Cooperative Charting is the name of the civic
service performed by the USPS in cooperation with the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), administered through the National Ocean
What types of Civic Service are performed?
All types of service in support of our nation’s
charting authority. We report corrections to nautical charts, smallcraft charts,
coast pilots, and related nautical documents. As a further service to mariners,
NOS acts as a clearing house on boating related reports such as nonfunctioning
aids to navigation - maintained by the USCG -, cable crossing reports -
monitored by the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers , and corrections to
other government agencies charts and maps - such as The Defense Mapping Agency,
- Corps of Engineers, and many others. Further, because of our success in those
efforts, other parts of NOAA/NOS have requested our services, such as
Aeronautical Charting, Geodesy, and the office of Earth Science - the agency
which produces the tide and current books we all use).
How Big is Our Civic Effort?
It has been estimated that each year, USPS contributes
an estimated value of service to the government of $15 – 20 million of effort
in our reporting program. In a time of decreasing NOAA budgets, this figure
could increase as the requests for our services only grow as the NOAA resources
How Does USPS Efforts Benefit the Public?
USPS members act as field observers for NOAA. They are
uniquely suited to this role because of the outstanding education and training
they receive through the USPS educational program. As the number of official
NOAA observers decrease with further budget cuts, USPS members report on many
items that would otherwise go undetected or unreported. Many of these reports
are of a critical nature requiring immediate distribution through the Coast
Guard’s broadcasted or published, Local Notice to Mariners. Without
these observations, any hazards would go undetected until tragedy struck through
a nautical mishap. Thus, through efforts to improve the quality of our
nation’s chart’s, USPS members save lives and property. Safe boating
requires accurate charts and the USPS Squadron’s are dedicated to safe boating
through education and public service.
Other reports are not so dramatic but they support NOAA’s
efforts to produce quality products. This is true, too, of our efforts to supply
information on non NOAA products, such as Coast Guard aids to navigation.
The USPS Squadrons are dedicated to safe boating. While it is
true that our major and most well known efforts are through education, the
Cooperative Charting Program is an integral part of the USPS, commitment to safe
boating and are deserving of our support and public recognition.
Our chairman for Co-Op Charting is Don Roman. You can
contact him if you're interested in confirming/charting details of Lake
Pontchartrain. Don's number is 386-453-6456
Comments and suggestions are welcome:
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