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Buzzards Bay Geographic Response Plan (GRP) Project

The Buzzards Bay Geographic Response Plans were originally developed in 2005. During 2007-2008, a project was initiated to update these GRPs to bring them into alignment with the statewide GRP process developed by MassDEP. In 2009, the GRPs were revised into a slightly different mapping format. The documents linked below are the final versions of the Buzzards Bay GRPs.  The Buzzards Bay GRPs have been approved by the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts Area Committee and adopted into the Area Contingency Plan.

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.

Buzzards Bay Geographic Response Plans (2009)

Download a combined .pdf of Buzzards Bay GRP 01-20 (80 pages, 9.0MB)

Download a combined .pdf of Buzzards Bay GRP 21-40 (80 pages, 8.7MB)

Download a combined .pdf of Buzzards Bay GRP 41-55 (60 pages, 6.6MB)

Click on the links below to downloaded the individual GRPs for the Buzzards Bay region.

BBGRP map

*Updated GRP based on results of field testing (last update March 2017).

Buzzards Bay GRP Developement Process

An initial version of the Buzzards Bay GRP was developed in 2005 through a MassDEP project completed by USCG Sector Southeast New England Area Committee members and Local Responders. These GRPs were updated in 2007-2008 through a partnership between the ten municipalities surrounding Buzzards Bay, The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, Nuka Research and Planning Group, LLC, and MassDEP. Additional input has been provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Mass Division of Marine Fisheries, and the United States Coast Guard.

The process used to update the Buzzards Bay GRP included presentations to community leaders in each community and input from the general public. Following the presentations, the first responders from each town were organized into work groups and asked to review and make changes to the existing GRPs. Each work group also surveyed the selected locations within their municipality to verify the appropriateness of each strategy. The presentations, work group meetings, and surveys were facilitated by staff from the Coalition for Buzzards Bay between October of 2007 and February of 2008. The changes to the GRPs include: modifications to oil spill response tactics to better reflect the capabilities of local responders; the addition of new sites not selected in the original Buzzards Bay GRP project; and additional detail added to equipment lists and access point guides for each strategy. A total of 55 locations were selected for GRP strategies within the ten Buzzards Bay municipalities.

After collecting the data for the GRP updates, the project was passed along to Nuka Research and Planning Group, LLC to reformat the strategies to be consistent with other statewide GRP projects. By doing so, all completed and future GRPs for the state of Massachusetts will have a similar format and use consistent terminology thus aiding in a coordinated response across GRP regions to any potential or actual oil spills.

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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