Coastal Barrier Resources Act

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The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), is responsible for administering the Coastal Barrier Resources Act.  The Service’s responsibilities include:

  • maintaining the official maps of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) and providing copies for public viewing at headquarters, regional, and field office locations;
  • maintaining the background record for each unit;
  • consulting with Federal agencies to determine whether Federal funds can be spent within the CBRS;
  • determining whether properties are within the CBRS;
  • reviewing and modifying the CBRS every five years to reflect geomorphic changes (erosion and accretion); and
  • working with Congress, landowners, and other interested parties when questions arise over whether the CBRS boundaries were applied correctly.

The Service’s Field Offices have the responsibility for preparing consultation responses to Federal agencies that propose spending funds within the CBRS; responding to property determination requests for properties that are more than 500 feet away from a CBRS boundary.  Properties that are within 500 feet of a CBRS boundary are completed by the Washington Office. 

The Fish and Wildlife Service is headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike
 Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone: 703-358-2171
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