Nonstructural Shoreline Stabilization Projects, or 'Beach Renourishment,' and the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) [April 21, 2022]   [open pdf - 930KB]

From the Document: "Coastal areas have often been popular sites for development for a variety of commercial, scientific, and personal purposes. The U.S. coastal areas are twice as developed [hyperlink] as the rest of the country, and such development has been increasing [hyperlink]. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that 127 million people [hyperlink] lived in coastal counties as of 2014 and that population density along the coast has been increasing [hyperlink]. However, such areas are also susceptible to erosion, flooding [hyperlink], and damage from severe storms [hyperlink] that can bring high winds, powerful waves, heavy precipitation, and storm surge. These challenges for people living and working along the coast are likely to increase with the impacts of climate change [hyperlink], such as sea level rise, potential changes in weather patterns, and potential exacerbation of algal blooms. Congress has sought to reduce federal incentives for additional development along coastal barriers. The Coastal Barrier Resources Act [hyperlink] (CBRA or 'act'; 16 U.S.C. §§ 3501-3510), enacted in 1982 and subsequently amended, restricts the use of new federal funding that may encourage development on or around certain coastal barriers. The CBRA imposes these restrictions 'to minimize the loss of human life, wasteful expenditure of federal revenues, and the damage to fish, wildlife, and other natural resources associated with the coastal barriers.' [hyperlink] The act allows for certain exceptions [hyperlink] to these restrictions, including one for nonstructural shoreline stabilization projects."

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