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

Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) initiated a project to modernize the maps of approximately 370 Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) units in the nine states along the North Atlantic coast most affected by Hurricane Sandy: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (Long Island), Rhode Island, and Virginia (comprising 42 percent of the total units and 16 percent of the total acreage within the CBRS).

The methodology for the Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project is described in a notice the Service published in the Federal Register on March 12, 2018 (83 FR 10739). This project makes significant progress towards fulfilling the statutory requirement to modernize the entire set of CBRS maps (Pub. L. 109-226). The modernization effort will correct mapping errors affecting property owners; add new qualifying areas to the CBRS; and provide more accurate and accessible CBRS data for planning coastal infrastructure projects, habitat conservation efforts, and flood risk mitigation measures.

The public review for this project was conducted in two separate batches. The first batch included Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. The second batch included Connecticut, Maryland, New York (Long Island), Rhode Island, and Virginia. Please see the links below for additional information on each batch.

Now that the public review periods have 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.

Map of CBRA ProjectsMap of CBRA Projects

  • Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • Batch 1- Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey
  • Batch 2 - Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia

    Last updated: December 2, 2019