Northwest Arctic GRS Saint Lawrence Island Zone Page

Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Northwest Arctic Geographic Response Strategies

The Saint Lawrence Island Zone of the NW Arctic Subarea is depicted below. The green boxes are placed in areas where a pre-planned oil spill response has been developed. The red boxes indicate sites for which a “draft” Geographic Response Strategy (GRS) has been developed. These draft GRS are available for review by stakeholders by clicking on the link to download the document. Before they are finalized the plans will be reviewed by oil spill response professionals to ensure that they protect the resources at each sites as best a possible with the currently available technology. The sites are also listed in a Site Selection Matrix. This document describes the resources at each site.


The following map shows the sites that have been developed in the Northern Zone of the Northwest Arctic Subarea.


Color key:
Green: indicates sites that have been selected for GRS development by the workgroup.

Download a printable pdf format file of this map and sitelist. The current file date is: May 2014.

To save a copy of this colored map directly to your hard drive:
Windows: right click on the map and select "save image as..." from the menu that appears;
Mac: click and hold on the map, and select the "download image to disk" option from the menu that appears.


Completed GRS for the Saint Lawrence Island Zone

The completed GRS for each site can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Completed GRS for the Saint Lawrence Island Zone selected in 2012

SL-11 - Punguuk Islands
SL-12 - Qilugnaak Lagoon
SL-13 - Northeast Cape
SL-14 - Camp Iveetok
SL-15 - Stolbi Rocks
SL-16 - Kukulek Cape/Savoonga
SL-17 - Southwest Cape
SL-18 - Naayvaghlak Lagoon
SL-19 - Umeyaalak Bay
SL-20 - Southeast Cape/Sekeunak Lagoon

Completed GRS for the Saint Lawrence Island Zone selected in 2010

SL-01 – Petngeghyak Lagoon & River
SL-02 – Tapisagek River & Qitnegaq Bay
SL-03 – Sipenpak Lagoon
SL-04 – Alngighyak Lagoon
SL-05 – Kentanga Bay
SL-06 – Kangii Bay Lagoon
SL-07 – Nayghapak & Aghnak Lagoon
SL-08 – Northwest Cape/Gambell
SL-09 – Ketngipalak
SL-10 – Kangqaak Bay

The GRS Site Selection Process

The GRS site selection process begins with the identification of candidate sites. Candidate sites are identified based on a set of three major site selection criteria.

  • environmental sensitivity,

  • risk of being impacted from a water borne spill; and

  • feasibility of successfully protecting the site with existing technology.

The Work Group has sought public input for the sites selected. Public involvement is essential to ensure that the sites selected and the strategies developed reflected the environmental protection priorities of local communities, stakeholders, and resource users. Once GRS site selection was finalized, the workgroup developed the strategies for each site.

The GRS locations identified in the site selection matrix (key) were selected based on the following criteria of environmental sensitivity, which are set forth in the NWA Subarea Plan:

  • Threatened and Endangered Species/Habitats

  • Subsistence Harvest Areas

  • Marshes

  • Eel grass beds

  • Sheltered Tidal Flats

  • Sheltered Rocky Shores

  • Seal Haulouts

  • Sea Lion Rookeries and Haulouts

  • Walrus Rookeries and haulouts

  • Large Seabird Colonies

  • Waterfowl and Shorebird Spring,Fall or Winter Concentration Areas

  • Large Anadromous Fish Streams

  • Intertidal Salmon Spawning Areas

  • Herring Spawning Areas

  • Federal Wilderness Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and National Natural Landmarks

  • State Refuges, Sanctuaries, and Critical Habitat Areas

  • Cultural Resources/Archaeological Sites

  • Intertidal Sites

  • High Use Commercial Fishing Areas

  • High Use Recreational Areas

The workgroup welcomes public input to ensure that everyone with a stake in the area is made aware of Geographic Response Strategies and their importance during an oil spill response.

If you have questions regarding this project, please contact Mark Janes at


This page last updated: May 22, 2014 by Nuka Research & Planning Group, LLC