Pacific Northwest Spill Response Community,

As we move into 2020, the Executive Committee, which includes the Region 10 Regional Response Team and key agencies from the NW Area Committee, is embarking on a strategic planning process to chart our collective future. This process will include revisiting our Mission and Vision statements as well as identifying specific strategic goals for the next 5 years. As a result of the significant anticipated workload associated with this strategic planning process, due to the importance and workload associated with a robust strategic planning process, the signatories to the Northwest Area Contingency Plan decided that there wasn’t sufficient collective capacity to take on any new Task Force work in 2020. If you already submitted a Task Force proposal for consideration this year, that information will be retained. We are committed to continuing our highly successful spill contingency planning process with a full day Planning Summit and identification of Task Forces in December 2020. While we are still working through the structure of this strategic planning process, your active engagement is critical.

Thank you for your continued commitment to our collective spill planning, preparedness and response in this engaged and dynamic region of the country. You all are critical to our success!

Sincerely,
NW Area Contingency Plan Signatory Agencies:
US Coast District 13
US Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound
US Coast Guard Sector Columbia River
US Environmental Protection Agency Region 10
Washington Department of Ecology
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Idaho Office of Emergency Management