Mt. Hope Bay Geographic Response Plan (GRP) Project

Welcome to the Mt. Hope Bay GRP Project webpage.  The Mt. Hope Bay GRP were completed in 2012 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 Mt. Hope Bay 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.

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

Mt. Hope Bay GRP Region

Four Massachusetts coastal communities are included in the Mt. Hope Bay Region and are involved in this ongoing GRP development, testing, and training program: Dighton, Fall River, Somerset and Swansea.

Download a combined .pdf of all the Mount Hope Bay GRP. (48 pages, 5.8MB)

Click on the links below to downloaded the individual GRPs for the Mount Hope Bay region.MHB map image

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

 

Mt. Hope Bay Site Selection Information

The Mt. Hope Bay GRP Region were divided into sites for the purpose of GRP development. Twenty candidate sites were initially reviewed during the site selection and prioritization process. Work group members had an opportunity to provide input regarding oil spill protection priorities at candidate sites, and adjustments were made based on work group input. The site selection matrix and site selection key provide information about environmental sensitivities and human use for each site.

Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps

Mt. Hope Bay Site Survey Information

As part of the South Shore GRP project, Nuka Research conducted site surveys of the coastline. Below is a table of the site survey schedule. Click on the document link to view survey summaries.

 

SitesDateSurvey Status

Site Summaries

Lower Taunton River (Sites 7-13)

July 23, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Borden Light Marina
Fall River Harbormaster boat

Complete Lower Taunton River Survey
Lee/Cole Rivers (Sites 1-6)

July 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Swansea Town Boat Ramp
Swansea Harbormaster boat

Complete Lee/Cole River Survey
Upper Taunton River (Sites 14-20

August 1, 2012 at 8:00 a.m.
Somerset FD
Somerset FD boat

Complete Upper Taunton River Survey

 

Vessel support for the North Shore GRP surveys was provided by: Fall River Harbormaster, Swansea PD, and Somerset FD.

Mt. Hope Bay GRP Work Group Information

A Work Group was formed to oversee GRP development. Members of the Mt. Hope Bay Region Work Group represented 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

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 – Mt. Hope Bay Draft GRP Review Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fall River Fire Department Emergency Operations Center
140 Commerce Drive
Fall River, MA 02720
Meeting Materials:

Thursday, September 27, 2012 – Mt. Hope Bay GRP Tactics Sub-Group Meeting
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fall River Fire Department Emergency Operations Center
140 Commerce Drive
Fall River, MA 02720
Meeting Materials:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 – Mt. Hope Bay GRP Site Selection Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fall River Fire Department Emergency Operations Center
140 Commerce Drive
Fall River, MA 02720
Meeting Materials:

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – Mt. Hope Bay GRP Kick-Off Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fall River Heritage State Park
200 Davol Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Meeting Materials:

Presentations:

The kick-off meeting introduced the project to all participants, solicited additional participation in all phases of the project, and disseminated preliminary site sensitivity information for review and input from Work Group members and their constituents.

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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