Coastal Barrier Resources Act

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Digital Conversion Batch 1 - Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Texas

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has conducted a digital conversion and 5-year review and prepared final revised maps for all of the Coastal Barrier Resources System (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 Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) requires the Secretary of the Interior to review the maps of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) at least once every 5 years and make any minor and technical modifications necessary to reflect changes in the size or location of the CBRS unit as a result of natural forces (16 U.S.C. 3503(c)).  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has conducted this review and has prepared draft review maps for all of the CBRS units in Delaware, South Carolina (including one unit that crosses the State boundary into North Carolina), Texas, and one CBRS unit in Florida.

This review resulted in a set of 87 final revised maps, dated December 6, 2013, depicting a total of 69 CBRS units.  The set of maps is comprised of 7 maps for 10 CBRS units located in Delaware, 24 maps for 23 CBRS units located in South Carolina (including 1 unit that crosses the state boundary into North Carolina), 55 maps for 35 CBRS units located in Texas, and 1 map for 1 CBRS unit located in Florida.  The Service found that 62 of the 69 units reviewed had experienced changes in their size or location as a result of natural forces since they were last mapped.  

The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) requires consultation with the appropriate Federal, State, and local officials (stakeholders) on the Service’s proposed CBRS boundary modifications to reflect changes that have occurred in the size or location of any CBRS unit as a result of natural forces (16 U.S.C 3503(c)).  The Service fulfilled this requirement by holding a 32-day comment period on the draft maps for Federal, State, and local stakeholders, from August 29, 2013 through September 30, 2013.  This comment period was announced in a notice published in the Federal Register (78 FR 53467) on August 29, 2013.  Several comments were received from stakeholders during the comment period.  The Service assessed the comments received during the comment period and officially adopted the final revised maps upon publication of a second notice in the Federal Register (79 FR 21787) on April 17, 2014.  The Service made no changes to the CBRS boundaries depicted on the draft maps as a result of the comment period.  The CBRS boundaries depicted on the final revised maps dated December 6, 2013 are therefore identical to the CBRS boundaries depicted on the draft maps released in August 2013, which were dated November 30, 2012. 

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