Geographic Response Plans and Geographic Response Strategies

Geographic Response Plans (GRPs)/Geographic Response Strategies (GRSs)

Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) and Geographic Response Strategies (GRSs)are map based planning documents intended for use by first responders in the event of an oil spill. The GRPs/GRSs guide local responders to effectively deploy oil containment and recovery equipment to navigable waterways and select tributaries. The GRPs/GRSs 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 GRPs/GRSs have been integrated into the EPA Region 1 (the six New England States) Inland Area Contingency Plan. Each GRP/GRS includes:

  • Image(s) of the area for which the GRP/GRS 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/GRSs 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 GRP/GRSs (to include towns as needed):

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

Connecticut River (GRSs):
North Stratford/Bloomfield
Johns River/Dalton/Lunenburg
Moore Reservoir/Littleton/Waterford
Barnet/Monroe
Mclndoe Falls/Monroe
Woodsville/Wells River
White River Junction/Lebanon
White River Junction/Lebanon
Charlestown/Springfield
Charlestown/Springfield
Bellows Falls/Walpole
Bellows Falls/Walpole
Brattleboro/Cheshire County
Brattleboro/Cheshire County
Brattleboro/Cheshire County
 

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

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