Geographical information systems
MRRI's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists are responsible for the creation, maintenance and dissemination of spatial information pertaining to the Meadowlands District and the region. MRRI's GIS specialists use state-of-the-art technology to create, maintain and update comprehensive, web-based digital maps and mapping tools for every property in each Meadowlands District municipality. Our goal is to help the NJSEA communicate geographically with District towns, planners, emergency officials, DPW, construction departments and engineers, and support the research activities of MRRI.
An important component of our mission is to support our District municipalities by providing access to GIS data and tools. The maps provide emergency officials within District municipalities instant access critical information, including data on hazardous materials stored in warehouse facilities, fire hydrant locations, incident reports, floor plans, turn-around space for heavy firefighting equipment, and current and historical aerial imagery. This potentially life-saving information can easily be accessed from field computers, tablets and smart phones.
The municipal maps are also a useful, time-saving tool for town officials who use property data to manage municipal assets and plan for infrastructure and other improvements. Data stored on each facility or residential property include owner, block and lot, easements, address, zoning and land use, acreage, and building footprint. Building code and tax officials can produce property boundaries utilizing a buffer tool, which can save time in notifying residents of variance requests or other proposed changes to surrounding properties.
Emergency responders and municipal officials are kept informed of new capabilities and upgrades to the program through continuing comprehensive training sessions, technical support and refresher seminars.
Water level alert system and flood maps
The GIS group provides water level alert system and flood maps to first responders and the public. The email and text-based alerts for Meadowlands District towns are sent when water levels reach 5.5 feet and continue to be relayed as the levels rise. The interactive, web-based flood prediction maps include the parts of Meadowlands District municipalities that may flood from sea surge levels of 4 to 8 feet.