Cooperative Charting is recognized as the most effective user participation program in all of the Federal services.
Under this program, USPS members supply information to the Marine Chart division of NOS leading to the production "of accurate and up to date nautical and aeronautical charts" and related publications. The Cooperative Charting Program began in 1963 with a Memorandum Of Agreement between USPS and what is now the National Ocean Service (NOS), National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Department of Commerce. This agreement has been updated several times and will continue to serve well into the future with further updates.
Cooperative Charting is performed by USPS members in cooperation with the National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Program is conducted and administered cooperatively by the Marine Chart Division of the National Ocean Service (NOS) and the national USPS Cooperative Charting Committee.
Without these USPS observations, many hazards would go undetected until tragedy strikes through a nautical mishap. Thus, USPS members save lives and property, as well as furthering boating safety through these efforts to improve the quality of our nations charts. The Cooperative Charting Program is a highly successful, public service effort dedicated to the advancement of safety on the water for both the boating public and USPS members.
There are many people who can help you get involved, but the easiest way is to contact the Squadron Cooperative Charting Chairman. Or, try assisting someone in the squadron who is currently involved in one of our many Cooperative Charting projects.
- Nautical Chart Items ‑ Observing and reporting differences between charted information and that which is currently observable.
- Small Craft Facilities ‑ Observing and reporting the characteristics of marinas, boat yards, and other marine facilities that service small nautical craft.
- Ranges – Determine the accuracy of charted navigational ranges.
- Depth Surveys ‑ Measuring and reporting depths.
- Coast Pilot Publications ‑ Reviewing the Coast Pilot publications and reporting updates to the text and illustrations.
- Boating Guide to America - Updating and expanding guide information related to the Tampa area.