Massachusetts Geographic Response Plans  

This website contains final Geographic Response Plans (GRP) developed to help protect sensitive coastal environments and resources along the Massachusetts coastline in the event of an oil spill into marine waters. 160 GRPs have been developed for the state through a MassDEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup project that involved work team members from federal, state and local agencies and sought community input through outreach meetings. To date, 32 GRPs have been developed for the North Shore Region, 18 for Boston Harbor, 14 for the South Shore Region, 29 for sites in the Cape and Islands, 55 in Buzzards Bay, and 12 for the Mount Hope Bay Region. As funding permits, additional GRP projects will be initiated in other coastal areas of Massachusetts. MAGRPindexMap

In addition to the GRPs, meeting materials, process descriptions and other supporting documents are included on this website.

Massachusetts GRP regions:
(click on map image at the right to view a larger image and click here to download a printable pdf file of this zone map)

North Shore

Boston Harbor

South Shore

Cape and Islands

Buzzards Bay

Mt. Hope Bay


The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has contracted with Nuka Research and Planning Group, an oil spill consulting firm with local offices in Plymouth, to facilitate the GRP work groups and to develop and produce the GRPs. 

If you would like to participate in the future GRP development, and/or the ongoing exercise, testing, and training program in Massachusetts, please contact Elise DeCola and we will add you to our membership list for the appropriate GRP region(s).