Coastal Barrier Resources Act

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Legal Document- Statute: Coastal Barrier Resources Act


The United States Congress passed this Act in order to address the many problems associated with coastal barrier development. CBRA designated various undeveloped coastal barriers, which were illustrated by a set of maps adopted by law, to be included in the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS). These designated areas were made ineligible for both direct and indirect Federal expenditures and financial assistance, which are believed to encourage development of fragile, high-risk, and ecologically sensitive coastal barriers.

CBRA was originally authored by U.S. Representative Thomas B. Evans, Jr. and Senator John Chafee, who kept three objectives in mind:

  1. to minimize the loss of human life by discouraging development in high risk areas vulnerable to storm surges and hurricane winds;
  2. to reduce wasteful expenditure of Federal resources; and
  3. to protect the natural resources associated with undeveloped coastal barriers.
The CBRA is administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service.


Year Signed or Took Effect 

Legal Citation 
CBRA, Public Law 97-348

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Internet link for Coastal Barrier Resources Act

Coastal Barrier Resources Act (1982).

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