Coastal Barrier Resources Act

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Digital Conversion Batch 2 - Maps for Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has conducted a digital conversion and 5-year review and prepared final revised maps for all of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) units in Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, one unit in New York, and 13 units in North Carolina. The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) requires the Secretary of the Interior to review the maps of the 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)).  

This review resulted in a set of 118 final revised maps, dated August 1, 2014, depicting a total of 182 CBRS units.  The set of maps is comprised of 19 maps for 34 CBRS units located in Maine; 23 maps for 49 CBRS units located in Maryland; 16 maps for 21 CBRS units located in New Jersey; 32 maps for 64 CBRS units located in Virginia; 2 maps for 1 CBRS unit located in New York; and 26 maps for 13 CBRS units located in North Carolina. Comprehensively revised maps for North Carolina Units L07, L08, and L09 were made effective on December 18, 2014, via Pub. L. 113-253; therefore, the revised maps prepared for these units through the digital conversion effort will not be adopted administratively by the Service. The Service found that a total of 138 of the 182 CBRS units reviewed had experienced changes in their size or location as a result of natural forces since they were last mapped. 

The CBRA requires consultation with the appropriate Federal, State, and local officials (stakeholders) on the Service’s proposed CBRS boundary modifications to reflect changes that have occurred in the size or location of any CBRS unit as a result of natural forces (16 U.S.C 3503(c)).  The Service fulfilled this requirement by holding a 30-day comment period on the draft maps for Federal, State, and local stakeholders, from June 10, 2014 through July 10, 2014.  This comment period was announced in a notice published in the Federal Register (79 FR 33207) on June 10, 2014.  Several comments were received from stakeholders during the comment period.  The Service assessed the comments received during the comment period and officially adopted the final revised maps upon publication of a second notice in the Federal Register (80 FR 25314) on May 4, 2015.  The Service made no changes to the CBRS boundaries depicted on the draft maps as a result of the comment period.  The CBRS boundaries depicted on the final revised maps dated August 1, 2014 are therefore identical to the CBRS boundaries depicted on the draft maps released in June 2014, which were dated September 30, 2013. 

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