In 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) submitted its initial Report to Congress:Digital Mapping Pilot Project (pilot project) to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Committee on Natural Resources, per a directive in Section 6 of the 2000 Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization Act (2000 CBRRA). The 2008 pilot project report: (1) contained draft maps that proposed modifications to 70 units of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) located in Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina; and (2) described the methodology and results of the pilot project and the feasibility, data standards and needs, and costs of completing digital maps for the remainder of the CBRS.
The Service made the proposed pilot project maps and report available for public review and comment in 2009. Since the publication of the initial report, six units were removed from the pilot project and one unit was added, resulting in a total of 65 units in the final report.
This final report to Congress provides the final recommended maps for 65 units (comprising 274,363 acres and about eight percent of the total CBRS acreage), and has been prepared in accordance with Section 3 of the 2006 Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization Act (2006 CBRRA), which specifies that the Secretary of the Interior, after providing an opportunity for the submission and consideration of public comments, shall submit a report regarding the digital CBRS maps created under the pilot project to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Committee on Natural Resources.