Supporting Coastal Resiliency and Sustainability following Hurricane
The Service recently received funding to modernize the maps of the CBRS for
eight states most affected by Hurricane Sandy: Connecticut, Delaware,
Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and
Virginia. This project will help increase the resiliency and capacity of
coastal habitats and infrastructure to withstand future storms and reduce
the amount of damage caused by such storms, meanwhile modernizing the maps
for about 370 CBRS units. The Service plans to prepare comprehensively
revised draft maps for the eight states by 2017.
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Stakeholder Review Period Closed for CBRS
Digital Conversion Maps
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) held a
30-day comment period during which Federal, State, and local officials had
the opportunity to provide input on draft revised maps for all CBRS units
in Delaware, South Carolina (including one unit that crosses the State
boundary into North Carolina), Texas, and one CBRS unit in Florida. The
CBRS boundaries for these areas have been transferred to updated base maps
and the boundaries have been modified to reflect natural changes in the
size or location of the CBRS units. The comment period closed on
September 30, 2013. Learn more ...
Hurricane Sandy Project Consultation Guidance Now Available
In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Service has updated this website with
additional guidance on project consultations for Federally funded actions
within or affecting the Coastal Barrier Resources System. This guidance
includes information on the project consultation process, limitations on and
exceptions to Federal expenditures under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act,
disaster assistance, property buyouts, and shoreline stabilization.
Navigate to this new guidance through the "Project Consultations"
What is the Coastal Barrier Resources Act?
In the 1970s and 1980s, Congress recognized that certain actions and
programs of the Federal Government have historically subsidized and
encouraged development on coastal barriers, resulting in the loss of
natural resources; threats to human life, health, and property; and the
expenditure of millions of tax dollars each year. To remove the Federal
incentive to develop these areas, Congress passed the Coastal Barrier
Resources Act (CBRA) of 1982 which designated relatively undeveloped
coastal barriers along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts as part of the John H.
Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS), and made these areas
ineligible for most new Federal expenditures and financial assistance.
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What is the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System?
The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) established the John H. Chafee
Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) in 1982. The CBRS consists of the
undeveloped coastal barriers and other areas located on the coasts of the
United States that are identified and generally depicted on a series of
maps entitled “John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System.” These
maps are controlling and dictate which lands are affected by the CBRA. Learn more ...
What are Coastal Barrier Landforms?
Coastal barriers are unique landforms that provide protection for
diverse aquatic habitats and serve as the mainland's first line of defense
against the impacts of severe coastal storms and erosion. Located at the
interface of land and sea, the dominant physical factors responsible for
shaping coastal landforms are tidal range, wave energy, and sediment
supply from rivers and older, pre-existing coastal sand bodies.
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