On April 7, 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released to the public its Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project
and announced the start of a 90-day public comment period. The report, which was directed by the Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-514), highlights the benefits of updating Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) maps with more accurate and precise digital maps to better protect people, coastal areas and natural resources. On June 29, 2009, the Service announced a 30-day extension to the public comment period through August 5, 2009 and the opportunity for the public to participate in virtual public meetings via webcast and teleconference on July 14 and 15, 2009.
We invite the public to review and comment on the report to Congress and draft maps created for the 70 pilot project units. We must receive comments on or before August 5, 2009. Mail or hand-deliver comments to: Coastal Barriers Coordinator, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 860A, Arlington, VA 22203 or send comments by e-mail to: CBRAcomments@fws.gov.