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Geographic Information System Division


The GIS Division provides services and support to all divisions in the Planning and Parks Department as well as other Washington County Departments. The GIS mission is to create and maintain a countywide framework of shared geographic information that conforms to standards enabling data sharing and collaborative decision-making. The GIS division actively maintains parcels, roads, address points, shoreland zoning, surface water, and election data.

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Any of the mapping data created and maintained by the Geographic Information System (GIS) Division of the Administration Department can be acquired for a fee. Prices are based on the geographic extent and number of different data layers being requested. An additional file conversion fee is charged for data requests in file formats Washington County considers non-native. See the price list for more information.

Specialized GIS or CAD (Computer Aided Design) software is required to use the raw GIS data. This software frequently costs in excess of $1000 and would not come installed on a typical computer purchased for home use. Following the link below for the data of interest will give alternate ways to acquire this information for the casual user.

Available data:

Historic Aerial Photography
Hydrography and Shoreland/Floodplain/Wetland Zoning
Orthophotography
Parcel Maps
Road Centerlines/Address Points
Topographic/Planimetric Mapping

Standard Vector Formats

  • ESRI Shape file
  • ESRI Personal GeoDatabase (v10.0)
  • Bentley Microstation Design File (v8)

Standard Raster Formats

  • tiff or MrSID depending on the year

Ordering Instructions: Contact the GIS division with the list of desired products to confirm price, availability and delivery method. Orders can be picked up during normal business hours in the Planning and Parks Department or mailed via USPS. Payment must be received prior to data being mailed. Washington County is unable to accept credit cards at this time. Checks should be made payable to Washington County Planning and Parks Department.

Frequently Requested Data Not Available From Washington County:

  • Environmental Corridors - The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) maintains environmental corridors for the Southeast region including Washington County. Contact the commission directly to acquire this data.
  • General Zoning - Although Washington County maintains Shoreland Zoning Data for unincorporated areas in Washington County, the County does not maintain any general zoning information. General zoning is enforced and maintained by each of the 20 municipalities in Washington County.
  • Assessment Data - Assessment values and classes are included with the parcel data available from Washington County. Because Washington County has local assessment, detailed assessment information is maintained by and should be accessed from the appropriate Municipality or their Assessor.
  • Soils - Washington County uses the soils data that are developed and maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS). This data can be accessed from the Soil Data Mart.

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Product and Price List

For more information contact:
Washington County GIS Division
432 E Washington St.
PO Box 1986
West Bend, WI 53095-7986

(262) 365-6569


The videos that follow provide a visual tutorial on how to use the main Washington County GIS Interactive Mapping Application.

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Overview of the General Map


Overview of the Advanced Map


What's New, Improved, or Different




Historic aerial photography is a valuable resource used to determine previous and changes in land-use patterns. Hardcopy versions of older aerial photography is available, but can be faded, worn, are difficult to share, are located in only one county department (if at all), and are difficult to use with related land information.

In 2007 Washington County initiated a project to improve access to and the usability of historic aerial photography. To get the best product possible, the film negatives were used as the data source. Negatives from 1990, 1980, 1970, and 1963 flights were obtained from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and negatives from 1950 and 1941 flights were obtained from the National Archives Records Administration. For each year, the individual scanned images were mosaicked, edge matched, dodge and manually edited for consistency to clean up seam lines and other issues. The images were acquired during leaf-off condition. The resulting datasets are georeferenced, but are not true orthophotographs. Some edge matching and positional accuracy issues, most prominently in the older datasets, exist.

In 2011 a second project was completed to acquire historic aerial imagery from 1985. The 2011 project was completed to the same specification developed during the original 2001 project. Negatives for this project were obtained from SEWRPC.

Orthophotography from 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010 is also available. See the orthophotography page for additional information.

    The historic aerial photography was created for use in a variety of county functions. Washington County does not guaranty the fitness of this data for any other use. The historic aerial photography should not be used for legal, survey, engineering, financial, tax or other professional advice. If specific or precise information is required, you should always use the original recorded documents, surveys, plats, flood insurance studies, or other official means. Washington County specifically disclaims liability for damages of any kind resulting from the misuse or misrepresentation of any information contained herein.

More information about the availability of aerial photography in Wisconsin can be found in the Wisconsin Catalog of Aerial Photography produced by the Wisconsin State Cartographer's office.

Methods to Access Historic Aerial Imagery

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Washington County has begun the process of creating task-specific mapping applications in addition to our main parcel based site. Our main application still contains all of the data and tools as before. The newer applications are designed to facilitate a specific task or workflow. We hope you find the newer applications faster and simpler to use.

The Parcel Based Application Includes:
  • Parcels
  • Tax Information
  • Recorded Plats
  • Roads
  • Surface Water and Wetlands
  • Topographic Mapping
  • Shoreland Zoning
  • Soils
  • Aerial Photography

System Requirements:
Screen Resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater is recommended
Internet Explorer is required to view the full tax reports

Enter the Parcel Mapping Application


Task-Specific Applications

Get Moving Washington County
Get moving and get active. Use this site to connect to trails, walking and biking routes, parks and other physical activity events throughout Washington County. Active living is a way of life!
Address Finder
The GIS Division maintains a comprehensive address list that is used in a variety of County functions. Use this application to locate an address and view road centerline address ranges. Note: Washington County does not assign addresses
Nutrient Application Restrictions
There are two separate environmental risks, groundwater and surface water, associated with agricultural nutrient management. Use this application to see the layer the Land and Water Conservation Division maintains locating where these risks exist.
Plat Finder
Serving as a companion to the tabular survey search application, this mapping application provides a graphical view of which parcels have a survey on file with the County Surveyor.

To participate in the Wisconsin Land Information Program, each county must establish a Land Information Office and prepare a Land Information Plan. With an approved plan, a county may retain $8 of the recording fee for each real estate document recorded by the Register of Deeds. These retained funds are required by 59.72(5)(b)(3) of Wis. State Statute to fund the local land information program and must be solely used to implement activities identified in the Land Information Plan.

Plan Summary

This plan is the fifth update to the original Washington County Land Information Modernization Plan completed in 1992. The original plan and its 1998, 2003, 2005 and 2010 updates documented pervious GIS/LIS goals and objectives and established a framework for initial and future program development.

This plan was prepared in accordance to the "Uniform Instructions for Preparing County Land Information Plans" dated December 2009 and describes general goals and objectives for the 2014-2017 time period. This plan is a living document and will be modified as needed to reflect changes in funding, data/application priorities, and technology. The emphasis of this plan is to 1) maintain and enhance the infrastructure and data acquired under the previous plans, 2) continue to collect and efficiently disseminate quality data to all Washington County Departments, other levels of government and the general public, and 3) expand the use and integration of land information and GIS throughout Washington County.

Reviewed and approved:

5/23/2014 Washington County Land Information Council
6/11/2014 Washington County Planning, Conservation, and Parks Committee

Washington County Land Information Plan: 2014 Update

Previous Versions of the Washington County Land Information Plan


Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, or MABAS, is a voluntary mutual aid organization used for deploying fire, rescue and emergency medical services personnel in a multi-agency response. Please see the MABAS Wisconsin website for more information about the role of MABAS in Wisconsin.

The Geographic Information Systems Division of Washington County worked cooperatively with the fire departments serving Washington County to develop the mapping component needed to implement MABAS in the County. Those maps are included below for the benefit of the emergency service providers serving Washington County and anyone else with an interest in the location of MABAS boxes.

Map Last Update
Countywide Map* Dec 21, 2015
Allenton Fire Oct 7, 2015
Boltonville Fire Feb 17, 2010
Fillmore Fire Sept 28, 2015
Germantown Fire Oct 7, 2015
Hartford Fire* Jan 27, 2012
Hartford Fire and EMS* Jan 27, 2012
Jackson Fire Jan 27, 2012
Kewaskum Fire Dec 22, 2015
Kohlsville Fire Feb 17, 2010
Newburg Fire Oct 30, 2015
Richfield Fire Oct 28, 2015
Slinger Fire Nov 9, 2015
St. Lawrence Fire Feb 17, 2010
West Bend Fire* Oct 7, 2015
* Oversized page (not 11x17)

Below is a sampling of maps that have been produced by the Geographic Information Systems Division of the Administration Department.

County Road Map (3.3 MB)

Includes all roads, County Parks, major surface water features and municipal boundaries

A printed version of this oversized map (36" x 48") is available in the Washington County Planning and Parks Department for $12.00.

Map originally produced to be hung in various meeting rooms throughout the Washington County Government campus. This map is frequently updated to include the newest roads.


Supervisor Districts with Wards (2.3 MB)

Includes Washington County Supervisor District Boundaries with municipal wards. This map also includes roads and municipal boundaries.

A printed version of this oversized map (36" x 48") is available in the Washington County Planning and Parks Department for $12.00.

Map originally produced for the Washington County Clerk. This map is updated frequently to include the most current ward data.

County Supervisor District Maps

Printable maps created for the County Clerk. Includes municpal boundaries and labels for roads that define districts.

District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6
District 7 District 8 District 9 District 10 District 11 District 12
District 13 District 14 District 15 District 16 District 17 District 18
District 19 District 20 District 21 District 22 District 23 District 24
District 25 District 26

Washington County Park and Trail Map

Created through a partnership between the Washington County Planning and Parks Department, the Healthy People Project of Washington County, and local municipalities, this map includes the location, amenities and general information about parks and trails throughout Washington County.

A lower resolution version of the front (2.48 MB) and back (3.63 MB) of the map are available in .pdf format.

Printed versions are free and can be picked up at the Washington County Planning and Parks Department and other locations throughout the county.


Washington County Parcel Maps

Created for the Real Property Lister, the GIS Division maintains parcel maps for all communities in Washington County except the City of West Bend. These parcel maps are available for viewing or download through the Real Property Lister's website. Maps are 3' x 3'. Hard copy maps can be purchased for a nominal fee from the Real Property Lister.


Imagery

Cadastral (Parcel Mapping)

Hydrography and Shoreland/Floodplain/Wetland Zoning

  • FGDC Metadata - Not Available
  • Data Model - Not Available

Road Centerlines/Address Points

Topographic/Planimetric Mapping

As defined by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), metadata consist of information that characterizes data. Metadata are used to provide documentation for data products. In essence, metadata answer who, what, when, where, why, and how about every facet of the data that are being documented. Washington County has a goal of creating metadata for each major county maintained dataset that meets the Federal Geographic Data Committee's (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata. For additional information about metadata see the USGS metadata FAQ


Washington County Land Information On-Line Resources

The following list highlights resources Washington County developed to distribute land information over the Internet. These resources are provided as a convenience to those requiring access to land information in Washington County. The information included is public records as set forth in Chapter 19 of the Wisconsin Statutes. See the land information internet privacy policy and internet disclaimer for additional information.

Interactive Mapping Applications

The interactive mapping applications are maintained by the Geographic Information Systems Division of the Planning and Parks Department. The data contained within is maintained by the GIS Division with the assistance of many Washington County Departments.

Washington County has a traditional site with many layers and functions, but is also working to create simpler task specific sites. These newer applications are designed to facilitate a specific task or workflow.

The interactive mapping websites are one means where the data maintained by the GIS Division is made available to the public. The applications are offered free of charge. The parcel searches are available in a text-only version for those only interested in the tax reports and do not want the added overhead of the map.


Tax Inquiry

This website was created by the Washington County Treasurer with help from the Geographic Information Systems Division and the Real Property Lister.

Search for information by tax key. Information returned for the searched parcel includes:

  • Owner, mailing address, and physical address
  • Land, improvement, total, and market values
  • Taxes for current and previous years
  • Tax receipting information
  • Short legal description
  • Taxing districts (fire, school, technical college, etc...)
  • Assessment classes
  • Images of tax bills
  • Delinquent tax calculator

The searches, reports, and tax bills are available at no charge.

The tax inquiry is available as a stand-alone application, but is also accessible through the Interactive Mapping Application. Querying or selecting a parcel on the interactive map provides a link to the tax inquiry information for that parcel.


Recorded Real Estate Records (LandShark)

This website is maintained by the Washington County Register of Deeds. LandShark is a web-based tool for the location and retrieval of land record documents recorded by the Register of Deeds. Land Shark provides for two types of users:

    Occasional Users: the document number index and images of real estate documents from January of 1945 to the present and the computer tract index of legal descriptions from March 16, 1998 to the present are available. Searching using the tract index (legal description) or document number index is at no charge (registration required). There is a cost ($2 for the first page and $1 for each additional page) to view the scanned documents. Fees are payable by credit card or deducted from an established escrow account.
    Daily Users: Includes access to the grantor/grantee index search in addition to all 'occasional user' functionality. Daily users are required to sign an agreement and pay a subscription fee.


Plats of Survey

This website was created by the Washington County Surveyor with help from the Geographic Information Systems Division and Real Property Lister.

Registered land surveyors are required by state statute to provide a copy of all completed surveys to the County Surveyor. In Washington County this repository is located in the Real Property Lister Office. The nearly 30,000 surveys in this collection have been scanned, indexed, and made available on-line.

Lists of surveys are returned by quarter section. Users can search by quarter section or by entering an address or tax key. The searches, as well as the scanned documents, are available at no charge.


Highway Plans

This resource was created by the Highway Department with help from the Washington County Surveyor and the Geographic Information Systems Division.

This listing contains all digital plans available in the Highway Department archives. For County Highways the list is believed to be complete. While we provide some Federal and State Highway and Local Road plans, we only have those available that were provided to us. For State or Local projects, your primary resource should be the governing entity for the project.



Related Land Information On-Line Resources

In addition to the applications produced by Washington County, related applications have been produced by other units over government, utilities, and commercial providers. Two applications that fill particular gaps in what the County provides are detailed below. The GIS Division links page provides a listing of additional resources.

Public Land Survey System Documents

This website was created and is hosted by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).

Search for records of U.S. Public Land Survey System (USPLSS) control stations (commonly identified as dossier sheets) containing information about the monumented corners of the Public Land Survey System in the Southeastern Wisconsin Region.

Also search for Control Survey Summary Diagrams (CSSDs) containing information collated and summarized from high-order horizontal and vertical control surveys conducted for much of the Southeastern Wisconsin Region.

Washington County contributes dossier sheets to this clearinghouse when created.


Local Land Information Websites



Washington County currently has four digital orthophotography datasets. An orthophotograph is a perspective aerial photograph from which distortions owing to camera tilt and ground relief have been removed (Dictionary of GIS Terminology, ESRI Press, 2001). All four projects were completed as part of regional projects coordinated by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC). The images were acquired during the spring of the year in leaf off condition.

2015 - True color photography with 6 inch pixel resolution. Standard paper product printed at 1 inch equals 100 ft (1/4 section per E-size Sheet).

2010/2011 - True color photography with 6 inch pixel resolution. Standard paper product printed at 1 inch equals 100 ft (1/4 section per E-size Sheet).

2005 - True color photography with a 1 foot pixel resolution. Derived black and white photos are also available. Standard paper product printed at 1 inch equals 200 ft (1 section per E-size sheet).

2000 - Black and white photography with a 1 foot pixel resolution. Standard paper product printed at 1 inch equals 200 ft (1 section per E-size sheet).

1995 - Black and white photography with a 2 foot pixel resolution. Standard paper product printed at 1 inch equals 400 ft (4 sections per E-size sheet).

Historic aerial photography from 1941, 1950, 1963, 1970, 1980, 1985,and 1990 is also available. See the historic aerial photography page for additional information.

Methods to Access Orthophotography

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There are currently over 62,800 tax parcels in Washington County. The GIS Division working with the Real Property Lister Division, is responsible for maintaining these parcels covering all communities in Washington County.

The parcels are part of a larger cadastral dataset that also includes:

  • Public Land Survey System Monuments
  • Public Land Survey System Sections and Quarter Sections
  • Subdivisions, Condominiums and Certified Survey Maps (CSM)
  • Subdivision blocks
  • Subdivision/CSM Lots
  • Rights of Way
  • Managed Forest
  • Tax Key labels
  • Parcel Dimension and Acreage Labels
  • Subdivision/Condominium and Certified Survey Map Labels
  • Right of Way Name Labels
  • Public Land Survey System Labels

The cadastral dataset is created from a variety of sources. The public land survey system framework was created by entering in all monuments using their published Northing and Easting. Sections and Quarter Sections were constructed by connecting the public land survey system monuments. The remaining features were entered using coordinate geometry primarily using documents recorded in the Register of Deeds. Those documents include subdivisions, condominiums, certified survey maps and deeds. The recorded documents were supplemented with right of way plats and other non-recorded surveys. In most cases, lake and river boundaries were identified using orthophotography. Apparent gaps and overlaps greater then 2.5 ft are mapped.

    The cadastral information should not be used for legal, survey, engineering, financial, tax or other professional advice. If specific or precise information is required, you should always use the original recorded documents, surveys, plats, flood insurance studies, or other official means. Washington County specifically disclaims liability for damages of any kind resulting from the misuse or misrepresentation of any information contained herein.

Methods to Access Parcel Data

Metadata


There are over 1700 miles of road and 50,000 address points in Washington County. The City of West Bend Community Development Department is responsible for the maintenance of road and address data within the City of West Bend. The Washington County Geographic Information Systems Division maintains road and address information for the remainder of the County. The County and City work together in an effort to create a seamless coverage when the data are combined.

Washington County is not responsible for assigning addresses for any of the 20 Municipalities in Washington County. Each community is responsible for their own address administration. The address information maintained by Washington County is the compilation of known information from the municipalities, utilities, and other sources.

    The road and address information is maintained for use in a variety of county functions. Washington County does not guaranty the fitness of this data for any other use. The road and address information should not be used for legal, survey, engineering, financial, tax or other professional advice. If specific or precise information is required, you should always use the original recorded documents, surveys, plats, flood insurance studies, or other official means. Washington County specifically disclaims liability for damages of any kind resulting from the misuse or misrepresentation of any information contained herein.

Methods to Access Road/Address Data

  • Internet - Road data can be viewed and printed on the Washington County Interactive Mapping Application.
  • County Road Map - Washington County produces a 36" x 48" county road map (3.3 MB). This map includes all roads, county parks, major surface water features and municipal boundaries. A printed version is available in the Washington County Planning and Parks Department for $12.00. This map is updated perodicially.
  • Digital GIS or CAD Data - Digital versions of this data can be purchased following standard procedures.

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The Land Use Division of the Planning and Parks Department is responsible for Shoreland/Floodplain/Wetland Zoning code administration in the unincorporated areas of Washington County. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division, in conjunction with the Land Use Division, is responsible for maintaining the supporting map data.

The shoreland zoning is part of a larger dataset that also includes:

  • 100-year floodplain
  • Floodway
  • Cross Sections
  • Shoreland Zoning District
  • Non-Navigable Agricultural Zoning Area
  • Intermittent Zoning District
  • County Regulated Wetlands
  • Other Wetlands (Maybe regulated by the Wisconsin DNR or Army Corps. of Engineers)
  • Lakes and Ponds
  • Rivers and Streams

Although the surface water features are countywide, the zoning features (including floodplain) are only available for those areas where Washington County administers shoreland zoning (unincorporated areas).

    The Shoreland Zoning and Surface water features should not be used for legal, survey, engineering, financial, tax or other professional advice. If specific or precise information is required, you should always use the original recorded documents, surveys, plats, flood insurance studies, or other official means. Washington County specifically disclaims liability for damages of any kind resulting from the misuse or misrepresentation of any information contained herein.

Methods to Access Shoreland Zoning/Surface Water Data

  • Photocopies - Printed shoreland zoning maps are available for viewing in the Planning and Parks Department where black and white photocopies can be made.
  • Internet - Zoning and surface water features can viewed and printed on the Washington County Interactive Mapping Application.
  • Digital GIS or CAD Data - Digital versions of this data can be purchased following standard procedures.

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Topographic mapping in Washington County is not consistent. The available data was acquired through a number of projects using differing technology. The project deliverables and data specifications also differ. Status map of Washington County topographic mapping. Contact the City of West Bend Community Development Department for topographic information acquired by the City of West Bend

Kewaskum Area - 1994 project acquired 1"=200' scale topographic and planimetric data for 12 sections around and including the Village of Kewaskum. No 3-dimensional Digital Terrain Model (DTM) was part of the project deliverables. Digital contours were delivered in 2-dimensional files. This area was remapped by the 2007 LiDAR project.

Town of Erin - 1995 project acquired 1"=200' scale topographic and planimetric data for all 36 sections in the Town of Erin. Project deliverables included a 3-dimensional Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and 2-dimensional contour files. This area was remapped by the 2007 LiDAR project.

Village of Slinger Area - 1997 project acquired 1"=100' scale topographic and planimetric data for 14 sections around and including the Village of Slinger. Project deliverables included a 3-dimensional Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and 2-dimensional contour files. This area was remaped by the 2007 LiDAR project.

Oconomowoc River Subwatershed Area - 2003 project acquired 1"=200' scale mapping for 5 sections in T10N R19E (Town of Polk) and 13 sections in T9N R19E (Village of Richfield). Project deliverables included a 3-dimensional Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and 3-dimensional contour files.

2005 Project Area - 2005 project acquired 1"=200' scale topographic data for 111 sections. Areas included were 23 sections in T9N R19E (Village of Richfield), 16 sections in T10N R19E (Town of Polk), 25 sections in T11N R20E (Town of Trenton), 11 sections in T12N R19 (Towns of Kewaskum/Barton), and all 36 sections in T12N R20E (Town of Farmington). Project deliverables included a 3-dimensional Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and 3-dimensional contour files. Planimetric data were not captured as part of this project.

2007 Project Area - Unlike all previous projects that used photogrammetric methods to acquire topographic data, the 2007 project used LiDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging). This project acquired unprocessed LiDAR data for all 432 sections in Washington County. The original project processed the raw LiDAR data to bare-earth model, generated a Digital Terrain Model, and generated large scale elevation mapping for 218 sections. The 218 sections where data was processed consists of 36 sections in T9N R20E (Town and Village of Germantown), 36 sections in T10N R18E (Town and City of Hartford), 2 sections in T10N R19E (Town of Polk), 35 sections in T10N R20E (Town and Village of Jackson), all 36 sections in T11N R18E (Town of Addison), 15 sections in T11N R19E (Towns of Barton/West Bend), all 36 sections in T12N R18E (Town of Wayne), and 22 sections in T12N R19E (Towns of Kewaskum/Barton). In 2010, additional areas were processed to the same specification as the original project. The additional areas included all 36 sections in T9N R18E (Town of Erin), 13 sections in T10N R19E (Town of Polk and Village of Slinger), 1 section in T10N R20E (Town of Jackson), 4.5 sections in T11N R19E (Towns of Barton and West Bend), 3.25 sections in T11N R20E (Town of Trenton), and 3 sections in T12N R19E (Town of Barton). No planimetric data will be captured as part of this project.

City of West Bend Projects - The City of West Bend acquired topographic and planimetric data for 36 sections around and including the City of West Bend in 1999. Much of this area was updated in 2005. Contact the City of West Bend Community Development Department for details and data acquisition procedures.

When the products from County and City of West Bend projects are merged, 2' contours and a digital 3-dimensional surface model is available countywide.

    The topographic information should not be used for legal, survey, engineering, financial, tax or other professional advice. If specific or precise information is required, you should always use the original recorded documents, surveys, plats, flood insurance studies, or other official means. Washington County specifically disclaims liability for damages of any kind resulting from the misuse or misrepresentation of any information contained herein.

Methods to Access Topographic Data

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