Coastal Barriers Resources System

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The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) of 1982 and subsequent amendments designated largely undeveloped coastal barriers along the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico coasts as part of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS). The designation made these areas ineligible for most new federal expenditures and financial assistance. The legislation was designed to conserve the rich ecosystem of coastal barriers that are prone to hurricane and major storm events. Designated areas can be developed, but no federal funds may be used; the cost must come from all private sources.  


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The US Congress passed  H.R. 5787 on December 20, 2018 to adopt 35 revised maps that were produced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service which included coastal regions of Virginia. The proposed maps will mark the largest Congressional update to the CBRS since 1990. The new maps will go into effect as soon as the bill is signed into law by the President. Click here to download document 

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a 120-day public comment period on the draft revised boundaries of the CBRS including for those in Virginia. A public webcast meeting is scheduled for Virginia and Maryland on January 31, 2019 and the public comment period will close on April 17, 2019. Learn more.

For the immediate future, CBRS flood insurance prohibition maps will only be available via the US Fish and Wildlife CBRS Mapper, downloadable shapefile, We Map Service and ARC GIS Representational State Transfer Service. Learn more The CBRS Mapper includes a function that allows users to create their own documentation for specific properties and project sites. The Mapper also includes the relevant dates for flood insurance determinations and other purposes. Learn more

By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand–delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket NoFWS-HQ-ES-2018-0034; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: BPHC; Falls Church, VA 22041–3808.

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