Resources for Spill Response and Management

Lake Champlain Geographic Response Plans (GRPs)

Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) are map based planning documents intended for use by first responders in the event of an oil spill. The GRPs guide local responders to effectively deploy oil containment and recovery equipment to navigable waterways of Lake Champlain and select tributaries. The Lake Champlain GRPs were developed collaboratively by multi-agency work groups which consisted of representatives from federal, tribal, state, non-governmental organizations, industry/contractors, and private citizens. The Lake Champlain GRPs have been integrated into the EPA Region 1 (the six New England States) Inland Area Contingency Plan. Each GRP includes:

  • Image(s) of the area for which the GRP was developed
  • Graphic display of recommended strategies
  • List of emergency contacts
  • Estimated accounting of equipment and supplies required to deploy and maintain the strategy
  • ​Location of staging areas and sensitive natural, cultural, and human use features

Strategies identified in GRPs are not mandates, but rather tools meant to assist the Incident Command (IC) or Unified Command (UC) in making operational decisions and facilitate the resource ordering process. The IC/UC should use their best professional judgement to determine the appropriate response strategy based on safety, current local conditions, resource availability, and personnel training/experience.

Vermont GRPs (to include towns):

Missiquoi River  (Swanton & Highgate)
Charcoal Creek  (Swanton)
Alburgh  (Alburgh & Swanton)
Swanton  (Swanton)
Milton  (Milton)
GI Ferry Dock  (Grand Isle)
Sandbar  (Milton and Colchester) 
Mallets Creek  (Colchester)
Winooski  (Colchester, Burlington & Winooski)
Burlington  (Burlington)
Shelburne  (South Burlington & Shelburne)
Lewis Little Otter  (Ferrisburgh)
Otter Creek  (Ferrisburgh & Vergennes)
Chimney Point  (Addison)
Mount Independence  (Orwell)

Contaminated Sites Guidance Documents and Procedures:

The Sites Management Section Maintains a variety of guidance documents intended to assist property owners, prospective purchasers, environmental consultants, and other interested parties in the remediation of contaminated properties due to spills.

Self Inspection Checklist for Fuel Oil Tanks

Vermont weather takes its toll, causing ground shifts, frost heaves, rust, and general wear, all of which can affect a heating oil tank and its piping. Weather, corrosion, and poor maintenance can cause fuel oil spills, which can lead to unpleasant smells, water contamination, and lower property values. The two main causes of spills come from copper lines leaking under a concrete floor slab and from falling snow and ice damaging fuel filters and outside lines. The Self-Inspection Checklist for Fuel Oil Tanks is designed to help spot any maintenance issues or problems that may lead to tank failure and/or leaks.

Hazardous Material Spill Response Fact Sheet

Please see Hazardous Material Spill Response Fact Sheet for additional information regarding how to respond, report, and clean-up a spill.


Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division

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