The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) requires the Secretary of the Interior to review the maps of the (CBRS) at least once every 5 years and make such minor and technical modifications necessary to reflect changes in the size or location of the CBRS units as a result of natural forces (16 U.S.C. 3503(c)). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is conducting the 5-year review for the following areas in 2022-2023: Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, and ten units in South Carolina.
A stakeholder review period for federal, state, and local officials was held from November 22-December 22, 2022. The Federal Register Notice of Availability (87 FR 71352) contains summaries of the proposed modifications for individual CBRS units and instructions for providing comments. The draft boundaries may be viewed using the CBRS 5-Year Review Web Mapping Application, A shapefile of the draft boundaries is also available below.
Please note that through this project, we may only consider changes to the maps that are consistent with our administrative authority to modify the CBRS boundaries, which is limited to: (1) changes that have occurred as a result of natural forces such as erosion and accretion; (2) voluntary additions to the CBRS by property owners; and (3) additions of excess federal property to the CBRS (16 U.S.C. 3503 (c)-(e)). Other types of changes to the CBRS boundaries may not be considered under this project.
Now that the stakeholder review period has closed, we are reviewing the comments received from federal, state, and local officials, and making any changes that are appropriate and consistent with our authority to make administrative modifications to the CBRS. We are also preparing final maps, which will be adopted upon publication of a second notice in the Federal Register. Additional CBRS areas are planned for 5-year review from 2023 through 2025.