Welcome to the Boston Harbor GRP Project webpage. This site was used to compile information during the development of geographic response plans for the Boston Harbor area of Massachusetts.
This project is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and was facilitated by Nuka Research and Planning Group, LLC. The process used to develop the Boston Harbor GRPs is similar to that used for the North Shore, South Shore, Cape and Islands, Buzzards Bay and Mt. Hope Bay GRP projects.
This website contains final versions of the GRP maps and tactics, the work group record of meetings, and information about site selection and site surveys. Once the GRPs were approved, they were adopted into the Plymouth to Salisbury Area Contingency Plan by the U.S. Coast Guard, MassDEP, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
To learn more about the GRP process, please visit the MassGRP 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 will be involved in the BGRP project: Braintree, Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Quincy, Weymouth, and Winthrop. GRPs are developed for coastal sites based on environmental sensitivity criteria reviewed by the planning group and entered into a site selection matrix. The feasibility of protecting the site is also considered in selecting and finalizing sites.
To download a combined .pdf of all the Boston Harbor GRPs, click here. (72 pages, 5.8MB)
*The Boston Harbor GRPs were last updated on 11/13/2011.
Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps
Everett Marine Police*
Boston Conservation Commission
Chelsea Fire Department
Quincy Conservation Commission
Quincy City Council
Department of Conservation & Recreation*
National Park Service
US Coast Guard
Weymouth Conservation Commission
Hull Conservation Commission
*Provided vessel support
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
-Site Selection Matrix
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
MassDEP Boston Office
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.*
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
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
* Meeting Materials:
- GRP example – Cape and Islands GRP, Nantucket Harbor
- Directions (note: DO NOT USE MAPQUEST as it will give incorrect directions)