Coastal Barrier Resources Act

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Digital Mapping Pilot Project

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a public comment period in 2009 on its Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project. The report, which was directed by the Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-514), contains draft maps for 65 CBRS units and describes the results of the pilot project and a framework for modernizing the remainder of the CBRS maps. The 65 pilot project units, which represent approximately 10 percent of the entire CBRS, are located in Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana.

The Service is making adjustments to the pilot project maps based on public comments, updated aerial imagery, CBRA criteria, and objective mapping protocols. The Service's final report to Congress will contain the final recommended pilot project maps and the Service's official response to the public comments received during the 2009 comment period. The final report to Congress has not yet been completed. The pilot project maps will become effective only if they are enacted by Congress through new legislation.

New maps for CBRS Units L07, L08, and L09, located in Onslow, Pender, and New Hanover Counties, North Carolina, were made effective on December 18, 2014, via Public Law 113-253. These maps are now the controlling maps for these three units. To access the recently enacted maps, click here.

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