Congress Makes Updates to Coastal Barrier Resources System Maps in Four
Maps depicting 11 units of the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) were
made effective on December 18, 2014, via Public Law 113-253. The new maps
(depicting revisions to ten units and one entirely new unit) are accessible
via a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) online
mapper. The affected
units, comprising 19,893 total acres, are located in Rhode Island, North
Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. The new maps correct errors affecting
property owners and add eligible undeveloped areas to the CBRS. Additional
information about the new maps is available
Stakeholder Review Period Closed for CBRS Digital Conversion Maps
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) held a 30-day comment
period for Federal, State, and local officials to provide input on draft
revised maps for all CBRS units in Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, North
Carolina, Virginia, and one unit in New York. 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 July 10, 2014.
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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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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