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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Notice of extension of the public comment period on report and draft maps; notice of public meetings via Web cast and teleconference.

SUMMARY:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), advise the public that we are extending the public review and comment period for the Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project and draft maps. Also, we plan to host public meetings via Web cast and teleconference on the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) Digital Mapping Pilot Project.

DATES:

Comment Period: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments on the report and draft maps by August 5, 2009.

Public Meetings: We will hold public meetings via Web cast and teleconference; see “Public Meetings” and “Meeting Participation Information” under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for meeting dates, times, and registration information.

ADDRESSES:

Mail or hand-deliver (during normal business hours) comments to Katie Niemi, 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 electronic mail (e-mail) to CBRAcomments@fws.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Katie Niemi, Coastal Barriers Coordinator, (703) 358-2161.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) of 1982 (16 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) established the CBRS, a defined set of geographic units located along the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Island coasts. CBRA removes the Federal incentive for development in these high-risk and biologically important coastal barrier habitats by limiting Federal subsidies such as flood insurance within the CBRS. Development can still occur provided that private developers or other non-Federal parties bear the full cost.

The CBRS boundaries are depicted on U.S. Geological Survey topographic quadrangle maps, which are, on average, 30 years old. Because the maps are outdated technologically, the CBRS boundaries do not always align precisely with the geomorphic, cultural, or development features that they were intended to follow. As a result, some properties and projects intended to be eligible for Federal subsidies are not eligible and vice versa. Modernizing the CBRS maps using digital technology addresses the inaccuracies of the outdated maps; corrects errors that adversely affect private property owners; increases efficiencies and accessibility by allowing the integration of CBRS information into digital planning tools; conserves natural resources; and helps preserve the long-term integrity of the CBRS.

The pilot project creates draft revised maps for 70 CBRS units (representing approximately 10 percent of the entire CBRS) and establishes a framework for modernizing the remainder of the CBRS maps. The different types of proposed boundary changes reflected in the draft pilot project maps include:

  • Alignment with geomorphic features (e.g., shorelines), development features (e.g., edge of a road, property parcel boundaries), and cultural features (e.g., park boundaries);
  • Adjustment to reflect geomorphic change;
  • Adjustment to map channel boundaries consistently;
  • Addition of associated aquatic habitat;
  • Addition of conservation or recreation area to existing Otherwise Protected Areas (OPAs);
  • Addition of new OPAs;
  • Addition of undeveloped fastland (land above mean high tide) not currently within the CBRS;
  • Removal of private land that was inadvertently included within an OPA; and
  • Reclassification from System unit to OPA and vice versa.

In cases where we found no compelling evidence to propose a revised boundary, the existing boundary remains unchanged.

For more information on the pilot project, as well as how to get a copy of the report and draft maps, see our April 7, 2009, notice (74 FR 15743) or visit the Service's Internet site: http://www.fws.gov/​habitatconservation/​coastal_​barrier.html.

Comment Period Extension

We are extending the public comment period on the Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project and draft maps, which we originally opened on April 7, 2009 (74 FR 15743), to allow additional time for public meetings and submission of comments by the public. If you previously submitted comments, you need not resubmit them; we have already incorporated them into the public record and will fully consider them when we finalize the pilot project maps and submit the report to Congress, per the directives of the Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization Act of 2005 (CBRRA of 2005; Pub. L. 109-226).

Public Meetings

We will hold the following public meetings via Web cast and teleconference. The purpose of the meetings is to give the public an overview of the pilot project effort and to offer an opportunity for questions and answers regarding the draft maps contained in the pilot project. See Appendix A for specific units we will discuss for the involved States.

DateTime (eastern time)States
July 14, 200910 a.m.-12 p.m.Delaware and Louisiana.
July 14, 20091-3 p.m.North Carolina and South Carolina.
July 15, 200910 a.m.-12 p.m.North Florida.
July 15, 20091-3 p.m.South Florida.

Meeting Participation Information

These meetings are open to the public. Members of the public planning to participate must register at http://www.fws.gov/​habitatconservation/​coastal_​barrier.html by close of business July 10, 2009. Registrants will be provided with instructions for participation via e-mail. If you require Start Printed Page 31045additional accommodations, please notify the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT at least one week prior to the meeting.

Public Availability of Comments

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Appendix A—Pilot Project Units

Below we list the pilot project units for each State, by unit number, unit name, and county.

NumberNameCounty
Delaware (1 Map)
DE-07Delaware SeashoreSussex.
DE-07PDelaware SeashoreSussex.
H01North Bethany BeachSussex.
North Carolina (9 Maps)
NC-01Pine Island BayCurrituck, Dare.
NC-05PRoosevelt Natural AreaCarteret.
NC-06Hammocks BeachOnslow.
NC-06PHammocks BeachOnslow, Carteret.
L05Onslow Beach ComplexOnslow.
L06TopsailOnslow.
L07Lea Island ComplexPender, New Hanover.
L08Wrightsville BeachNew Hanover.
L09Masonboro IslandNew Hanover.
South Carolina (1 Map)
M02Litchfield BeachGeorgetown.
M03Pawleys InletGeorgetown.
Florida (27 Maps)
FL-01Fort ClinchNassau.
FL-01PFort ClinchNassau.
P04AUsinas BeachSt. Johns.
P05Conch IslandSt. Johns.
P05PConch IslandSt. Johns.
P08Ponce InletVolusia.
P08PPonce InletVolusia.
FL-13PSpessard Holland ParkBrevard.
P09ACoconut PointBrevard.
P09APCoconut PointBrevard.
FL-73PDe SotoManatee.
FL-78Rattlesnake KeyManatee.
FL-78PRattlesnake KeyManatee.
FL-82Bishop HarborManatee.
FL-80PPassage KeyManatee.
FL-81Egmont KeyHillsborough.
FL-81PEgmont KeyHillsborough.
FL-83Cockroach BayHillsborough.
FL-85PSand KeyPinellas.
P26Pepperfish KeysDixie.
FL-89Peninsula PointFranklin.
FL-93Phillips InletBay.
FL-93PPhillips InletBay.
FL-94Deer Lake ComplexWalton.
South Florida
P10ABlue HoleIndian River, St. Lucie.
FL-14PPepper BeachSt. Lucie.
P11Hutchinson IslandSt. Lucie.
P11PHutchinson IslandSt. Lucie.
FL-15Blowing RocksMartin, Palm Beach.
FL-16PJupiter BeachPalm Beach.
FL-17PCarlinPalm Beach.
FL-18PMacArthur BeachPalm Beach.
FL-19Birch ParkBroward.
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FL-19PBirch ParkBroward.
FL-20PLloyd BeachBroward.
P14ANorth BeachBroward.
FL-39Tavernier KeyMonroe.
FL-40Snake CreekMonroe.
FL-43Channel KeyMonroe.
FL-44Toms Harbor KeysMonroe.
FL-45Deer/Long Point KeysMonroe.
FL-46Boot KeyMonroe.
FL-64PClam PassCollier.
P17ABowditch PointLee.
FL-67Bunche BeachLee.
FL-67PBunche BeachLee.
P21Bocilla IslandCharlotte.
P21PBocilla IslandCharlotte.
P22Casey KeySarasota.
FL-72PLido KeySarasota.
Louisiana (13 Maps)
LA-01Isle Au PitreSt. Bernard.
LA-02Grand IslandSt. Bernard.
S04Timbalier BayLafourche.
S05Timbalier IslandsTerrebonne, Lafourche.
S06Isle DernieresTerrebonne.
S07Point au FerTerrebonne, St. Mary.
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Dated: June 18, 2009.

Marvin E. Moriarty,

Acting Director, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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[FR Doc. E9-15309 Filed 6-26-09; 8:45 am]

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