THE USPS - NOS/NOAA COOPERATIVE CHARTING PROGRAMCooperative Charting Program of the United States Power Squadrons is conducted in close coordination with the Marine Chart Division, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Program is a major public service of USPS. Under it, members supply information to the Marine Chart Division of NOS/NOAA leading to corrections to nautical charts, small craft charts, Coast Pilot publications and Small Craft Facilities. They also supply data on depth surveys, range status, tidal current surveys and formerly, geodetic marks and aeronautical charts. The Aid To Navigation Inspection program allows for damaged or misplaced Aids to be reported. The Adopt-A-Chart subprogram provides for individual squadrons to assume responsibility to keep a chart or a portion of a chart in their local boating area up to date and get recognition on new editions for their work. We have been told that the Cooperative Charting Program is recognized as the most effective user-participation program in all of the Federal services.
FIFTY YEARS OF COOPERATIVE CHARTINGIn addition to this being the 100th anniversary of USPS, it is also the 50th anniversary of the Cooperative Charting program. The agreement of cooperation between NOAA’s Office of the Coast Survey and USPS makes our cooperative charting program possible. It was first signed in 1963 and has been continuously renewed, most recently by Rear Admiral Glang and Chief Commander Alter at the annual meeting in 2013.
A program to find a USCG light list number quickly.