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Arctic & Western Alaska Area

The AWA Area Contingency Plan (AWA ACP) is an operational plan prepared by the AWA Area Committee for, and in consultation with, the responders responsible for its implementation. Plan content is intended to support the individuals that fill a response role and to achieve a coordinated and effective response to a pollution event. Additional references and tools to support a response linked within the ACP are available on the ADEC’s website. These references and tools provide valuable information used to support a response to an oil discharge or hazardous substance release anywhere in Alaska.

The AWA state and federal On-Scene Coordinators seek participation from interested parties in the AWA Area Committee in our response preparedness efforts. If you would like to participate in the Area Committee, please contact the AWA Area Secretary, LCDR Matthew Richards.

The AWA Area Committee Charters consist of:

Area Plan

Associated Plan Documents

Wildlife Protection

Marine Firefighting Plans

Dispersant Use Avoidance Areas 

Area Map (click image to expand)


The Arctic and Western Alaska Area mimics the Captain of the Port Zone and extends seaward from the coastline 200 nautical miles to the Economic Exclusion Zone. The Area also extends inland 1,000 yards. The following geographic zones lie partially within the Arctic & Western Alaska Area:

  • 2 - Prince William Sound*
  • 3 - Cook Inlet
  • 4 - Kodiak Island
  • 5 - Aleutians
  • 6 - Bristol Bay
  • 7 - Western Alaska
  • 8 - Northwest Arctic
  • 9 - North Slope

*Only the area surrounding the town of Whittier lies within the Arctic & Western Alaska Area, most of the Prince William Sound geographic zone lies within the Prince William Sound and Inland Areas. The following maps provide a visual representation of the boundary between these two Areas:

Outreach Opportunities

Next Area Committee Meeting

Arctic and Western Alaska Area Committee Meeting
December, 2021, (Exact date TBD)
Location: Virtual and in-person meeting options will be available
Teleconference: 551-285-1373, Meeting ID: 161 519 7825

June 15, 2021 Meeting Presentations

For more information contact AWA Area Secretary LCDR Matthew Richards.

For information regarding meeting locations and agendas, visit the Alaska Regional Response Team website

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