Coastal Barrier Resources Act: Fish and Wildlife Service Should Better Ensure it Carries Out Required Consultation and Mapping Activities, Report to the Chairman, Committee on Natural Resources, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "CBRA [Coastal Barrier Resources Act] was enacted to remove federal incentives to develop certain areas-- mostly along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts-- that contain coastal barriers such as islands and wetlands. The act generally prohibits new federal expenditures and financial assistance in these areas. It allows exceptions for certain projects in the CBRS [Coastal Barrier Resources System] but requires federal agencies to consult with FWS [U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service] before making expenditures or providing assistance within the CBRS. FWS is also responsible for maintaining and updating CBRS maps, which can be used to determine whether properties are in the CBRS. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review FWS and Corps [U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] activities under CBRA. This report examines (1) FWS's consultation process and consultations by selected FWS field offices in fiscal years 2018-2019, (2) FWS's processes for updating CBRS maps, and (3) Corps projects in the CBRS and the Corps' process for complying with CBRA. GAO reviewed FWS and Corps guidance and interviewed officials at headquarters, regional, and field levels. GAO also examined documents from selected FWS field offices and Corps districts chosen based on geographic diversity and other factors."

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