Background and History
The National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) was established in 1992 with signing into law of the National Geologic Mapping Act
(Public Law 102-285). The Act has been re-authorized three times, most recently by the 111th Congress in 2009 (Public Law 111-11, sec. 11001).
The program’s objectives are to develop geologic maps, create associated national geologic databases (e.g., geochemical, geochronologic,
paleontologic), supply the data to the public, and increase public awareness of the application of geologic information to land-use management.
To read copies of the original act and subsequent reauthorizations, visit: http://ncgmp.usgs.gov/
The NCGMP has three components: FEDMAP,
EDMAP, and STATEMAP.
FEDMAP funding is reserved for USGS projects based on recommendations of a Federal Advisory Committee and a FEDMAP Review Panel. EDMAP is designed to train
the next generation of geologic mappers. Funds are allocated to colleges and universities through an annual competitive grant process and matched on
a 50/50 basis with university funds. STATEMAP provides funding through an annual competitive grant process available to all state geological surveys
for the purpose of creating new geologic maps or compiling existing geologic data within the states. STATEMAP awards are matched on a 50/50
basis with state funds.
STATEMAP proposals, which are submitted each November to the USGS for consideration of funding under the program, are based upon recommendations
for mapping priorities established by the State Mapping Advisory Committee (SMAC). SMAC members represent a wide variety of private, public, and
government interests. In October of each year, the SMAC meets to select the area which will be proposed to the U.S. Geological Survey for new mapping
and to refine the 3-5 year long range geologic mapping plan. This 3-5
year plan is based on the panel’s discussions regarding societal needs, economic, or scientific welfare of Florida.
The Florida Geological Survey STATEMAP program was established in 1994 with an award of $30,000 from the USGS to create a
geologic map of the eastern portion of the USGS 1:100,000 scale Homestead quadrangle. Since then, the FGS has received
awards for new geologic mapping every year from the USGS STATEMAP program. To date, the Florida Geological Survey has mapped approximately 20,000 square miles of Florida under
grants from the USGS STATEMAP program (see the AASG Fact
Sheet for Florida STATEMAP information).
The FGS generally maps one-half of a 1:100,000 scale quadrangle (which equates to sixteen 1:24,000 scale quadrangles) each year. The field
mapping takes place at 1:24,000 scale, with the final product being produced as a 1:100,000 scale map. The final products typically
consist of a geologic map, a geomorphology map, geologic cross-sections, and explanatory text for the study area. These are published
through the FGS Open-File Map Series (OFMS) and Open-File Report (OFR) series each Autumn. STATEMAP program personnel work closely with
the Geological Sample Acquisition and Management Section for each project in order to gather
new geologic data via various FGS drilling rigs and geophysical tools.
Rick Green, P.G., has been with the FGS STATEMAP program since its inception in 1994 and has been the
Principal Investigator for the program since 1996. The STATEMAP program also employs a variety of FGS
and grant-funded staff each year to complete the geologic mapping projects. Currently, the program
employs two full-time OPS staff (funded by the grant): Brianne Apolinar (Geologist) and Katherine White (GIS).
Accomplishments to date
- 44.7 percent of the State mapped
- 388 7.5 minute (1:24,000) quads mapped
- Twelve-and-a-half (1:100,000 scale) quads mapped
- 23,949 miles2 (62,029 km2) mapped
- 122 cores and counting
- 16,519 feet of new core added to FGS archives
- Over 1,300 M-series samples collected
- Average cost/mile2 = $205.60*
- Average cost/km2 = $79.38*
(*includes State Matching Funds/Staff time)