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CBRS Mapper - Beta Now Available

In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Service has made an interactive Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) Mapper available to the public. The mapper can be used to help property owners, local, State, and Federal stakeholders, and the public determine whether or not properties or project sites may be affected by CBRA.

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Hurricane Sandy and CBRA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently working on guidance materials related to Hurricane Sandy and implementation of the CBRA. If you require a Federal project consistency consultation or a CBRA determination for a specific property or project site affected by the hurricane, please contact the appropriate Service Field Office. A list of field office contact information is available here. For general questions about CBRA, or if you cannot get through to the appropriate field office, email CBRA@fws.gov.

CBRA Turned 30 on October 18, 2012

Congress recognized the value of our Nation’s coastal barriers 30 years ago today by passing the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) on October 18, 1982.It noted that federal government actions and programs were subsidizing and encouraging development on hurricane-prone and biologically rich coastal barriers. This resulted in the loss of natural resources and threats to human life, health and property, and cost millions of taxpayer dollars each year. CBRA removes the federal incentive to develop these areas by designating relatively undeveloped coastal barriers along the coasts as part of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS).  Learn more ...

Digital Mapping Pilot Project

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a 120-day public comment period from April 7 – August 5, 2009, on its Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project. Learn more ...

 

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. Learn more ...


 
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. Learn more ...


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