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Environmental data boost for GIS application

After two years of work, representatives from the U.S. township Asbury Park’s Environmental Commission and the Jacques Cousteau Education Center in Tuckerton presented the Township Committee with data for its GIS. The data consists of maps and other information that can be used to rank properties so the town can determine what should be preserved. This has been provided to the Township with no cost to the taxpayers. The township got involved in the effort in 2003 through a program run by the Jacques Cousteau Education Center, which offered towns $500 to try GIS. With GIS, a town could map its sensitive environmental areas and include information such as which species live there.