South Shore Geographic Response Plan (GRP) Project

Welcome to the South Shore GRP Project webpage.  The South Shore GRP were completed in 2011 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 South 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:

South Shore GRP Region

Six coastal communities are included in the South Shore Region and are involved in this ongoing GRP development, testing, and training program: Cohasset,ssgrp index map Duxbury, Kingston, Marshfield, Plymouth and Scituate. GRPs are developed for coastal sites based on environmental sensitivity criteria reviewed by the work group and entered into a site selection matrix. The feasibility of protecting the site is also considered in selecting and finalizing sites.

Download a combined .pdf of all South Shore GRP. (57 pages, 6.3MB)

Click on the links below to download the individual GRPs for the South Shore region. 

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

South Shore GRP Site Selection Information

A site selection matrix and key was developed to summarize the environmental sensitivities and human use considerations for each numbered site. Information in this matrix was derived from the information sources listed below.

Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps

Areas of Critical Environmental Concern - Ellisville Harbor
Massachusetts Area Contingency Plan

South Shore GRP 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.

SitesMeeting Time & PlaceSurvey StatusSite Summaries
Cohasset June 21 @ 12pm.Cohasset Harbormaster's Office 92 Border StreetCohasset, MA 02025 Completed Cohasset Survey

Scituate

June 14 @ 10am.Scituate Harbormaster's Office100 Cole ParkwayScituate, MA 02066 Completed Scituate Survey
New Inlet, North & South Rivers August 25; 9:00am Completed New Inlet, North & South River Survey
Marshfield June 16 @ 10am.100 Central StreetOcean Bluff-Brant Rock, MA 02050 Completed Green Harbor & South River Survey
Kingston & Duxbury June 13 @ 9am.46 River StreetKingston, MA Completed Kingston Duxbury Survey
Plymouth & Manomet Heights June 1 @ 12pm.Meet at Plymouth Town Hall. Completed Plymouth Site Survey

Ellisville Harbor

 June 7 @ 10am.Meet at Ellisville Harbor State Park parking lot. Completed Ellisville Harbor Survey

South Shore GRP Work Group Information

A Work Group was formed to oversee the GRP development. Members of the South 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

Thursday, September 29, 2011 – Work Group Meeting
1:00pm to 4:00pm Plymouth Town Hall (Mayflower Room)
11 Lincoln StreetPlymouth, MA 02360
Telephone: (508) 747-1620
*Meeting Materials

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 – Tactics Sub-group Meeting
10:00am to 12:00pm MassDEP Southeast Region Main Office
20 Riverside DriveLakeville, MA 02347
Telephone: 508-946-2700

Thursday, April 28, 2011 – South Shore Site Selection Meeting
9:00am to 12:00pm Plymouth Town Hall (Mayflower Room)
11 Lincoln StreetPlymouth, MA 02360
Telephone: 508-747-1620

Thursday, March 31, 2011 – South Shore GRP Kick-Off Meeting
9:00am to 12:00pm Plymouth Town Hall (Mayflower Room)
11 Lincoln StreetPlymouth, MA 02360
Telephone: 508-747-1620

Powerpoints from meeting (PDFs)

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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