Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project

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Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project

In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) initiated a project to modernize the maps of the 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. The Service made the proposed boundaries for the project available for public review and comment in 2018 and 2019. This report to Congress, which has been prepared in accordance with section 4 of the 2006 Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization Act and section 3 of the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act of 2018, contains final recommended maps for congressional consideration accompanied by summaries of change for each unit included in the project. The report also contains summaries of and responses to the comments received.

The report and its appendixes are available as ten separate volumes for download below. The first volume includes the main body of the report and appendixes A-C (the glossary; project acreage, structure structure
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, and shoreline change metrics; and responses to unit-specific public comments).

Appendixes D-K are state specific and contain the following for each state: (1) statewide reference maps and statewide summary of final recommended changes; (2) summaries of recommended changes for each of the units; (3) technical correction assessments; and (4) final recommended CBRS maps. Appendix L includes copies of all the comments received during the comment periods.

Note: In 2023 and 2024, the Service conducted reviews of the maps included in Appendixes D-K of the report and prepared amended versions of 13 of the maps that reflect minor and technical changes. For a summary of the changes to the maps and to view the amended maps, please see the file entitled “summary-and-sep-8-2023-and-may-21-2024-amended-maps” below.

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We administer the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA), which encourages the conservation of storm-prone and dynamic coastal barriers by withdrawing the availability of federal funding and financial assistance within a designated set of units known as the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS)....