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2015 - 2016
Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers GRP Project

This project was completed in 2016.  The 10 Geographic Response Plans that were developed are listed below are now available at the Regional Response Team 1 website located here.

Kennebec River

KR-ME-01 Skowhegan

KR-ME-02 Waterville

KR-ME-03 Hallowell

Sebasticook River

SB-ME-01 Pittsfield

SB-ME-02 Benton

Penobscot River

PR-ME-01 Brown Islands

PR-ME-02 Mattanawcook/Chokecherry Islands

PR-ME-03 Howland/Stanford Dam

PR-ME-04 Milford/Indian Island

PR-ME-05 Brewer


EPA Region 1

Karen Way

GRS Project Coordinator


Nuka Research

Mike Popovich

Senior Project Manager


Kennebec & Sebasticook Rivers

For this project phase, GRP development focused on the portion of the Kennebec River between Madison and Richmond, ME.  Limited GRP development was also completed for the portion of the Sebasticook River between Pittsfield and the confluence with the Kennebec River.

Penobscot River

For this project phase, GRP development focused on the portion of the Penobscot River between Mattawamkeag and Bangor, ME.

Work Group Participants


  • City of Augusta FD

  • City of Bangor

  • Cold Brook Energy/PROPAC

  • Town of Fairfield/Benton FD

  • Hallowell Conservation Commision

  • Somerset County EMA

  • Waterville/Winslow EMA/FD

  • Maine CDC Drinking Water Program

  • Maine DEP

  • Maine Emergency Management Agency

  • Maine Historic Preservation Comm.

  • Maine Inland Fish & Wildlife

  • Penobscot Nation

  • U.S. EPA

  • U.S. Coast Guard


Initial Work Group Meeting

December 02, 2015

Maine DEP Response Services Training Room (AMHI Campus), 4 Blossom Lane, Augusta, Maine

Work Group participants were briefed on project details including the site selection process, plan for site surveys, development of tactics for each site, and final review and approval of all GRPs. 

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Summary


Meeting PPT


Meeting PPT (ME DEP)


Site Selection Meeting

February 23, 2016

Maine DEP Response Services Training Room (AMHI Campus), 4 Blossom Lane, Augusta, Maine

Participants reviewed the site sensitivity data compiled from Work Group members as well as the EPA, Maine DEP, and Nuka Research, and identified the 10 GRP development sites. Information was presented in a site selection matrix for each of the river systems considered. 

Meeting Agenda


Meeting Summary


Meeting PPT


Final Site Selection Matrix

Site Surveys

Tuesday, April 12th and Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Nuka Research conducted site surveys to obtain additional information about each GRP site to inform the development of tactics and note logitstical and other issues.

Preliminary GRP Site Mapping Areas

Kennebec/Sebasticook & Penobscot Rivers Site Survey Summary

Tactics Sub-Group Meeting

May 13, 2016

The Tactics Sub-Group was comprised of select individuals from the project Work Group with direct experience and expertise in inland spill response, GRP development, and/or in-depth knowledge of both river systems.  The Sub-Group reviewed draft GRP maps showing the tactics and strategies recommended by the site survey team.  Changes to these initial tactics and strategies were made based on input from the Tactics Sub-Group, and the GRPs were updated prior to final review by the Work Group.  

Final Work Group Meeting

June 17, 2016

9:00am - 12:00pm via Webinar

This was the final meeting of the entire Kennebec and Penobscot GRP Work Group.  During this meeting, each draft GRP was presented for review and comment prior to finalization.

Meeting Summary

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