Coastal Barrier Resources Act

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Stakeholder Review Period Closed for CBRS Digital Conversion Maps for Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and New York

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 revised maps for all of the CBRS units in Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and one unit in New York.

The CBRA requires consultation with the appropriate Federal, State, and local officials on the proposed CBRS boundary modifications to reflect changes that have occurred as a result of natural forces.  The Service published a notice in the Federal Register on June 10, 2014 to announce the findings of our review and request for comments on the draft revised maps from Federal, State, and local officials.  A 30-day comment period was held, which closed on July 10, 2014.

The Service invited interested Federal, State, and local officials to review the draft maps for Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and one unit in New York, and submit written comments to the Service per the instructions in the Federal Register notice dated June 10, 2014.   Please note that the Service can only consider proposed changes to the draft maps that are consistent with its administrative authority to modify the CBRS boundaries which is limited to:  (1) changes that have occurred as a result of natural forces such as erosion and accretion; (2) voluntary additions to the CBRS by property owners; and (3) additions of excess Federal property to the CBRS (16 U.S.C. (c)-(e)).  Other requests for changes to the CBRS will not be considered at this time.  For additional information on the technical correction process which addresses CBRS technical mapping errors and requires Congressional consideration, please see the Boundary Modifications section of the Service’s CBRA website. 

Now that the comment period is closed, the Service will review the comments received from Federal, State, and local officials, and make any changes that are appropriate and consistent with the Service’s authority to make administrative changes to the CBRS (16 U.S.C 3503(c)-(e)).  The Service will then prepare final maps for the CBRS units in Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and one unit in New York, which will be adopted administratively upon publication of a second notice in the Federal Register

The updated CBRS maps produced for Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, and one unit in New York, are part of an interagency “digital conversion” effort between the Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The Service and FEMA plan to produce updated maps for the remainder of the CBRS by 2016.  The digital conversion effort was undertaken to improve the accuracy, integrity, and usability of the CBRS data and maps.  This effort will help increase compliance with the CBRA and improve government efficiency and customer service by providing more reliable and user-friendly CBRS maps and digital data to the public.  The final CBRS boundaries produced through this digital conversion effort will also be shown on FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

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Click below to compare the current effective CBRS maps to the draft revised maps dated 9.30.2013.
 

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Click here to access draft CBRS Maps

 

 

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