An Act to provide for surveying the coasts
This initial legislation led to the formation of the United States Coast Survey.
[Act of Feb. 10, 1807, Sess. II, ch. 8, 2 Stat. 413-14 (1807)]
Under this act, NOAA is required to provide nautical charts and products for safe maritime commerce and navigation.
These Acts reiterate purpose and authorize increased funding for NOAA's navigation services
Provides that NOAA nautical charts, U.S. Coast Pilots, tidal and current information must be carried on all self-propelled vessels, including passenger vessels, > than 1600 gross tons
Calls for coordinated and comprehensive ocean and coastal mapping across the federal government; gives NOAA a lead role in integrating mapping efforts with federal, state and local governments, and private sector partners.
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