Work Item
ASTM WK77158

New Practice for Supporting North American Waterways Identification and Synchronization

1. Scope

This Standard Practice is designed to promote clarification and consistency for the identification, representation and naming conventions of waterways in the United States and its territories to improve synchronization and multipurpose application for all stakeholders. This document identifies and clarifies waterway representations that include types, hierarchical structure, configuration, geometric boundaries, defining attributes and other descriptive characteristics. This Standard Practice is designed to support consistent representation and identification of waterways in the United States and its territories to support applications and data by leveraging currently available information, cross reference where appropriate, then collaboratively establishing, defining and identifying supplemental guidance to support both government services and industry interests. In addition to promoting multi-agency coordination and industry/government harmonization, this Standard Practice is designed to enable enhanced commercial application and product development, for broader maritime application in support of safe, resilient and efficient navigation, for maritime operations.


navigation; charting; ECDIS; electronic chart display and information system; ATONS; aid to navigations


To harmonize U.S. waterways identification and naming conventions for federal, state and commercial interests.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F25.07

Committee: F25

Staff Manager: David Lee

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 06-02-2021

Technical Contact: William Nabach

Item: 000