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

Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project - Batch 2
Connecticut, Maryland, New York (Long Island), Rhode Island, and Virginia

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has prepared draft revised boundaries that propose modifications to the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) in Connecticut, Maryland, New York (Long Island), Rhode Island, and Virginia. This second batch of the Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project includes a total of 310 CBRS units (256 existing units and 54 proposed new units). The breakdown of units by state is as follows: 32 existing units and 3 proposed new units in Connecticut, 49 existing units and 11 proposed new units in Maryland, 80 existing units and 22 proposed new units in New York, 31 existing units and 4 proposed new units in Rhode Island (including a minor portion of Unit D01 located in Massachusetts), and 64 existing units and 14 proposed new units in Virginia. Nineteen of the 256 existing units have no proposed changes. Two of the existing 256 units are proposed for deletion from the CBRS, 15 of the existing units are proposed for reclassification from System Unit to Otherwise Protected Area (OPA) or vice-versa, and two of the existing units are transferred from one existing System Unit to another existing System Unit; in all of these cases, the current unit numbers are retired, resulting in 291 total proposed units. Twenty-one of the 54 proposed new units are comprised partially, mostly, or entirely of areas that are currently contained within the CBRS, but are proposed for reclassification from System Unit to OPA or vice-versa. Thirty-four of the 54 proposed new units are comprised entirely of areas that are not currently contained within the CBRS.

If adopted by Congress, the proposed boundaries would remove 787 acres from the CBRS (600 acres of land above mean high tide and 187 acres of wetlands and open water) and add approximately 141,072 acres to the CBRS (5,057 acres of land above mean high tide and 136,015 acres of wetlands and open water). The proposed boundaries would remove 643 structures from the CBRS and add 96 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 2

Virtual Public Meetings

UPDATE: Due to the 35-day partial government shutdown, the virtual public meetings that were scheduled for January 29-31, 2019, were cancelled. In lieu of these public meetings, a recorded presentation is available below. The presentation gives an overview of the Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project for the Batch 2 states. If you need additional information or would like to discuss proposed changes to the Coastal Barrier Resources System in the affected states, please contact us at cbra@fws.gov.

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 December 18, 2018 through April 17, 2019. You may view the comments that were submitted at the following link: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0034-0001.

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: May 3, 2019