California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Area Contingency Plan

The statutes (OPA 90 and SB 2040) enacted in consequence of the catastrophic oil spills of 1989, required contingency planning for both State and Federal Governments. The USCG and California Department of Fish and Wildlife - OSPR agreed to joint preparation of contingency plans through co-chairing the three Port Area Committees for Contingency Planning: USCG Port Areas for San Francisco, Los Angles / Long Beach, and San Diego.

In a land of rich environmental resources, the Area Committee planning process is a proactive effort to deal with potential oil releases inherent in California’s petroleum dependant economy and culture. This planning process is open to all stakeholders and has involved representatives from over 50 agencies, including environmental groups, city and county planners, California State agencies, the Federal government, and Industry. These organizations have come together to produce a landmark comprehensive planning document that serves as a "one stop" marine pollution response plan for the three port areas and the included six geographical sections of the California Coast. The three Port Area Contingency Plans provide guidance for the first 24 hours of response, and each of the six coastal subdivisions have provided detailed evaluation and recommendations for the State's shoreline resources.

Both the US Coast Guard and the State of California are extremely grateful to the many individuals who participated in the Area Committee Planning. The hard work invested is vital to preserving the beauty and bounty of the California coast. The efforts of the contributors are greatly appreciated, and all are heartily commended.

The Area Committee Plans (ACPs) are living documents, and the respective area committees meet regularly to update, review, and revise the document as needs become apparent. The most recent Port Area Contingency Plans for the marine waters of California are available here.

The ACPs have the same general organization. Sections 1000-9000 have information for spill response organized by the respective Incident Command System (ICS) function. There is some variation among ACPs how local environmental, economic, and cultural response plans are presented.

ACPs are organized by their originating Port Areas: San Francisco, Los Angles / Long Beach, and San Diego. Within each of these ports, ACP information is presented in individual PDF files which address different sections of the ACP. Each port area has a “read me” file to provide both directions to what section (PDF file) contains what information and also, what significant changes may be of interest. Some of the recent update information has been generally unavailable as a result of 9-11 security concerns. Please consult this “read me” file to identify the PDF file containing information of your particular interest. We hope this information will be helpful to you.

Contact Information

Kathleen Jennings
Phone: (707) 864-4938

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Page Last Updated: March 4, 2014