North Shore Geographic Response Plan (GRP) Project

Welcome to the North Shore GRP Project webpage.  The North Shore GRP were completed in 2009 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 North Shore 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 is being 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:

North Shore GRP Region

Nineteen coastal towns are included in the North Shore Region and are involved in this ongoing GRP development, testing, and training, program.

Download a combined .pdf of North Shore GRP 01-16 (76 pages, 7.3MB)

Download a combined .pdf of North Shore GRP 17-32 (76 pages, 7.2MB)

Click on the links below to downloaded the individual GRPs for the North Shore region.

index map

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

North Shore GRP Site Selection Information

A site selection matrix was developed to summarize the environmental sensitivities and human use considerations for the 32 sites selected for GRP development.

 

North Shore Site Survey Information

Site surveys were conducted for all North Shore GRP sites, with each survey team including a representative of MassDEP, the U.S. Coast Guard or NOAA, and one or more local agencies (typically, harbormasters or natural resource managers). Below is a table of the site survey schedule.

LocationDateTimeStatus
Merrimack River Area May 20 0800 Complete
Rockport & Cape Ann May 20 1230 Complete
Plum Island Sound May 21 0800 Complete
Essex Bay May 21 1230 Complete
Manchester Bay May 27 0900 Complete
Danvers River May 27 1300 Complete
Beverly Harbor June 2 0800 Complete
Salem Harbor June 2 0930 Complete
Marblehead Harbor June 2 1230 Complete
Swampscott Shoreline June 2 1530 Complete
Nahant Bay & Harbor June 3 0800 Complete
Lynn Harbor June 3 1100 Complete
Gloucester Harbor & Annisquam River June 26 0800 Complete
Saugus & Pines River July 9 1230 Complete

 

Vessel support for the North Shore GRP surveys was provided by: Beverly Harbormaster, Danvers Harbormaster, Gloucester Harbormaster, Ipswich Fire and Rescue, Lynn Harbormaster, Manchester Harbormaster, Marblehead Harbormaster, Mass Division of Marine Fisheries, Nahant Harbormaster, Newburyport Harbormaster, Rockport Harbormaster, Rowley Harbormaster, Rowley Shellfish Warden, Salem Harbormaster, Swampscott Harbormaster, USCG Station Merrimack River , USCG Station Gloucester . Thanks to all of the towns, individuals, and organizations who participated in the North Shore GRP surveys.

North Shore GRP Work Group Information

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

  • MassDEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup
  • NOAA Office of Response and Restoration
  • Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (North Shore Region)
  • U.S. Coast Guard. Sector Boston

Planning 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: 2009

Plymouth to Salisbury Area Committee Meeting

Date: November 24, 2009
Time: 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.
Location: US Coast Guard Base Support Unit (BSU) Boston
427 Commercial Street, Boston, MA

The North Shore GRP is an agenda item at this meeting. The GRP will be presented to the Area Committee for review and adoption into the Plymouth to Salisburay Area Plan for Oil Spills and Hazardous Materials Response. Work group members are welcome to attend this meeting.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 – Draft GRP Review Meeting
*1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
*Parker National Wildlife Refuge Classroom
6 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA
Telephone: (978) 465-5753
* Agenda
Meeting Materials:

*Meeting Summary

 

Thursday, May 14, 2009 – Site Selection Workshop
* 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* NOAA Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, Massachusetts, 01930-2276
Telephone: (978) 281-9300
Directions to Meeting Site:

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 – North Shore GRP Kick-off Meeting
* 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
* NOAA Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, Massachusetts, 01930-2276
Telephone: (978) 281-9300
* Agenda
Meeting Materials:

Directions to Meeting Site:

*Meeting Summary
Presentations given at meeting:

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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