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New Internet Mapping Highlights Recreational Opportunities in the Delaware River Basin

(03/74) TRENTON –- The Department of Environmental Protec tion (DEP) and the Delaware River Basin Commission announced today a new internet mapping program, which showcases recreational opportunities along the Delaware River. i-Map DelBasin provides easy to use, simultaneous access of geographic information system (GIS) data from the four states bordering the Delaware River - New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

"New Jersey offers all kinds of recreational opportunities including hiking trails, camping grounds and fishing waters," said DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell. "This technology provides hikers, bikers, birders and boaters with the tools to make the best of their precious free time outdoors," he added.

This user-friendly application identifies state and federal fish advisories, gaging stations where recreational boaters can safely pump out marine heads, as well as state and federal park locations. Dissimilar reference maps from the four states are customized into one standardized map with a uniform scale that provides access for driving directions.

"This application is a benchmark for us," said Karl Heinicke, DRBC GIS manager. "In the future, the public will start seeing more and more of the DRBC's information served up on the internet in easy-to-use applications like i-Map."

So, if you are looking for a place to launch your boat or a place to kayak or canoe or you are interested in how much water is flowing in a river or stream, i-Map DelBasin is the tool to use.

Experts from New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Regions 2 and 3, the U.S. Geological Survey, and Lehigh University worked closely with DRBC staff to build the application.

Coordination for the project was provided by the Commission's Information Management Advisory Committee (IMAC) which is chaired by the DEP Office of Information Resources Management, Bureau if Geographic Information Systems. The DEP managed the project and provided the template for the application. Cybertech Inc. performed contract work.

The DRBC provided $40,000 in funding for the project. DELEP and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania provided $5,000 each.

i-Map DelBasin can be found on the DEP web site (, on the DRBC web site ( or on the Delaware Estuary Program (DELEP) web site ( Specialized GIS software is not needed to run the application. i-Map DelBasin works best with Internet Explorer, version 5.0 and above and uses ESRI ArcIMS technology.




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