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The Riley County Community GIS Website has been made possible through a collaborative effort involving Riley County, the City of Manhattan, Community Online Resource Exchange (CORE) and Project Impact. Both Riley County and the City of Manhattan have invested significant dollars developing and maintaining GIS data. In the past this data has been relatively difficult to access without visiting the City or County GIS departments in person. The purpose of this website is to improve the accessibility of this information by making it available on the Internet. The ability to achieve this goal was made possible through financial assistance from Project Impact and CORE.

GIS technology makes use of several integrated layers of data for a given geographic area in order to gain useful knowledge of that area. Information such as streets and addresses; utility infrastructure, zoning districts, parks and trails, ecosystems, etc. are used to map and track information of a given geographic area. GIS mapping is unlimited in its usefulness for municipal planners, utilities, conservationists, developers, businesses and first-responders and it has broad application in both the public and private domain

The Riley County Community GIS Website utilizes 36 data sets that are maintained by both Riley County GIS and the City of Manhattan GIS. Examples of the data sets you will find in this application include County and City boundaries, ownership parcels, street centerlines, zoning districts, parks and trails; water & sanitary sewer networks, political jurisdictions, and aerial photographic images. As is the nature of any GIS, this website can be used in a wide spectrum of applications.

Viewing the website:

Printing Maps: It will be necessary for you to turn off your browser's pop-up blocker in order to use the map printing function of this web site.

Screen Resolution: The website is best viewed at a screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher. The site can be viewed at 800x600 but user may experience some truncation of the site. It is not recommended that you view the site at 640x480 resolution.

Web Browser: The website is best viewed using Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher. Netscape, Opera or Mozilla users may experience some formatting problems.

Bandwidth Utilization: This website is a bandwidth intensive site and users may experience extremely slow load times when connected to the Internet at speeds less than 56k. The website reacts to input from the user and redraws the map each time the map or page is refreshed.

GIS Data Downloads: All the data viewed on this website is available at the Riley County FTP site. Contact the Riley County GIS Department for URL, password information, and download procedures.
Riley County IT/GIS Department