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2016 - 2017
Lake Champlain GRP Project

This project was completed in 2017 and the 15 Geographic Response Plans listed below are available at the Regional Response Team 1 website located here.

LC-VT-01 Missisquoi

LC-VT-02 Charcoal Creek

LC-VT-03 Alburg

LC-VT-04 Swanton

LC-VT-05 Milton

LC-VT-06 Grand Isle Ferry Dock

LC-VT-07 Sandbar

LC-VT-08 Malletts Creek

LC-VT-09 Winooski

LC-VT-10 Burlington

LC-VT-11 Shelburne

LC-VT-12 Lewis/Little Otter Creek

LC-VT-13 Otter Creek

LC-VT-14 Chimney Point

LC-VT-15 Mount Independence


EPA Region 1

Karen Way

GRS Project Coordinator


Nuka Research

Mike Popovich

Senior Project Manager


Lake Champlain

For this project, GRP development will focus on the portion of Lake Champlain within Vermont*.  

* New York falls within EPA Region 2's jursdication.  As this is an EPA Region 1 project, GRP development on Lake Champlain will be limited to areas of the lake within Vermont. 

Work Group Participants


  • Vermont DEC

  • Vermont DEC Drinking Water Program

  • Vermont Emergency Management Agency

  • Vermont Historic Preservation Comm.

  • Vermont Inland Fish & Wildlife

  • Vermont Commision on Native American Affairs

  • Vermont Forest, Parks & Recreation

  • Towns of

    • Alburg​

    • Swanton

    • Highgate

    • Isle La Motte

    • North Hero

    • St. Albans

    • Grand Isle

    • South Hero

    • Georgia

    • Milton

    • Colchester

    • Burlington

    • Shelburne

    • Charlotte

    • Ferrisburgh

    • Panton

    • Addison

    • Bridport

    • Shoreham

    • Orwell

    • Benson

    • West Haven

  • U.S. Dept. of Interior

  • U.S. Coast Guard

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Initial Work Group Meeting

October 13, 2016

Shelburne Town Office Complex, Meeting Room 1, 5420 Shelburne, Rd., Shelburne, VT

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 Powerpoint

Site Selection Meeting

January 05, 2017

Shelburne Town Office Complex, Meeting Room 1, 5420 Shelburne, Rd., Shelburne, VT

Participants reviewed the site sensitivity data compiled from Work Group members as well as the EPA, VT DEC, and Nuka Research, and identified the 15 GRP development sites. Information was presented in a site selection matrix for each of the river systems considered. 




Meeting Agenda


Meeting Summary


Meeting Powerpoint


Final Site Selection Matrix (REVISED-May 2017)

Site Surveys

April 25th and 26th, 2017

Nuka Research conducted site surveys to obtain additional information about each GRP site that informed the development of tactics and noted logistical and other issues.


Site Survey Schedule

Site Survey Data Collection Form

Site Survey Summary

Tactics Sub-Group Meeting

June 13, 2017

Via Webinar

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 Lake Champlain.  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

July 17, 2017

1pm - 3pm via Webinar

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

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