NYU Spatial Data Repository

Coastal Barrier Resource System, Northeast United States, 1982-2008

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The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) of 1982 established the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS), comprised of undeveloped coastal barriers along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Great Lakes coasts. The law encourages the conservation of hurricane prone, biologically rich coastal barriers by restricting Federal expenditures that encourage development, such as Federal flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. CBRA is a free-market approach to conservation. These areas can be developed, but Federal taxpayers do not underwrite the investments. CBRA saves taxpayer dollars and encourages conservation at the same time. CBRA has saved over $1 billion and will save millions more in the future. Approximately 3.1 million acres of land and associated aquatic habitat are part of the CBRS. The Fish and Wildlife Service maintains the repository for CBRA maps enacted by Congress that depict the CBRS. The Service also advises Federal agencies, landowners, and Congress regarding whether properties are in or out of the CBRS, and what kind of Federal expenditures are allowed in the CBRS.To support coastal planning and other activities pursuant to the Coastal Zone Management Act, Energy Policy Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act.
United States. National Ocean Service
Buzzards Bay (Mass. : Bay), Cape Cod Bay (Mass.), Casco Bay (Me.), Connecticut, Maine, Maine, Gulf of, Massachusetts Bay (Mass.), Massachusetts, Nantucket Sound (Mass.), New Hampshire, New York (State), Penobscot Bay (Me.), Rhode Island Sound (Mass. and R.I.), Rhode Island, Long Island Sound (N.Y. and Conn.), and Vineyard Sound (Mass.)
Protected areas, Coastal zone management, Environment, and Oceans
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