel) Staging Area: Change Willapa Bay to just Willapa. Driving Directions:  #5 Change Willapa Bay to just Willapa. The name and driving directions for the boat launch and staging area for this site has been revised.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-39 P. 104-105 – Willapa Bay NWR Tide Gate #1 – Title:  Change the title to Willapa NWR Lewis Creek Slough; (Refuge doesn’t have a tide gate at this location); Implementation:  Willapa NWR no longer has a tide gate at this location.  Change WB NWR to W NWR.  Staging Area: Should be changed to Willapa NWR boat ramp parking lot.  Field Notes:  Jeldness Road is a privately owned road, Refuge had removed dike so there is no access to where the tide gate was.  Driving Directions:  Item 1-3. Since access to this site is by boat only direction should be to Willapa NWR boat ramp; Jeldness Road is privately owned and doesn’t provide access to this site. The use of “Bay” from Refuge title has been removed along with language for the tide gate that no longer exists and associated implementation details related to closing the tide gate. Removed the use of Jeldness Road for access to strategy site, and revised the strategy as boat access only and deployable from the Refuge boat launch/parking area. Corresponding driving directions to the referenced change was also added.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-40 P. 106-107 – Willapa Bay NWR Tide Gate #2 – Title: Change the title to Willapa NWR? (Outside Channel?) Slough; Refuge doesn’t have a tide gate at this location; Implementation:  Willapa NWR no longer has a tide gate at this location.  The phone number listed in this section should be changed to our new office number.  Who at the refuge should this be? Change WB NWR to WNWR.  Staging Area: Delete Bay and HQ from Willapa Bay NWR HQ.  Staging area should be changed to Willapa NWR boat ramp parking lot. Field Notes:  Jeldness Road is a privately owned road, Refuge had removed dike so there is no access to where the tide gate was.  Driving Directions:  Item 1-3. Since access to this site is by boat only direction should be to Willapa NWR boat ramp; Jeldness Road is privately owned and doesn’t provide access to this site.  NOTE:  I believe that this is the channel that goes along the outside of the dike that was removed. Specified the name of the strategy as “outside channel” as suggested and removed “Bay” from Refuge title. Removed language for the tide gate that no longer exists and removed associated implementation details related to closing the tide gate. Removed the use of Jeldness Road for access to strategy site that is no longer accessible by car because the road is private. Revised the strategy as boat access and deployable from the NWR boat launch/parking area, and included corresponding driving directions to the referenced change.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-41 P. 108-109 – Willapa Bay NWR Tide Gate #3 – Title: Change the title to Willapa NWR Porter Point Creek Slough; Refuge doesn’t have a tide gate at this location; Implementation:  Willapa NWR no longer has a tide gate at this location.  The phone number listed in this section should be changed to our new office number.  Who at the refuge should this be?  Change WB NWR to W NWR or WNWR.  Staging Area: Delete Bay and HQ from Willapa Bay NWR HQ.  This should be changed to Willapa NWR boat ramp parking lot.  NOTE:  We have a new HQ which is located at the east end of 67th Place off of Sandridge Road.  (Address ?). Field Notes:  Jeldness Road is a privately owned road, Refuge had removed dike so there is no access to where the tide gate was. Driving Directions:  Item 1-3. Since access to this site is by boat only direction should be to Willapa NWR boat ramp; Jeldness Road is privately owned and doesn’t provide access to this site.  NOTE:  I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE CHANNEL THAT GOES ALONG THE OUTSIDE OF THE DIKE THAT WAS REMOVED. Revised the name of the strategy to “Porter Point Creek Slough” as suggested and removed “Bay” from Refuge title. Removed language for the tide gate that no longer exists and removed associated implementation details related to closing the tide gate. Removed the use of Jeldness Road for access to strategy site that is no longer accessible by car because the road is private. Revised the strategy as boat access and deployable from the NWR boat launch/parking area, and included corresponding driving directions to the referenced change.
WB-42 P. 110 – Parker Slough (this is actually Dohman Creek) and Access:  Is only accessible by boat. Staging Area:  Change Willapa Bay NWR HQ to Willapa NWR boat ramp/parking lot. Field Notes:  This is not accessible through Jeldness Road. Driving Directions:  Change the (2.47 Miles) to ~5 miles.  Delete #5 (Government Road is a dead end) Revised the name of the strategy to “Dohman Creek” as suggested and removed “Bay” from Refuge title. Removed the use of Jeldness Road for access to strategy site that is no longer accessible by car because the road is private. Revised the strategy as boat access and deployable from the NWR boat launch/parking area, and included corresponding driving directions to the referenced change.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-43 P. 112-113 – Porter Point Unit Parker Slough Tide Gate. Title: Change this title to Riekkola Unit Dohman Creek. Implementation:  There is no longer a tide gate at this location so a boom will need to be deployed at the identified channel.  Contact number should be changed to WNWR new phone number at our new HQ location. Field Notes:  There is no dike access road to this location. So edit these notes. Driving Directions:  This should be directions to the WNWR boat ramp and parking lot at 3888 State Route (U.S 101), 98624. Revised the name of the strategy to “Riekkola Unit Dohman Creek” as suggested and revised contact number. Removed language for the tide gate that no longer exists. Revised the strategy, and added that it is boat access and deployable from the NWR boat launch/parking area, and included corresponding driving directions to the referenced change.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-44 P. 114-115 Tarlatt Unit (Lower Slough) Implementation:  Change WB NWR to WNWR;  There is no tide gate at this location.  The Tarlatt Slough tide gate is owned and maintained by Pacific County.  Boom should be deployed at the location identified for the Lower Slough which will need to be done by boat. Staging Area:  Change to Willapa NWR boat launch area. Field Notes:  This is wrong and since access to this site will need to be done by boat should be from the Willapa NWR boat ramp at 3888 SR 101 (U.S. 101), 98624. The actual tide gate for this is the Tarlatt Slough (Upper Slough) identified on pages 116-117.  Driving Directions on page 115 are to this tide gate. Removed “Bay” from the Refuge title and removed language for the tide gate that no longer exists and revised the associated implementation details related to Pacific County closing the tide gate. Revised the strategy as boat access and deployable from the NWR boat launch/parking area, and included corresponding driving directions to the referenced change.
Response Strategies and Priorities WB-45 P. 116-117 Tarlatt Unit (Upper Slough) Implementation:  Change Willapa Bay to Willapa, National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters to National Wildlife Refuge boat ramp.  Change WB USNWR to WNWR; change the contact number to WNWR new number and correct extension number. Removed “Bay” from Implementation, revised directions to NWR boat ramp and updated the contact number to the new NWR Headquarters building for notifications communication.
Notification Strategy WB-45 P.128-129 Tarlatt Slough Implementation and Communication Process and Action sections:  Change WB NWR to WNWR.  The contact number and extension needs to be changed to the new Long Beach number and to the correct extension number. Driving Directions:  This should be to our new HQ location at the east end of 67th Place (off Sandridge Rd). Removed “Bay” from Implementation, revised directions to NWR boat ramp and updated the contact number to be the new NWR Headquarters building for notifications and communication.
Notification Strategy WB-42 P. 130-131 Parker Slough (This is actually Dohman Creek) Implementation and Communication Process Action sections:  Change WB NWR to WNWR.  The contact number and extension needs to be changed to the new Long Beach number and to the correct extension number. Driving Directions:  This should be to our new HQ location at the east end of 67th Place (off Sandridge Rd). Revised the name of the strategy from Parker Sloug. Removed “B” from WB NWR acronym and replaced it with WNWR, revised directions to NWR boat ramp and updated the contact number to be the new NWR Headquarters building for notifications and communication.

New Format Updates for WRIA-7 & Green River/Duwamish GRPs!

The WRIA-7 Snohomish/Skykomish Rivers and the Green River/Duwamish GRPs are now available in our online format with new language and data on non-floating oil.

In 2019, the Northwest Area Committee convened a Taskforce to address this GRP accessibility by finding out more about who uses GRPs and how they use them. The Taskforce developed a survey that generated valuable feedback around GRP best practices, common users, and ways to innovate the GRP development and publication process. A key outcome of the survey for Washington is the new GRP format hosted on this website.  This change was important to address the efficiency and sustainability of GRP development today and into the future.

We have recently updated two GRPs into this new format. The new online format allows users to easily scroll through text-heavy narrative sections like Site Description and Resources at Risk, while also maintaining the valuable PDF format of the response-oriented sections like Response Options and Considerations and the 2-Pagers. Also included in this format update are specific non-floating oil (NFO) considerations, including a new section on Non-Floating Oil Response Options and Considerations and updates to section six – Resources at Risk. For marine GRPs, we have identified area-specific NFO considerations where NFOs may pose a heightened risk. For inland GRPs, NFO considerations, modeling, and other related information is consolidated in an interactive map we developed as a new non-floating oil response tool.

We believe this format addresses many of the accessibility concerns of the response community, but we would love to hear your ideas on how we can make it better. Please submit your comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement to GRPs@ECY.WA.Gov.

Click the hyperlinks to see the new format updates for WRIA-7 Snohomish/Skykomish Rivers and Green River/Duwamish GRPs.

 

Green River/Duwamish GRP Available in New Format

The Green River/Duwamish GRP is now available in the online format with new language and data on non-floating oil!

In 2019, the Northwest Area Committee convened a Taskforce to address this GRP accessibility by finding out more about who uses GRPs and how they use them. The Taskforce developed a survey that generated valuable feedback around GRP best practices, common users, and ways to innovate the GRP development and publication process. A key outcome of the survey for Washington is the new GRP format hosted on this website.  This change was important to address the efficiency and sustainability of GRP development today and into the future.

We recently reformatted the Green River/Duwamish GRP into this new format. The new online format allows users to easily scroll through text-heavy narrative sections like Site Description and Resources at Risk, while also maintaining the valuable PDF format of the response-oriented sections like Response Options and Considerations and the 2-Pagers.

Also included in this format update are special non-floating oil (NFO) considerations, including a new section on Non-Floating Oil Response Options and Considerations and updates to Section Six – Resources at Risk.  NFO considerations, spill-specific modeling, and other information can be found on this new interactive map.

We believe this format addresses many of the accessibility concerns of the response community, but we would love to hear your ideas on how we can make it better. Please submit your comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement to GRPs@ECY.WA.Gov.

 

Puyallup-White Rivers GRP Available in New Format

The Puyallup-White Rivers GRP is now available in the online format with new language and data on non-floating oil!

In 2019, the Northwest Area Committee convened a Taskforce to address this GRP accessibility by finding out more about who uses GRPs and how they use them. The Taskforce developed a survey that generated valuable feedback around GRP best practices, common users, and ways to innovate the GRP development and publication process. A key outcome of the survey for Washington is the new GRP format hosted on this website.  This change was important to address the efficiency and sustainability of GRP development today and into the future.

We recently reformatted the Puyallup-White Rivers GRP into this new format. The new online format allows users to easily scroll through text-heavy narrative sections like Site Description and Resources at Risk, while also maintaining the valuable PDF format of the response-oriented sections like Response Options and Considerations and the 2-Pagers.

Also included in this format update are special non-floating oil (NFO) considerations, including a new section on Non-Floating Oil Response Options and Considerations and updates to Section Six – Resources at Risk. NFO considerations, spill-specific modeling, and other information can be found on this new interactive map.”

We believe this format addresses many of the accessibility concerns of the response community, but we would love to hear your ideas on how we can make it better. Please submit your comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement to GRPs@ECY.WA.Gov.

 

North Central Puget Sound GRP – New Format and Non-Floating Oil Information

The final version of the updated North Central Puget Sound (NCPS) GRP is now available in an online format including new language on non-floating oil risks!

In 2019, the Northwest Area Committee convened a Task force to study plan accessibility by finding out more about users and they ways in which they are used. The Task force developed a survey that generated valuable feedback around best practices, types of users, and ways to improve the development and publication process. A key outcome is the new format hosted on this website.  This change was important to address the efficiency and sustainability of development today and into the future.

The new online format allows users to easily scroll through text-heavy narrative sections like Site Description and Resources at Risk, while also maintaining the valuable PDF format of the response-oriented sections like Response Options and Considerations and Response Strategies and Priorities.

Also included in this update are special non-floating oil (NFO) considerations, including a new section on Non-Floating Oil Response Options and Considerations and updates to the standard Resources at Risk section.

We believe this format addresses many of the accessibility concerns of the response community, but we would love to hear your ideas on how we can make it better. Please submit your comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement to GRPs@ecy.wa.gov.

 

Updated Format for Three More GRPs!

Three more GRPs are now available in our online format with new language and data on non-floating oil.

In 2019, the Northwest Area Committee convened a Taskforce to address this GRP accessibility by finding out more about who uses GRPs and how they use them. The Taskforce developed a survey that generated valuable feedback around GRP best practices, common users, and ways to innovate the GRP development and publication process. A key outcome of the survey for Washington is the new GRP format hosted on this website.  This change was important to address the efficiency and sustainability of GRP development today and into the future.

We have updated three GRPs into this new format (see the list below). The new online format allows users to easily scroll through text-heavy narrative sections like Site Description and Resources at Risk, while also maintaining the valuable PDF format of the response-oriented sections like Response Options and Considerations and the 2-Pagers.

Newly Formatted GRPs:

Also included in this format update are specific non-floating oil (NFO) considerations, including a new section on Non-Floating Oil Response Options and Considerations and updates to section six – Resources at Risk. For marine GRPs, we have identified area-specific NFO considerations where NFOs may pose a heightened risk. For inland GRPs, NFO considerations, modeling, and other related information is consolidated in an interactive map we developed as a new non-floating oil response tool.

We believe this format addresses many of the accessibility concerns of the response community, but we would love to hear your ideas on how we can make it better. Please submit your comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement to GRPs@ECY.WA.Gov.