U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Coastal Barrier Resources System
Ecological Services

Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project - Batch 1

Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has prepared draft revised boundaries that propose modifications to the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) in Delaware, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, as well as the designation of a new unit in New Hampshire. This first batch of the Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project includes a total of 148 CBRS units (112 existing units and 36 proposed new units). The breakdown of units by state is as follows: 8 existing units and 3 proposed new units in Delaware, 86 existing units and 23 proposed new units in Massachusetts, 1 proposed new unit in New Hampshire, and 18 existing units and 9 proposed new units in New Jersey. Three of the existing units have no proposed changes. Ten of the 36 proposed new units are comprised either partially or mostly of areas that are currently contained within the CBRS, but are proposed for reclassification from System Unit to OPA or vice-versa. Twenty-six of the 36 proposed new units are comprised entirely of areas that are not currently contained within the CBRS. Nine of the existing 112 units are proposed for reclassification from System Unit to OPA or vice-versa, and therefore their current unit numbers are retired, resulting in 139 total proposed units.

If adopted by Congress, the proposed boundaries would remove 557 acres from the CBRS (371 acres of land above mean high tide and 186 acres of wetlands and open water) and add approximately 136,268 acres to the CBRS (6,051 acres of land above mean high tide and 130,217 acres of wetlands and open water). The proposed boundaries would remove 271 structures from the CBRS and add 199 structures to the CBRS. A summary of metrics associated with the proposed changes for each state is below. More detailed information regarding the specific proposed changes to each unit is available in the set of unit summaries below.

CBRS Projects Mapper

Draft revised CBRS units (including additions, deletions, and reclassifications) within active mapping projects; date last modified Dec. 17, 2018. Use this mapper to view changes to the CBRS that are proposed by the Service. 

Note: The revised units depicted in this mapper are not currently effective.

Related Documents and Links for Batch 1

Virtual Public Meetings

The Service held public meetings on Batch 1 via webcast and teleconference. The presentations from these public meetings are available for download below:

Comment Period

The Service invited the public to review the proposed boundaries and provide input during a 120-day public comment, which was held from March 12 through July 10, 2018. You may view the comments that were submitted at the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0004-0001.

Now that the public review period has closed, the Service will make appropriate adjustments to the boundaries based on public comments, CBRA criteria, and objective mapping protocols. We will also prepare summaries of and responses to the comments received along with final recommended maps for Congressional consideration. The revised CBRS boundaries (including proposed removals and proposed additions) will only become effective once the revised maps are adopted into law by Congress.

Last updated: December 12, 2019