Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Alaska Geographic Response Strategies: Aleutians

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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

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

A workgroup has been formed to develop GRS for the Aleutian 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 workgroup has compiled a list, called a Site Selection Matrix (SSM) and Key, of candidate sites in the entire subarea. The zone links to the left will take you to an index map for each zone. At this time sites in the East A and East B Zones have been developed into GRS. When additional funding becomes available the workgroup may consider additional zones in the subarea.

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.

A detailed description of the site selection process can be found here or by following the link under the Quick Links section.