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At present, Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron does not have a COOPERATIVE CHARTING program.

To learn more about this program on the District and National levels read below.

If you are interested in working on a committee dedicated to COOPERATIVE CHARTING

Contact Lt Gary Antonides, AP

at  garyanto@verizon.net

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What is USPS Cooperative Charting?

"Cooperative Charting" refers to an agreement between the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The agreement was first executed in 1963 and revised in January 1971 and again in 1983. The current agreement is "...to produce accurate and up-to-date nautical and aeronautical charts and related products and to preserve geodetic control stations in the National Geodetic Reference System (NGRS) through the use of well-trained volunteer observers."

NOAA was established in October of 1970 as part of the Department of Commerce. It is charged with providing weather forecasts, charting our coastal and estuarine waterways, producing aeronautical charts and supporting our marine fisheries industry. As part of these responsibilities, they produce and maintain over 970 nautical charts and 9 Coast Pilots for navigating our coastal waters and Great Lakes. The agency produces over 8,000 aeronautical charts and has installed and maintains over 750,000 geodetic control marks that provide the base geographic framework for mapping and charting, boundaries and property lines, and setting precise positions of space craft and satellites.

Maintaining and up-grading this information against the changes made by nature and mankind is truly a monumental task. Changes occur so frequently that no amount of tax supported effort would be adequate to supply the corrections necessary to keep these documents current. As participants in the Cooperative Charting Program, USPS members observe these changes and submit corrections to NOAA, thereby saving the government (and tax payers) millions of dollars. In fact, Cooperative Charting has become the most effective user-participation program in all of the Federal services.



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