Coastal Barrier Resources Act

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Shoreline Stabilization

In general, Federal expenditures and financial assistance for erosion control, or to otherwise stabilize any inlet, shoreline, or inshore area, are prohibited under the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA).  The following actions or projects are excepted, provided the expenditure is consistent with the purposes CBRA (i.e., to minimize loss of human life, wasteful Federal expenditures and damage to fish, wildlife and other natural resources):

  • Projects for the study, management, protection, and enhancement of fish and wildlife resources and habitats, including acquisition of fish and wildlife habitats and related lands, stabilization projects for fish and wildlife habitats, and recreational projects.
  • Assistance for emergency actions essential to the saving of lives and the protection of property and the public health and safety, if such actions are performed pursuant to sections 5170a, 5170b, and 5192 of title 42 and section 1362 1 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4103) and are limited to actions that are necessary to alleviate the emergency.
  • Nonstructural projects for shoreline stabilization that are designed to mimic, enhance, or restore a natural stabilization system.

Shoreline Stabilization example photo
Credit: NOAA

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