Boston Harbor Geographic Response Plan (GRP) Project

Welcome to the Boston Harbor GRP Project webpage.  The Boston Harbor GRP were completed in 2010 and subsequently approved by the Plymouth to Salisbury/Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts Area Committee and adopted into the Area Contingency Plan.  This page provides access to final versions of the GRP maps, as well as historical information related to the Boston Harbor GRP development process including the work group record of meetings, and information about site selection and site surveys.

This project is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and was facilitated by Nuka Research and Planning Group, LLC.

These GRPs are periodically tested, and may be updated to reflect lessons learned during deployment exercises. For information about GRP field testing click on the Exercise tab.

To learn more about the GRP process, please visit the FAQ Page.

Read the Boston Herald's article on GRPs: "Bay State preps response plan"

Click on the following links to be taken directly to that section of the webpage:


Nine coastal communities are included in the Boston Harbor Region and are involved in this ongoing GRP development, testing, and training program: Braintree, Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Quincy, Weymouth, and Winthrop.

Download a combined .pdf of all the Boston Harbor GRP. (72 pages, 6.7MB)

Click on the links below to downloaded the individual GRPs for the Boston Harbor region.


*Updated GRP based on results of field testing (last update July 2016).


Boston Harbor GRP Site Selection Information

A site selection matrix was developed to summarize the environmental sensitivities and human use considerations for each numbered site. Information in this matrix was derived from the information sources listed below:

Boston Harbor GRP Site Survey Information

Site surveys were conducted for all Boston Harbor GRP sites. Thank you to the individuals and agencies that provided personnel and vessel support for the surveys:

  • Boston Conservation Commission
  • Chelsea Fire Department
  • Department of Conservation & Recreation*
  • Everett Marine Police*
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Hingham Harbormaster
  • Hull Harbormaster
  • Hull Conservation Commission
  • MassDEP
  • National Park Service
  • Quincy City Council
  • Quincy Conservation Commission
  • Quincy Fire
  • Quincy Police*
  • US Coast Guard
  • Weymouth Conservation Commission
  • Weymouth Harbormaster*

*Provided vessel support

Boston Harbor GRP Work Group Information

A Work Group was formed to oversee the GRP development. Members of the BHGRP Work Group represent state and federal agencies, local governments and organizations, stakeholder groups, the oil industry, and spill response professionals. The Work Group was co-chaired by the following organizations:

  • MassDEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
  • NOAA OFfice of Response and Restoration
  • U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Boston

Work Group meetings were held several times over the life of this project. Meeting announcements, agendas, handouts, and meeting minutes were posted here as they were developed, to provide public access to the Group’s record.

The Work Group process was open to the public and public participation was welcomed and encouraged. For additional information regarding this GRP project, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meeting Schedule: 2010

Full Work Group Meeting to Review/Approve GRPs

The full work group met to review all draft GRPs and identify any final revisions needed prior to submitting the GRPs to the Area Committee for approval and incorporation into the Area Contingency Plan.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
USCG Base Support Unit (Function Room)
427 Commercial Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02109
*Meeting Materials

Tactics Sub-Group Review Meeting

A Tactics Sub-group comprised of individuals with expertise in boom deployment and spill recovery tactics reviewed the draft tactics developed during the site surveys.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010
1:00 pm
MassDEP Boston Office
*Meeting Summary

Monday, August 9, 2010
10:30am to noon
MassDEP Boston Office

Draft tactics for sites surveyed to date (30MB file)

*Note that site numbering differs from the candidate site map because we have split some of the larger sites into smaller areas. The final number of sites will probably be 20-24.*

Boston Harbor GRP Site Selection Meetings

Two meetings were held to review environmental sensitivities at potential GRP sites.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Hingham DCR Office
Boston Harbor Islands Site Review

Thursday, May 20, 2010
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Hough's Neck Maritime Center
137 Bay View Ave.
Quincy, MA 02169
(next to the Quincy Yacht Club on Sea Street). MAP
*Meeting Summary

Boston Harbor GRP Kick-off Meeting

Tuesday, April 27, 2010
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
New England Wildlife Center
500 Columbian Street
S. Weymouth, Massachusetts, 02190
Telephone: (781) 682-4878

* Agenda
* Meeting Materials:

* Meeting Summary

Contact Us

MassDEP, Boston Office:
Julie Hutcheson
One Winter Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 556-1191
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MassDEP, Northeast Regional Office: 
Kingsley Ndi
205 Lowell Street
Wilmington, MA 01887
(978) 694-3379
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MassDEP, Southeast Regional Office: 
Dan Crafton
20 Riverside Drive
Lakeville, MA 02347
(508) 946-2721
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Nuka Research & Planning Group:
Mike Popovich
10 Samoset St.
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 746-1047
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