Billions of gallons of oil move through Washington’s waters and lands every year. With even more oil on the way, plans are being drafted for how best to respond if a spill ever hits Lake Washington.

The Washington Department of Ecology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are preparing for an expected increase in oil transport through the state and, for the first time, are developing a response plan for Lake Washington.

Local, state and federal agencies have identified potential oil and haz-mat threats, located sensitive areas and developed booming strategies for the lake. As part of the effort, Ecology compiled this information into a geographic response plan (GRP) and is interested in community feedback.

The draft Lake Washington GRP can be reviewed at ftp://www.ecy.wa.gov/spills/GRPs/Draft%20Documents/LKWA-GRP_Draft-Feb2014.pdf or at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/preparedness/GRP/Introduction/DraftGRPs.htm.

Submit comments through April 15 to Washington Department of Ecology

Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (GRPs)
, P.O. Box 47600, 
Olympia, WA 98504-7600; or to GRPs@ecy.wa.gov.

All comments received will be reviewed and considered before the final version of the plan is produced.

When finalized, the Lake Washington GRP will be one of 20 oil-spill response plans in Washington.