The Cooperative Charting Program of the United States Power Squadrons is conducted in close coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Cooperative Charting Program has been recognized as one of the most effective user-participation program in all of the Federal services. The Program is a major public service of USPS. Within this program, USPS Members:
- Supply information to NOAA leading to corrections to nautical charts, small craft charts and Coast Pilot publications.
- Supply data on depth surveys, range status, tidal current surveys and geodetic marks.
- Inspect Aids To Navigation to identify and report damaged or misplaced Aids.
- Focus on specific navigation area through the Adopt-A-Chart subprogram.
The Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron Coop Charting program is currently concentrating on inspections of Aids to Navigation (ATONs) in the region of our adopted chart. Our Squadron has adopted the portion of Chart 11430 that is south of Lat 25 deg 59.5 min N. This region extends from a point about half way between Marco Island and Naples to Lostman's River, about 34 nautical miles SE of Marco Island. We check the condition and locations of ATONs and report discrepancies to the appropriate government organizations.
For purposes of assigning responsibilities and identifying ATONs, zones have been defined as shown below and, with more detail in Zone_Maps.pdf