California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Area Contingency Plan Program Overview

The statutes (OPA 90 and SB 2040) enacted in consequence of the catastrophic oil spills of 1989, required contingency planning by both State and Federal Governments. The U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) and California Department of Fish and Wildlife – Office of Spill Prevention and Response (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 Angeles / 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 dependent economy and culture. This planning process is open to all stakeholders and has involved representatives from over 50 agencies, including federal agencies, state agencies, local government agencies, as well as industry and environmental groups. 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 planning areas have provided detailed evaluation and recommendations for protection of regional shoreline resources.

Both the USCG and OSPR are extremely grateful to the many individuals who participate in the Area Committee planning process. The efforts of the participants are heartily commended and vital to preserving the beauty and bounty of the California coast.

The Area Contingency 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 ACPs for the marine waters of California are available here.

ACPs are organized by their originating Port Areas: San Francisco, Los Angeles / 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.

The ACPs have the same general organization. Volume I, Sections 1000-9000 have information for spill response organized by the respective Incident Command System (ICS) function. There is some variation among ACPs in how local environmental, economic, and cultural response actions are presented in Volume II, Section 9800.

Contact Information

Kathleen Jennings
Phone: (707) 864-4938

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Page Last Updated: December 6, 2013