Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Alaska Geographic Response Strategies: Northwest Arctic

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  • A draft GRS Site Evaluation form has been uploaded for review. We welcome your input, which should be sent to dec.spar.grs@alaska.gov. The most current version of this form will remain available in Quick Links section of this page. Thank you for helping to improve its usefulness. (11/10/15)

GRS Updates Pending Approval

Primary Participants


This website is being used to assist the workgroup in the development of Geographic Response Strategies (GRS) to protect sensitive coastal environments in the Northwest Arctic Subarea from marine oil spills. For this project the Northwest Arctic Subarea has been divided into three Geographic Response Zones, as shown on the map to the left.

A workgroup has been formed to develop GRS for the Northwest Arctic Subarea. Participants include Local, State and Federal resource trustee agencies and governments, local spill response experts, oil spill contingency plan holders and local individuals with knowledge of the area.

The Geographic Response Strategies (GRS) and tactics described on this site and in the subarea plans, are NOT prescriptive in nature. They are recommended deployment configurations for initial responders. They can, and should, be adjusted to fit the current situation and environmental conditions.