Morris County Pubic Resources Interactive Mapping Application

What is GIS?

According to, a geographic information system (GIS) lets us visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data in ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.  It integrates hardware, software, and geologically-referenced data to help us answer questions and solve problems by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

GIS Maps in the Mountain Lakes ERI

To help visualize the location and geographic extent of the various natural resources, Borough land use, and geographic features discussed throughout this ERI, the Borough entered into an agreement with the Morris County Planning Department to host the Borough’s geographic information system (GIS).  By mapping all these features in a GIS format in lieu of “hard copy”, we can create a “real time” snapshot, and by periodically updating the GIS layers and the coordinating ERI text, this report will become a living document.

What is MCPRIMA?

The Morris County Planning Department has created an interactive database for use by the public known as the Morris County Public Resources Interactive Mapping Application (MCPRIMA). This site hosts Mountain Lakes GIS information and can be reached by clicking on links throughout the ERI. Within the report, the user will have the ability to turn on or off the following data layers:

  • Topography
  • Lake Bathometry
  • Steep Slopes
  • Soil Type
  • Lakes and Streams
  • Groundwater Recharge
  • Depth to Bedrock
  • Wetlands
  • Depth to Water
  • Prime Aquifer Map
  • Groundwater Recharge
  • HUC-14 Sub Watersheds
  • Wellhead Protection Areas
  • Tax Parcels
  • Zoning
  • Municipal Properties
  • Preserved Land
  • Historic Sites
  • Transportation Facilities
  • Hiking Trails
  • NJDEP Known Contaminated Sites

How To Use MCPRIMA Site

By pressing the hyperlinks throughout this ERI, the user will be seamlessly transferred to the MCPRIMA where they will be able to select from the above maps and create a customized image that can be exported or printed. Maps can be overlapped one upon another to give the user a rich viewpoint.  For example, the user would have the ability to overlay the contaminated sites map on top of the aquifer map, or the soil types on top of wetlands.

Detailed directions about how to use the mapping functions can be found on the MCPRIMA site under the help function.  Alternatively, a brief tutorial is provided below:


GIS Map Caveat

The MCPRIMA utilizes computer generated data layers.  As such, the maps/reports created can be used for visual representations only.  The maps are not dependable at the site level, so they cannot be used in support of any land use/zoning application or evaluation submitted to the Borough.  Any land use interpretation made from the MCPRIMA must be confirmed by the source map information that can be obtained from the Borough municipal office.