Coastal Barrier Resources Act Report to Congress

by Mary C. Watzin, US Fish & Wildlife Service, United States,
Frank B. McGilvrey, US Fish & Wildlife Service, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Barrier Islands: Process and Management


The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) of 1982 established a system of 186 coastal barriers along the U.S. coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, and prohibited within this system most Federal expenditures that encourage development. Section 10 of the Act directed the Department of the Interior to conduct a study and prepare a report to Congress with recommendations for additions to and deletions from the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) and recommendations for the conservation of the natural resources of the CBRS. That final report was released in December 1988. This paper discusses the major findings and recommendations contained in that report.

Subject Headings: Coastal management | Resource management | Penetration tests | Legislation | Urban and regional development | Ocean engineering | Natural resources | Atlantic Ocean | Gulf of Mexico

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