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Cooperative Charting

Cooperative 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, and Coast Pilot publications. They also supply data on depth surveys, range status, and formerly, geodetic marks and aeronautical charts. 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.

Marine Observing Network (MAROB)

Having accurate weather information is important for the safety of your vessel and the comfort of the crew. .Through the MAROB program, USPS has partnered with the National Weather Service to improve NWS data and thereby improve their computer models and forecasts. Currently there are six test districts (3, 8, 9, 16, 22 & 26) involved in the initial program. Let’s all support this worthwhile initiative.

Vessel Safety Check

A major component of a safe, responsible & fun filled outing is a boat which has all the necessary safety equipment operating properly. A free voluntary vessel safety check is the answer and our trained members will be happy to perform the check.

America's Waterway Watch Program America’s coasts, rivers, bridges, tunnels, ports, ships, military bases and waterside industries may be the next terrorist targets. You can help by participating in America’s Waterway Watch. To report suspicious activity call the National Response Center: 800-424-8802 or 877-24WATCH