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Administrative and Political Boundaries

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Federal Congressional Districts (2013-2015)Rhode Island Congressional Districts for the 113th Congress (January 2013 to 2015). Refined from U.S. Census Bureau MAF/TIGER database source data.
congressDist13.zip (2 MB) SHP
MunicipalitiesRI state and municipal boundaries with city and town attribute codes and annotation.
s44btp88.zip (0.7 MB) E00;
towns.zip (0.6 MB) SHP
Quad NeatlinesUSGS 1:24000 quadrangle map neatline boundaries for RI and bordering states.
s44bnl75.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
neatline.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Rhode Island House Districts2012 Rhode Island State General Assembly House Districts, refined from U.S. Census Bureau MAF/TIGER database source data.
houseDist13r2.zip (2 MB) SHP
Rhode Island Senate Districts2012 Rhode Island State General Assembly Senate Districts, refined from U.S. Census Bureau MAF/TIGER database source data.
senateDist13r2.zip (2 MB) SHP
Shoreline and IslandsRhode Island coastal shoreline and Narragansett Bay with island features coded for easier graphic display.
s44bby89.zip (0.6 MB) E00;
ribay.zip (0.6 MB) SHP
State BoundaryRhode Island state line boundary including coastline.
s44bri89.zip (0.6 MB) E00;
statline.zip (0.5 MB) SHP
State, Coastline, Town BoundariesStateline, Coastline, and Town lines for Rhode Island digitized from 1997 orthophotography.
ritown5k_e00.zip (1.4 MB) E00;
ritown5k_shp.zip (1.3 MB) SHP
Town LinesCity and town political boundaries for RI.
s44btl88.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
townlins.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
ZIP Code Tabulation Areas5-Digit ZIP Code Tabulation Areas, refined from U.S. Census Bureau 2012 MAF/TIGER database source data.
ZCTA13.zip (3 MB) SHP

Biology and Ecology

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Bird SpeciesWild bird species nesting and breeding in RI with their probable areas of distribution.
s44nbs96.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
birds.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Degraded Coastal Wetlands of Narragansett BayInternally degraded coastal wetland sites in Narragansett Bay delineated from 1996 true color aerial photography.
nbdegrade_e00.zip (0.7 MB) E00;
nbdegrade_shp.zip (0.5 MB) SHP
Eelgrass (Line)Eelgrass beds estuarine and marine wetlands in narragansett bay with feature attribute coding for wetlands and deepwater habitats to USFWS standards for beds less than 40 feet wide.
s44nel99.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
eelline.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Eelgrass (Polygon)Eelgrass beds estuarine and marine wetlands in narragansett bay with feature attribute coding for wetlands and deepwater habitats to USFWS standards for beds greater than 40 feet wide.
s44nep99.zip (1.3 MB) E00;
eelpoly.zip (1.2 MB) SHP
Forest HabitatForest habitat compiled from baseline 2003/04 land-use & land-cover data, and subsequently enhanced by several existing forestry datasets, new shrubland data, and and manual classification.
forestHabitat12.zip (137 MB) SHP
Invasive Plant Species (Forest Health Works Project)Non-native invasive plant species as documented within selected Rhode Island priority forests by the Forest Health Works Project. Download includes multiple datasets including individual species data and supplemental field work data.
FHWP12.zip (2 MB) SHP
Natural Heritage AreasEstimated habitat and range (polygons) of rare species and noteworthy natural communities in Rhode Island.
natHeritage14.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (2006)Submerged aquatic vegetation habitats in Rhode Island Narragansett Bay coastal waters. Habitat classes include eelgrass and a few types of algae. Interpreted from August 2006 orthophotography collected on behalf of the RI Eelgrass Mapping Task Force, also available from RIGIS.
SAV06.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (2009)Eelgrass and widgeon grass habitats in several Rhode Island coastal ponds. Interpreted from July 2009 orthophotography collected on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not currently available from RIGIS.
SAV09.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (2012)Eelgrass and widgeon grass habitats in Rhode Island coastal waters, including coastal ponds and Narragansett Bay. Interpreted from June 2012 orthophotography collected on behalf of the RI Eelgrass Mapping Task Force, also available from RIGIS.
SAV12.zip (0.8 MB) SHP
WetlandsWetlands as interpreted from 1988 aerial photography to one quarter acre polygon resolution by Cowardin 16 classification scheme.
s44wwt93.zip (20 MB) E00;
wetlands93.zip (33 MB) SHP

Business and Economic

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Enterprise ZonesEnterprise zones defined by the RI Enterprise Zone Council, and represented by selected US Census 2010 census tract boundaries.
entZones14.zip (0.4 MB) SHP
Growth CentersLocations of potential new growth centers identified in the "Land Use 2025: Rhode Island State Land Use Policies and Plan" published by the Division of Planning, RI Statewide Planning Program.
growth06.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Industrial AreasLand designated for industrial purposes by municipalities.
s44zin99.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
industry.zip (0.1 MB) SHP

Cultural, Society, and Demography

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Census 1990: Summary File 1 IndicatorsU.S. Census 1990 population and housing information by town, tract, and block group level as derived from U.S. Census STF1a by source data count and calculated percentages.
s44dbg91.zip (0.6 MB) E00;
census1.zip (0.5 MB) SHP
Census 1990: Summary File 3 Indicators (Sample Count & Source Data)U.S. Census 1990 pop, housing, economic, education, ethnic origin, and employment information by town, tract, and block group level as derived from U.S. Census STF3a.
s44dbs92.zip (0.6 MB) E00;
census3.zip (0.5 MB) SHP
Census 1990: Summary File 3 Indicators (Sample Count Calculated Percentages)U.S. Census 1990 pop, housing, economic, education, ethnic origin, and employment information by town, tract, and block group level as derived from U.S. Census STF3a.
s44dbm92.zip (0.5 MB) E00;
census2.zip (0.4 MB) SHP
Census 2000: Basic Population IndicatorsTotal population, total population density, and population age 18 and over recorded at the census block level. Extracted from the U.S. Census Bureau 2000 Redistricting P.L. 94-171 Summary File.
pop2000_e00.zip (5.3 MB) E00
Census 2000: Summary File 1 IndicatorsUS Census 2000 source data for Rhode Island excerpted from Summary File 1 (SF1) of population and housing including age, sex, race, households and housing unit information to the census block level.
censusf105.zip (11 MB) SHP
Census 2000: Summary File 3 IndicatorsUS Census 2000 source data for Rhode Island excerpted from Summary File 3 (SF3) of population and housing including age, sex, race, households and housing unit information to the census block level.
censusf305.zip (6 MB) SHP
Census 2010: Summary File 1 IndicatorsSelected U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Summary File 1 (SF1) indicators for Rhode Island, including age, sex, race, households and housing unit information recorded at the census block level.
censusSF1_2010.zip (22 MB) SHP
Historic Candidate SitesHistoric sites which are candidates for listing on the national Historic Register by the RI Historic Preservation Commission.
s44chc92.zip (0.5 MB) E00;
histcand.zip (0.4MB) SHP
Historic DistrictsHistoric districts listed in the National Historic Register.
s44chd99.zip (0.2 MB) E00;
histdist.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Historic SitesHistoric sites including buildings listed in the National Historic Register.
s44chs99.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
histpnts.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Historical CemeteriesA preliminary, incomplete dataset representing the approximate locations of historical cemeteries registered with the Rhode Island Advisory Commission on Historical Cemeteries.
cemeteries12.zip (0.1 MB) SHP

Elevation and Derived Products

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BathymetryBathymetric depth contours for Narragansett Bay and Block Island sound at twenty foot intervals as depicted on NOAA nautical charts.
s44hby97.zip (1.5 MB) E00;
bathymet.zip (1.6 MB) SHP
BenchmarksGeodetic control stations registered with the National Geodetic Survey in Rhode Island. Last updated November 2013.
bench13.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Contour LinesStatewide contour lines developed at 2-ft, 5-ft, and 10-ft intervals. Derived from a 1-meter resolution DEM originally developed as part of the Spring 2011 Northeast LiDAR Project.
Spring 2011 Northeast LiDAR Project
Digital Elevation ModelStatewide 1-meter resolution DEM, originally developed as part of the Spring 2011 Northeast LiDAR Project. These data are re-projected to the RI State Plane Coordinate System and units converted to feet.
Spring 2011 Northeast LiDAR Project
Geodetic Survey PointsGeodetic survey horizontal and vertical monumented control points from the National Geodetic Reference System and RI control bases including elevation bench marks and point coordinates.
s44bgc95.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
geod95.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Hillshade Raster SurfaceStatewide hillshade derived from a 1-meter resolution DEM originally developed as part of the Spring 2011 Northeast LiDAR Project.
Spring 2011 Northeast LiDAR Project
Hurricane Sandy Storm Surge PointsPoint data representing Rhode Island storm surge heights resulting from Superstorm Sandy in October of 2012.
sandySurge12.zip (0.1 MB)
LiDAR: Statewide Spring 2011Provisional release of statewide LiDAR data and a derivative 1-m resolution bare earth digital elevation model (DEM) for Rhode Island from the LiDAR for the Northeast Project.
Download point cloud (LAS 1.2 format) and DEM (ERDAS IMG format) data.
Statewide Digital Terrain Model (1997)Digital Terrain Model derived from the 1997 National Grid USA/RIDOT Digital Orthophoto Project. Provided in both TIN and ESRI terrain formats.
5KDTM_TIN.zip (248 MB) E00;
5KDTM_terrain.zip (98 MB) FGDB
Statewide Digital Terrain Model- Raw Mass Point and Breakline Data (1997)Source data used to generate the Statewide Digital Terrain Model (1997) currently offered by RIGIS. This space-delimited ASCII text file contains the coordinates and elevation values of the mass points and breakline features used for this DTM.
5KDTM_ASCII.zip (72 MB) TXT

Environment and Conservation

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Barrier Beach Classification ZonesRI CRMC classification zones for barrier beaches along the southern coast of RI from Westerly to Narragansett.
s44nbb94.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
barbeach.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Barrier Islands and SpitsBarrier islands and spits for coastal RI and Narragansett Bay from USGS quads.
s44gbb89.zip (0.2 MB) E00;
barislands.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
CERCLISPoint locations of hazardous material sites designated by the U.S. EPA and RIDEM.
s44xcc97.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
cerclis.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Conservation Lands: Municipal and NGONon-State conservation lands are real property permanently protected from future development by recognized land protection organizations other than the State of Rhode Island.
LocCons11.zip (3.0 MB) SHP
Conservation Lands: State of Rhode IslandApproximate edges of Conservation Lands protected by the State of Rhode Island through Fee Title Ownership, Conservation Easement, or Deed Restriction.
StaCons11.zip (1.1 MB) SHP
Degraded Coastal Wetlands of Narragansett BayInternally degraded coastal wetland sites in Narragansett Bay delineated from 1996 true color aerial photography.
nbdegrade_e00.zip (0.7 MB) E00;
nbdegrade_shp.zip (0.5 MB) SHP
Environmental InventoryEnvironmental Inventory. A "windshield" survey of land use dating back to 1961; periodically updated with aerial photography.
s44lei75.zip (2.5 MB) E00
GIRASUSGS Geographic Inventory of land use Anderson level 2 coding.
s44lgl74.zip (0.7 MB) E00
Greenways CorridorsNatural resources corridor areas proposed for future protection in RI's Greenways plan.
s44ogc95.zip (0.5 MB) E00;
greenway.zip (0.4 MB) SHP
Impervious SurfacesStatewide datasets representing impervious surfaces in Rhode Island in both 2003-2004 and 2011.
Download Data Here
Lakes, Ponds, and Reservoirs: RI Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report 2012Vector polygon data representing Rhode Island Lakes, Ponds and Reservoirs included in the State's Integrated Water Quality and Assessment Report required under provisions of the US Clean Water Act.
lakes_IWQMA12.zip (2 MB) SHP
Land Cover - 1962Set of 37 scanned, georeferenced historical maps of land cover for the State of Rhode Island derived from 1962 aerial photographs.
Download Data Here
Land Use - 1988Land use / land cover from 1988 aerial photography coded to Anderson modified level 3 with one half acre minimum polygon resolution.
s44llu93.zip (19 MB) E00
Land Use - 19951995 Land use / land cover updated using 1988 land use as a base. Coded to Anderson modified level 3 with 0.5 acre minimum polygon resolution. Also distributed on USGS Quad and Town basis (to be updated April 2005).
rilu95c_e00.zip (38 MB) E00;
rilu95c_shp.zip (43 MB) SHP
Land Use - 2003/2004Land use / land cover from 2003 & 2004 orthophotography. The minimum mapping unit for this dataset is 0.5 acre. The land use classification scheme used for these data was based on the Anderson Level III modified coding schema used in previous land use datasets in Rhode Island (1988 & 1995) with some modifications for the 2003 classification.
Download Data Here
Land Use - 2011Land use / land cover from spring 2011 orthophotography. The minimum mapping unit for this dataset is 0.5 acre. The land use classification scheme used for these data is based on the same Anderson Level III modified coding schema used in 2003-04 land use dataset.
rilu11.zip (84 MB) SHP
Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUSTs)Storage tanks and associated piping used for petroleum and certain hazardous substances that have experienced leaks as determined by RIDEM.
LUSTs12.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Narragansett Bay Estuarine and Marine Wetlands Trends AnalysisA trend analysis of estuarine and marine wetlands in Narragansett Bay and their 500-foot upland buffer delineated from 1990s era true color aerial photography and 1950s era black and white aerial photography.
nbay_trend.zip (0.3 MB) SHP
Narragansett Bay Estuarine HabitatEelgrass beds, estuarine and marine wetlands in Narragansett Bay delineated from 1996 true color aerial photography.
nbaywet_e00.zip (0.2 MB) E00;
nbaywet_shp.zip (2.7 MB) SHP
Potential Wetland Impacts in Narragansett BayInternally degraded coastal wetland sites in Narragansett Bay delineated from 1996 true color aerial photography.
nbimpact_e00.zip (0.2 MB) E00;
nbimpact_shp.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
RI CRMC - Coastal Water Use TypeVector polygon representations of all RI Water Subject to CRMC Regulation as described in the Publication "The State of Rhode Island, Coastal Resources Management Program, As Amended" (aka, The Redbook).
crmcwt08.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
RIPDES Sanitary Waste SitesRhode Island point discharge elimination system point locations for all sanitary waste sites where permits have been issued by RIDEM.
s44xsp99.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
ripdes.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Rivers and Streams: RI Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report 2012Vector line data representing Rhode Island rivers and streams included in the State's Integrated Water Quality and Assessment Report required under provisions of the US Clean Water Act.
rivers_IWQMA12.zip (2 MB) SHP
Scenic AreasAreas in RI designated by the RIDEM as noteworthy or distinctive landscapes or views.
s44nsv89.zip (0.3 MB) E00;
scenic.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Shellfish Harvest Restrictions 2013Shellfishing prohibition areas, seasonal, and conditional shellfish closure areas in RI marine and estuarine waters.
shellfish13.zip (1.6 MB) SHP
South Coast Estuarine HabitatEelgrass beds, estuarine and marine wetlands for Rhode Island’s southern coastal areas delineated as polygon features from 1999 true color aerial photography.
cstlwet_e00.zip (3.7 MB) E00;
cstlwet_shp.zip (5.2 MB) SHP

Facilities and Structures

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AirportsAirports for fixed-wing aircraft in RI delineated from 1997 aerial photography.
airports13.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
BreakwatersManmade protective breakwaters and barriers for coastal areas as shown on USGS quad maps.
s44tbw90.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
brkwater.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Colleges and UniversitiesThe Colleges and Universities dataset is composed of Post Secondary Education including colleges, universities, technical schools,, satellite (branch) campuses, that grant , Associate, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degrees.
college07.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Correctional InstitutionsLocations of, and general contact information for, jails and prisons in Rhode Island. This includes Federal and State prisons, local jails, and juvenile detention facilities, as well as law enforcement temporary holding facilities.
corrections09.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
DamsLocation and selected characteristics of dams and related structures on rivers or streams within the state, circa calendar year 2012.
dams12.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Emergency Medical Service StationsGeneral information, including locations and contact information, for emergency medical service stations and companies in Rhode Island for general emergency service, fire response, public safety and facilities inventory, general mapping, and GIS applications.
EMS08.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Fire StationsLocations and contact information for fire stations that serve Rhode Island communities.
fireStns14b.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Hardened Shorelines in Narragansett BayHardened shorelines(pier, jetty, etc) in Narragansett Bay.
nbhardshore_e00.zip (0.3 MB) E00;
hardshore_shp.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
HospitalsLocations and general contact information for hospitals in Rhode Island.
hospitals13.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Law Enforcement LocationsGeneral contact information for and locations of where sworn officers of a law enforcement agency are regularly based or stationed.
police09.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
LibrariesLocations and general information for academic, private and public libraries in Rhode Island that are certified by the RI Office of Library and Information Services.
libraries14.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
MarinasYacht clubs, marinas and recreational boating facilities in salt water bay and coastal waters.
s44fsm96.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
swmarina.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Ports and Commercial HarborsA detailed inventory of uses and infrastructure of Rhode Island's ports and commercial harbors circa 2008. Intended to inform waterborne-freight, marine transportation and land use planning decision-making processes.
PortsHarbors.zip (0.8 MB) SHP
SchoolsLocation and contact information for public and private schools from the preschool through the university level in Rhode Island.
schools08.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Sites - E-911Point features and addresses for buildings and other significant infrastructure features. Rhode Island E-911 road/street name and address ranges as of July 2014. Used in conjunction with the E-911 roads dataset, these data are the best available from RIGIS for address location functions.
e911Sites14r2.zip (29 MB) SHP
State FacilitiesMajor State of Rhode Island government buildings and municipal police stations.
statefacs_e00.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
statefacs_shp.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Town and City HallsLocations and basic contact information for city and town halls in Rhode Island. Includes a classification of municipal governance types, and years of establishment and incorporation.
townhalls13.zip (0.1 MB) SHP

Geological and Geophysical

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Barrier Islands and SpitsBarrier islands and spits for coastal RI and Narragansett Bay from USGS quads.
s44gbb89.zip (0.2 MB) E00;
barislands.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Bedrock GeologyBedrock geology from 1994 as determined by the Department of Geological Sciences and the Office of the State Geologist at URI.
s44gbr95_e00.zip (0.9 MB) E00;
bedrock_shp.zip (0.9 MB) SHP
Glacial DepositsGlacial deposits of RI from 1965 USGS classification and mapping.
s44ggl88.zip (3.3 MB) E00;
glacial.zip (4.1 MB) SHP
Soil Erosion IndicesSoil erosion indices, indicating how susceptible a given soil type is to water erosion. 5-m spatial resolution. The single download file contains two datasets in ERDAS IMG format: one representing the soil erosion index for soil located 0-6" below ground surface, and the other for 24-30".
soilErosion13.zip (164 MB) IMG
Soils2014 Rhode Island Soil Survey Program soils delineated with name, type and feature attributes.
soils14.zip (41 MB) SHP
Soils: Special Line FeaturesLocations of line features too small to delineate at the mapping scale used by the RI Soil Survey Program, but large enough and contrasting enough to significantly influence use and management.
soilLines14.zip (0.4 MB) SHP
Soils: Special Point FeaturesLocation of point features too small to delineate at the mapping scale used by the RI Soil Survey Program, but large enough and contrasting enough to significantly influence use and management.
soilPoints14.zip (0.5 MB) SHP

Human Health and Disease

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Fire StationsLocations and contact information for fire stations that serve Rhode Island communities.
fireStns14b.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Law Enforcement LocationsGeneral contact information for and locations of where sworn officers of a law enforcement agency are regularly based or stationed.
police09.zip (0.1 MB) SHP

Imagery and Base Maps

Digital Orthophotography

     name    description type metadata download
1997 RIDOT 1:5,000 Digital Orthophotography Digital statewide aerial photography from April 1997 with a 2 foot pixel resolution. These data are available for download in both MrSID and GeoTIFF formats.
2002 USGS True Color Orthophotography Digital aerial photography from April 2002 of northeastern Rhode Island. These data are available for download in MrSID format.
2003 USDA-FSA National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) 1:12,000 digital true color orthophotography Digital statewide aerial photography from Summer 2003 with a 1 meter pixel resolution, excluding Block Island. These data are available for download in both MrSID and GeoTIFF formats.
2003-2004 RIDOT 1:5,000 Digital True Color Orthophotography Digital statewide aerial orthophotography from Spring 2003 and 2004 with a 2 foot pixel resolution.

These data are available for download in both MrSID and GeoTIFF formats.

2006 NBNERR, Save The Bay, and URI 1:12,000 Digital True Color Orthophotography Digital aerial orthophotography of Narragansett Bay and Block Island. Flown August 2006, these feature a 1.5 ft (~0.5 m) pixel resolution. These data are available for download in both MrSID and GeoTIFF formats.
2011 RIDEM Digital True Color Orthophotography Digital statewide orthophotography. Flown Spring 2011, 4-band multispectral, 6 in pixel resolution. These data are available for download in both JPEG2000 and GeoTIFF formats.
2012 Rhode Island Eelgrass Mapping Task Force Orthophotography Digital orthophotography of Narragansett Bay, coastal waters, and some inland areas. Flown June 2012, 4-band multispectral, 0.5 m pixel resolution. These data are available for download in both JPEG2000 and GeoTIFF formats.

Georeferenced Aerial Photography

     name    description type metadata download
2008 Digital Aerial Photography (Pictometric Licensed Images) Pictometry International collected statewide aerial photographs of Rhode Island in Spring 2008. These data are licensed by Pictometry for use by the Rhode Island Enhanced 911 Uniform Emergency Telephone System (RI E911) and RI E911 sublicensees. These data are not distributed by RIGIS. However they are available for viewing via an online map service.

Non-georeferenced Aerial Photography

     name    description type metadata download
1939 Digital Aerial Photography Black and white images in MrSid format scanned from contact prints. Images are non-orthocorrected, non-georegistered. Please note: specialized software is required to view these images. Clickable image maps:
Northern RI
Southern RI
Eastern RI
1951-1952 Digital Aerial Photography Black and white images in MrSid format scanned from contact prints. Images are non-orthocorrected, non-georegistered. Please note: specialized software is required to view these images. Clickable image maps:
Northern RI
Southern RI
1962 Digital Aerial Photography Black and white images in MrSid format scanned from contact prints. Images are non-orthocorrected, non-georegistered. Please note: specialized software is required to view these images.

Clickable image maps:
Northern RI
Southern RI

1972 Digital Aerial Photography Black and white images in MrSid format scanned from contact prints. Images are non-orthocorrected, non-georegistered. Please note: specialized software is required to view these images.

Clickable image maps:
Northern RI
Southern RI
Eastern RI
Western RI

1976 Digital Aerial Photography Scanned historical images of statewide aerial photography from 1976 in a MrSid compressed format. Images are non-orthocorrected, non-georegistered. Please note: specialized software is required to view these images.

Clickable image map: RI

1981 Digital Aerial Photography Black and white images in MrSid format scanned from contact prints. Images are non-orthocorrected, non-georegistered. Please note: specialized software is required to view these images.

Clickable image map: RI

1988 Digital Aerial Photography Black and white images in MrSid format scanned from contact prints. Images are non-orthocorrected, non-georegistered. Please note: specialized software is required to view these images.

Clickable image map: RI

1992 Digital Aerial Photography Black and white images in MrSid format scanned from contact prints. Images are non-orthocorrected, non-georegistered. Please note: specialized software is required to view these images.

Clickable image maps:
Northern RI
Southern RI
Eastern RI
Central RI

2008 RIDEM Digital Aerial Photography Black and white images in JPEG2000 format scanned from contact prints. Images are non-orthocorrected, non-georegistered. Please note: specialized software is required to view these images. Download Data

Georeferenced Map Images

     name    description type metadata download
1962 Georeferenced Historical Land-Cover Maps TIFF images of scanned, georeferenced historical maps of land-cover for the State of Rhode Island derived from 1962 aerial photographs. These data are available for download in GeoTIFF format.
NOAA Raster Navigational Charts TIFF Image Files of NOAA Raster Navigational Charts for Narragansett Bay and Coastal Rhode Island. These data are available for download in GeoTIFF format.
thumbnail - click for larger image USGS 7.5 Minute Topo Maps TIFF images of scanned 7.5 minute USGS topo quadrangles including all collar information These data are available for download in GeoTIFF format.
thumbnail - click for larger image USGS 7.5 Minute Topo Maps (Collarless) TIFF images of scanned 7.5 minute USGS topo quadrangle. Clipped to quad neatline and contain no collar information. These data are available for download in GeoTIFF format.

Inland Water Resources

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Fishing and Boating AccessPublic fishing or boating access areas owned or maintained by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Includes boat ramps, small craft launch areas, and shore fishing access areas on Rhode Island fresh and salt water bodies.
fishBoatAcc12.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Groundwater Quality StandardGroundwater quality standard for major aquifers, public well head areas and other subsurface resources. (Aquifers include those polygon areas shown in Groundwater Recharge Areas, Community Wellhead Protection Areas, and Non-community Wellhead Protection Areas.)
gwqstd12.zip (2.2 MB) SHP
Groundwater Recharge AreasCritical portions of recharge areas for major RI groundwater aquifers suitable as sources for untreated drinking water (Also included in Groundwater Quality Standard).
gwrchrg10.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Groundwater ReservoirsMajor groundwater reservoirs for aquifers classified as GAA or GB by RIDEM.
gwresv10.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
HydrolinesCenterlines for all fresh water rivers and streams including some seasonal streams in RI.
s44hhl98.zip (1.1 MB) E00;
streams.zip (1.0 MB) SHP
Hydrolines (perennial & intermittent)Centerlines of perennial and intermittent streams with widths less than 20 feet from 1988 photography used in developing the RIGIS wetlands data set.
s44hst90.zip (1.1 MB) E00
Lakes and PondsAll freshwater lakes, ponds and reservoirs including delineation of major rivers wide enough to be represented as polygon areas on USGS 7.5 minute quad maps.
s44hhp88.zip (2.1 MB) E00;
ponds.zip (1.4 MB) SHP
Lakes and Ponds (1:5000)Major lakes and ponds with some name attributes; based on 1:5000 orthophotography from 1997.
lakes5k10.zip (2.8 MB) SHP
Lakes, Ponds, and Reservoirs: RI Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report 2012Vector polygon data representing Rhode Island Lakes, Ponds and Reservoirs included in the State's Integrated Water Quality and Assessment Report required under provisions of the US Clean Water Act.
lakes_IWQMA12.zip (2 MB) SHP
Public Water Supply ReservoirsSurface reservoirs used as sources for public drinking water supplies.
s44hpr94.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
reservoirs.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Rivers and Streams: RI Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report 2012Vector line data representing Rhode Island rivers and streams included in the State's Integrated Water Quality and Assessment Report required under provisions of the US Clean Water Act.
rivers_IWQMA12.zip (2 MB) SHP
Sole Source AquifersAreas in RI and nearby CT designated as sole source aquifers by the U.S. EPA.
solesrc11.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Streams (1:5000)Rivers and streams in Rhode Island derived from the 1997 National Grid_USA/RIDOT Orthophoto Project. Updated to include Strahler stream ordering encoded by RIDEM.
streams5k.zip (7 MB) SHP
Surface Water Protection AreasDesignated protection areas around surface water bodies used as public drinking water sources.
swatpa_e00.zip (0.2 MB) E00;
swatpa_shp.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Watershed Boundary DatasetHydrologic unit boundary data for the Subwatershed (12-digit) 6th level for Rhode Island from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. These data have been modified to include watershed names used locally in Rhode Island.
HUC12_RI_09.zip (1.3 MB) SHP
Wellhead Protection Areas: CommunityAreas around public community wells considered critical for the protection of their source water supplies (Polygon areas shown in Groundwater Quality Standard).
cwhpa12.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Wellhead Protection Areas: Non-CommunityAreas around public non-community wells considered critical for the protection of their source water supplies (Polygon areas shown in Groundwater Resevoirs).
ncwhpa12.zip (0.4 MB) SHP

Locations and Geodetic Networks

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BenchmarksGeodetic control stations registered with the National Geodetic Survey in Rhode Island. Last updated November 2013.
bench13.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Geodetic Survey PointsGeodetic survey horizontal and vertical monumented control points from the National Geodetic Reference System and RI control bases including elevation bench marks and point coordinates.
s44bgc95.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
geod95.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Geographic NamesExtract of geographic names for Rhode Island as published by the USGS Geographic Names Information System.
GNIS11.zip (0.6 MB) SHP
VillagesRI village and town center locations with place name attributes.
s44bvl96.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
villages.zip (0.1 MB) SHP

Oceans and Estuaries

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NarrBay.orgNarrBay.org is the one-stop portal for researchers interested in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. NarrBay is home to specialized coastal and marine datasets which can be downloaded in a variety of formats.
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Coastal Waters (1983)Formerly titled Coastline (1983). Coastal Waters and coastline for RI and nearby CT and MA including Narragansett Bay. Although this dataset was created in 1993, the source data used to create this date date from 1983 and earlier.
coastline.zip (0.3 MB) SHP
Coastal Waters (2014)Coastal Waters and coastline of Rhode Island and neighboring CT, MA, and NY. Primarily useful creating cartographic effects, e.g. masking out offshore areas.
cstlWaters14.zip (1.9 MB) SHP
Fishing and Boating AccessPublic fishing or boating access areas owned or maintained by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Includes boat ramps, small craft launch areas, and shore fishing access areas on Rhode Island fresh and salt water bodies.
fishBoatAcc12.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Marine and Estuarine Waters: RI Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report 2012Vector polygon data representing Rhode Island Marine and Estuarine Waters included in the State's Integrated Water Quality and Assessment Report required under provisions of the US Clean Water Act.
estuaries_IWQMA12.zip (2 MB) SHP
Narragansett Bay Estuarine and Marine Wetlands Trends AnalysisA trend analysis of estuarine and marine wetlands in Narragansett Bay and their 500-foot upland buffer delineated from 1990s era true color aerial photography and 1950s era black and white aerial photography.
nbay_trend.zip (0.3 MB) SHP
Narragansett Bay Estuarine HabitatEelgrass beds, estuarine and marine wetlands in Narragansett Bay delineated from 1996 true color aerial photography.
nbaywet_e00.zip (0.2 MB) E00;
nbaywet_shp.zip (2.7 MB) SHP
RI CRMC - Coastal Water Use TypeVector polygon representations of all RI Water Subject to CRMC Regulation as described in the Publication "The State of Rhode Island, Coastal Resources Management Program, As Amended" (aka, The Redbook).
crmcwt08.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
South Coast Estuarine HabitatEelgrass beds, estuarine and marine wetlands for Rhode Island’s southern coastal areas delineated as polygon features from 1999 true color aerial photography.
cstlwet_e00.zip (3.7 MB) E00;
cstlwet_shp.zip (5.2 MB) SHP
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (2006)Submerged aquatic vegetation habitats in Rhode Island Narragansett Bay coastal waters. Habitat classes include eelgrass and a few types of algae. Interpreted from August 2006 orthophotography collected on behalf of the RI Eelgrass Mapping Task Force, also available from RIGIS.
SAV06.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (2009)Eelgrass and widgeon grass habitats in several Rhode Island coastal ponds. Interpreted from July 2009 orthophotography collected on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, not currently available from RIGIS.
SAV09.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (2012)Eelgrass and widgeon grass habitats in Rhode Island coastal waters, including coastal ponds and Narragansett Bay. Interpreted from June 2012 orthophotography collected on behalf of the RI Eelgrass Mapping Task Force, also available from RIGIS.
SAV12.zip (0.8 MB) SHP

Planning and Cadastral

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Barrier Beach Classification ZonesRI CRMC classification zones for barrier beaches along the southern coast of RI from Westerly to Narragansett.
s44nbb94.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
barbeach.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Conservation Lands: Municipal and NGONon-State conservation lands are real property permanently protected from future development by recognized land protection organizations other than the State of Rhode Island.
LocCons11.zip (3.0 MB) SHP
Conservation Lands: State of Rhode IslandApproximate edges of Conservation Lands protected by the State of Rhode Island through Fee Title Ownership, Conservation Easement, or Deed Restriction.
StaCons11.zip (1.1 MB) SHP
Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) Database: Bristol CountyDigital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) database for Bristol County issued by the Federal Emergency Management Association in November 2006. The download file provided by RIGIS consists of shapefiles, tables, and documentation that constitute the database.
DFIRM_Bristol06.zip (15 MB) SHP
Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) Database: Kent CountyDigital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) database for Kent County issued by the Federal Emergency Management Association. DFIRM effective date: September 18 2013. The download file provided by RIGIS consists of shapefiles, tables, and documentation that constitute the database.
DFIRM_Kent13.zip (12 MB) SHP
Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) Database: Newport CountyDigital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) database for Newport County issued by the Federal Emergency Management Association. DFIRM effective date: September 4 2013. The download file provided by RIGIS consists of shapefiles, tables, and documentation that constitute the database.
DFIRM_Newport13.zip (14 MB) SHP
Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) Database: Providence CountyDigital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) database for Providence County issued by the Federal Emergency Management Association. DFIRM effective date: September 18 2013. The download file provided by RIGIS consists of shapefiles, tables, and documentation that constitute the database.
DFIRM_Prov13.zip (21 MB) SHP
Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) Database: Washington CountyDigital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) database for Washington County issued by the Federal Emergency Management Association. DFIRM effective date is October 16 2013. The download file provided by RIGIS consists of shapefiles, tables, and documentation that constitute the database.
DFIRM_Wash13.zip (25 MB) SHP
Enterprise ZonesEnterprise zones defined by the RI Enterprise Zone Council, and represented by selected US Census 2010 census tract boundaries.
entZones14.zip (0.4 MB) SHP
Environmental InventoryEnvironmental Inventory. A "windshield" survey of land use dating back to 1961; periodically updated with aerial photography.
s44lei75.zip (2.5 MB) E00
Flood Hazard AreasFlood hazard areas compiled from county-based DFIRMs released by FEMA. Current dataset reflects DFIRMs effective in October 2013 (Washington County), September 2013 (Kent, Newport, Providence), and November 2006 (Bristol).
floodhaz13.zip (20 MB) SHP
GIRASUSGS Geographic Inventory of land use Anderson level 2 coding.
s44lgl74.zip (0.7 MB) E00
Greenways CorridorsNatural resources corridor areas proposed for future protection in RI's Greenways plan.
s44ogc95.zip (0.5 MB) E00;
greenway.zip (0.4 MB) SHP
Growth CentersLocations of potential new growth centers identified in the "Land Use 2025: Rhode Island State Land Use Policies and Plan" published by the Division of Planning, RI Statewide Planning Program.
growth06.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Hurricane Evacuation AreasStatewide hurricane evacuation areas recommended by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Based upon the "Hurricane Surge (Worst Case) Inundation Areas" datasets also available from RIGIS and USACE.
evacAreas09.zip (9 MB) SHP
Hurricane Surge (Worst Case) Inundation AreasWorst case hurricane surge inundation areas for category 1 through 4 hurricanes striking the coast of Rhode Island.
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Industrial AreasLand designated for industrial purposes by municipalities.
s44zin99.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
industry.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Land Cover - 1962Set of 37 scanned, georeferenced historical maps of land cover for the State of Rhode Island derived from 1962 aerial photographs.
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Land Use - 1988Land use / land cover from 1988 aerial photography coded to Anderson modified level 3 with one half acre minimum polygon resolution.
s44llu93.zip (19 MB) E00
Land Use - 19951995 Land use / land cover updated using 1988 land use as a base. Coded to Anderson modified level 3 with 0.5 acre minimum polygon resolution. Also distributed on USGS Quad and Town basis (to be updated April 2005).
rilu95c_e00.zip (38 MB) E00;
rilu95c_shp.zip (43 MB) SHP
Land Use - 2003/2004Land use / land cover from 2003 & 2004 orthophotography. The minimum mapping unit for this dataset is 0.5 acre. The land use classification scheme used for these data was based on the Anderson Level III modified coding schema used in previous land use datasets in Rhode Island (1988 & 1995) with some modifications for the 2003 classification.
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Land Use - 2011Land use / land cover from spring 2011 orthophotography. The minimum mapping unit for this dataset is 0.5 acre. The land use classification scheme used for these data is based on the same Anderson Level III modified coding schema used in 2003-04 land use dataset.
rilu11.zip (84 MB) SHP
Land Use - 2025Developed for the Division of Planning, RI Statewide Planning Program as part of an update to the "Land Use 2025: Rhode Island State Land Use Policies and Plan", these data identify areas with future use potential, under three categories of development intensity and two categories of conservation.
LandUse2025.zip (51 MB) SHP
Land Use Adjacent to Wetlands in Narragansett BayLand use/land cover classification of uplands in the 500 foot buffer zone of coastal wetlands, delineated from 1996 true color aerial photography.
nblu500_e00.zip (2.0 MB) E00;
nblu500_shp.zip (2.5 MB) SHP
Neighborhood Stabilization Program Target AreasAreas of Rhode Island identified as having both a Foreclosure Rate (Block Group Level) >=6.5% and a Subprime Loan percentage rate >= 1.4% (ZIP Code Level).
NSP_TargetAreas.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Parcel DataAt this time, NO municipal parcel data are available via RIGIS. Those who are interested in obtaining these data must contact each municipality individually with such requests.
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Public Shoreline AccessPublic access points to the shoreline of Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island coastal waters designated by the RI Coastal Resource Management Council.
shorepts_shp.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Scenic AreasAreas in RI designated by the RIDEM as noteworthy or distinctive landscapes or views.
s44nsv89.zip (0.3 MB) E00;
scenic.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Sea Level Rise: RIDOPResults of "modified bathtub" coastal inundation analyses conducted by the NOAA Coastal Services Center and the RI Division of Planning. This dataset represents the sum of 1, 3, or 5 feet potential sea level rise scenarios, and average daily high tide (Mean Higher High Water (MHHW)).
slrRIDOP14.zip (21 MB) SHP
Sea Level Rise: RIDOP (Uncertain Areas)This optional dataset augments the "Sea Level Rise: RIDOP" dataset also available from RIGIS, representing areas where uncertain hydrological connections can be found that may influence local inundation.
slrRIDOP14_unc.zip (0.6 MB) SHP
State Conservation and Recreational Open Space 1990State Conservation, Open Space, and Recreational Program lands as of 1990 (formerly named s44oos90 and Open Space).
scorp90_shp.zip (0.9 MB) SHP
Urban Services BoundaryThe boundary represents the general extent of the areas within which public services supporting urban development presently exist, or are likely to be provided, through 2025.
RI_USB06.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Voting Districts / PrecinctsAt this time, NO municipal voting district or precinct data are available via RIGIS. Those who are interested in obtaining these data must contact each municipality individually with such requests.
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Wellhead Protection Areas: CommunityAreas around public community wells considered critical for the protection of their source water supplies (Polygon areas shown in Groundwater Quality Standard).
cwhpa12.zip (0.2 MB) SHP

Transportation Networks

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AirportsAirports for fixed-wing aircraft in RI delineated from 1997 aerial photography.
airports13.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Bike PathsThis data set contains center lines for all bicycle paths, bicycle routes, and bicycle lane center lines for all statewide and local bikeways, bike routes, and bike lanes for the entire state of Rhode Island.
bikepaths10.zip (0.3 MB) SHP
Bikeways and TrailsExisting and proposed bicycle routes and hiking trails in Rhode Island as depicted in RI's Greenspace Plan.
s44obh95.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
bikepath.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Driveways - E-911Selected driveways and private roadways with Rhode Island E-911 road/street names and address ranges as of July 2014.
e911Driveways14r2.zip (3 MB) SHP
Exit RampsExit/entrance ramps or road locations for all numbered exits in Rhode Island on state divided highways.
s44ter03_e00.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
exitramps_shp.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Ferry RoutesEstablished commercial passenger and vehicle water ferry routes for Rhode Island ports and ferry landings.
ferry04.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Highway NumbersU.S. and Rhode Island highway route numbers as designated by RIDOT with corresponding ArcView legend (AVL) file.
rirtsym_e00.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
rirtsym_shp.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Railroad Rights of WayActive and inactive railroad and trolley lines and associated rights of way.
rail10p.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
RIPTA Bus RoutesRhode Island Public Transit Authority, RIPTA, statewide bus routes for public transit service with individual route information effective September 2011.
RIPTAroutes0911.zip (0.8 MB) SHP
RIPTA Bus StopsRhode Island Public Transit Authority, RIPTA, statewide bus stops for public transit service with individual route and stop information effective September 2011.
RIPTAstops0911.zip (0.3 MB) SHP
RIPTA Park & Ride Bus RoutesRhode Island Public Transit Authority, RIPTA bus routes serving park and ride lots designated as bus stops for public transit service with individual route and stop information effective September 2011.
RIPTApkroutes0911.zip (0.3 MB) SHP
RIPTA Park & Ride Bus StopsRhode Island Public Transit Authority, RIPTA, statewide bus route park and ride stops for public transit service with individual route information effective September 2011.
RIPTApkstops0911.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Roads - E-911Road centerlines with Rhode Island E-911 road/street names and address ranges as of July 2014. Used in conjunction with the E-911 sites dataset, these data are the best available from RIGIS for address location functions.
e911Roads14r2.zip (12 MB) SHP
Roads - RIDOTStreet center lines for all Transportation highways, roads, and streets for the entire State of Rhode Island. Last updated in March 2010, this dataset is most appropriate for those interested in road attributes such as surface types, various categorizations, and ownership/maintenance responsibilities.
RIDOTrds10.zip (9 MB) SHP
Roads - StateInterstate highway centerlines for numbered US and RI state highways as designated by RIDOT.
s44tsr96.zip (0.3 MB) E00;
dotrds.zip (0.2 MB) SHP
Roads - TIGERRoad Centerlines with street name and address ranges for Rhode Island from U.S. Census TIGER files 2005 based on RIGIS 1:5000 scale vector mapping and as incorporated into TIGER data for Rhode Island in 2004 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
tigerds05c.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Traffic CountsVehicular traffic counts as determined by RIDOT at selected locations on RI roads.
s44ttc02_e00.zip (0.2 MB) E00;
traffic02_shp.zip (0.1 MB) SHP

Utilities and Communication

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Broadband AvailabilityThis collection of datasets represent the availability of broadband Internet access in Rhode Island via wireline and wireless technologies.
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Electrical Transmission LinesMajor above-ground high voltage electrical transmission lines as shown on USGS Quad maps updated for visible right of way features on 1997 orthophotos.
electran_e00.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
electran_shp.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Fire Hydrants - E-911Known fire hydrant locations documented by Rhode Island E-911 as of July 2014.
e911Hydrants14r2.zip (1 MB) SHP
Natural Gas Transmission LinesMajor gas and petroleum transmission pipelines.
gaslines_e00.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
gaslines_shp.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
NBC Sewer OverflowsNarragansett Bay Commission combined sewer overflow points locations.
c07uso97.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
sewoflo.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Sewer LinesMain sewer lines, force mains, and interceptors for public and private sewer systems.
sewerlns12.zip (2.3 MB) SHP
Sewer Pumping PointsPumping station points for public sewer systems.
s44usp95.zip (0.1 MB) E00;
sewerpts.zip (0.1 MB) SHP
Sewered AreasApproximate areas served by public and private sewer systems as defined by polygons around main sewer lines, force mains, and interceptors.
sewerAreas12.zip (0.1MB) SHP
Water Supply DistrictsBoundaries for public water districts.
s44uwd95.zip (0.5 MB) E00;
watrdist.zip (0.4 MB) SHP
Water Supply LinesWater lines for public water systems
waterlines_e00.zip (1.8 MB) E00;
waterlines_shp.zip (1.8 MB) SHP
Wind Speed EstimatesWind Speed Estimates interpolated for 80m elevation by Applied Technology & Management from original data estimates at 50m & 100m produced by TrueWind Solutions using their Mesomap system and historical weather data.
RIWind_80m.zip (6.4 MB) SHP

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