What is Cooperative Charting?
Cooperative Charting is one of the Civic Activities we pursue in close coordination with the Marine Chart Division, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
As a part of this program local Squadrons elect to participate in any or all of the following field activities:
- Nautical Charting – help identify anomalies and errors (and their needed corrections) with nautical charts
- Depth Surveys – help to maintain current depth sounds for waterways and their related charts
- Range Line Surveys – help to determine that range markers are in their charted positions to assure accurate navigation
- Tidal Current Surveys – compare tidal flow observed as compared to charted values for navigation accuracy
- Small Craft Facilities – assure that all small craft facilities are correctly represented on navigational charts
- Coast Pilot Updates – act as an observer for reporting information to the Coast Pilot Booklets
- ATON Inspections – charting Aids to Navigation (ATON – buoys, channel markers, etc.) to assure their correct representation on navigation charts
The above services provide great value to boaters by helping to assure safe, and accurate navigational charts and information.
Cooperative Charting is a lot of fun for the whole family – year round!
More information related to the Cooperative Charting initiatives can be found at our national site. Click here to visit the national site.