Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Welcome to the Cook Inlet- Places of Refuge Home Page

photo credit: Bill Scott

This website was used to assist the Cook Inlet Potential Places of Refuge Workgroup in the development of a document describing Potential Places of Refuge (PPOR) in the Cook Inlet Subarea. The project was completed in September of 2007 and has been forwarded to the Cook Inlet Subarea Committee for inclusion in the Subarea Contingency Plan.

The Cook Inlet Subarea is depicted in the map shown below. Similar projects have taken place for the Prince William Sound, Aleutian and Kodiak Subareas.  View more info about the workgroup record and products from those projects.


The objective of this project has been to identify docking, anchoring and mooring locations that may be selected as Potential Places of Refuge in order to enhance the overall response process.


The map below depicts some of the risk factors the workgroup used in selecting potential places of refuge. The workgroup identified candidate sites for potential places of refuge and a site assessment matrix and site assessment key were developed.  This matrix summarizes the resources at risk for each site and aided in the final selection of potential places of refuge. Download a copy of the Site Selection Matrix and the Key.

Map: Cook Inlet w/ Legend

Download a low resolution copy of this map in pdf format (198 kb pdf).
Download a low resolution copy of the risk maps in layers that was used in identifying the Cook Inlet PPOR sites in pdf format (1.12 mb pdf).

Index of PPOR Maps

Map: Potental Places of Refuge

The map above is an Index Map of the Cook Inlet Subarea. Outlined on the map are 6 areas that contain the individual sites selected by the workgroup as Potential Places of Refuge. Each area has a corresponding map that shows the locations of these sites and three tables for each map that give specific information for each individual site. This information includes site considerations, stakeholders, and physical and operational characteristics.

Download a copy of the index map in pdf format in print resolution.

The following is a list of the Cook Inlet Subarea Potential Places of Refuge maps identified on the index map with links to the corresponding file in pdf format:

PPOR Introduction Section

These plans have been reviewed and approved by the public and the workgroup. They are included as a section to the Places of Refuge portion of the Subarea Contingency Plan. There is an introductory section to the Places of Refuge portion of the Subarea Contingency Plan that explains the context and use of the plans.

Download a copy of the introduction section to the Places of Refuge portion of the Subarea Contingency Plan.

An associated project is the Cook Inlet Geographic Response Strategy (GRS) Project.

Primary Project Participants

Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Cook Inlet Regional Citizens' Advisory Council
Department of the Interior, US National Park Service
Southwest Alaska Pilots Association
Tesoro Alaska Co.
United States Coast Guard 17th District
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Websites of Interest

Invasive species informative websites:


If you have local knowledge about the Cook Inlet Subarea or for more information or questions pertaining to this project, contact dec.spar.ppor@alaska.gov

You will need a special program to open some of the files (pdf) that you may download from this site. If you do not already have one, you may download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to open them. If you have special accessibility needs, Adobe offers several free accessibility programs for reading pdf files as well.


This page was updated: June 30, 2008 by Nuka Research & Planning Group, LLC