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ACWA – Assoc of California Water Agencies
ANPRM – Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
APWA – American Public Works Association
ATCM – Airborne Toxic Control Measure
AWWA –  American Water Works Association
BACWA –  Bay Area Clean Water Agencies (visit their website)
BOD – Biochemical Oxygen Demand
CAA – Cleanup and Abatement Account
CAAQS – Calif Ambient Air Quality Standard
CalARP – Calif Accidental Release Prevention Program
CARB – Calif Air Resources Board
CASA – California Association of Sanitation Agencies
CDFA – Calif Dept of Food & Agriculture
CDO – Cease and Desist Order
CECs – Constituents of Emerging Concern
CEQA – Calif Environmental Quality Act
CFR – Code of Federal Regulations
CIP – Capital Improvement Project
CMOM –  Capacity, Management, Operation and Maintenance
CIWMB – Calif Integrated Waste Management Board
CPUC – Calif Public Utilities Commission
CSO – Combined Sewer Overflow
CTR – California Toxics Rule
CVCWA – Central Valley Clean Water Association
CWA – Clean Water Act
CWEA – Calif Water Environment Association
DHS – Dept of Public Health Services
DMR – Discharge Monitoring Report
DO – Dissolved Oxygen
DTSC – Dept of Toxic Substances Control
EBEP – Enclosed Bays and Estuaries Plan
EDW – Effluent Dominated Waterbody
EIS/EIR – Environmental Impact Statement/Report
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
ERAF – Educational Reserve Augmentation Fund
eSMR – Electronic Self-Monitoring Report
FOG – Fats, Oils and Grease
GASB – Government Accounting Standards Board
HAP – Hazardous Air Pollutant
I&I – Infiltration and Inflow
ISWP – Inland Surface Waters Plan
JPA – Joint Powers Authority
LA – Load Allocation (non-point sources)
LAFCO – Local Agency Formation Commission
LOCC – League of California Cities
LHC – Little Hoover Commission
MACT – Maximum Achievable Control Technology
(air controls)
MCL – Maximum Contaminant Level
MGD – Million Gallons per Day
MMP – Mandatory Minimum Penalty
MOU – Memorandum of Understanding
MPPS – Menlo Park Pump Station
MUN – Municipal Drinking Water Use
NACWA – National Association of Clean Water Agencies
NAS – National Academy of Sciences’
NGOs – Non Governmental Organizations
NOP – Notice of Preparation
NOX – Nitrogen Oxides
NPDES – Nat’l Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
NPS – Non-Point Source
NRDC – Natural Resources Defense Council
NTR – National Toxics Rule
OMB – Office of Management and Budget
ONRW – Outstanding National Resource Water
PAG – Public Advisory Group
PAHs – Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons
PCBs – PolyChlorinated Biphenyls
POTWs – Publicly Owned Treatment Works
PPCPs – Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products
PSSEP – Partnership for Sound Science in Environmental Policy
PWWF – Peak Wet Weather Flow
QA/QC – Quality Assurance / Quality Control
Region IX Western Region of EPA (CA, AZ, NV & HI)
RFP – Request For Proposals
RMP – Risk Management Program
RFQ – Request For Qualifications
RO – Reverse Osmosis
RWQCB – Regional Water Quality Control Board
SBSA – South Bayside System Authority – former name of Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) (visit their website)
SBWMA – South Bayside Waste Management Authority (visit their website)
SCAP – Southern California Alliance of POTWs
SEP – Supplementary Environmental Projects
SERTs – Soluble or Extractable Regulatory Thresholds
SLAPP – Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation
SIP – State Implementation Policy
(CTR/NTR criteria)
SRF – State Revolving Fund
SS – Suspended Solids
SSO – Sanitary Sewer Overflow/Site Specific Objective
SSMP – Sewer System Management Plan
STEP – Septic Tank Effluent Pumping
SVCW – Silicon Valley Clean Water  (visit their website)
SWRCB – State Water Resources Control Board
TAC – Toxic Air Contaminant
TCLP – Federal Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure
TDS – Total Dissolved Solids
TM – Technical Memorandum
TMDL – Total Maximum Daily Load
Tri-TAC – Technical Advisory Committee of CASA, CWEA, and LOCC
TSO – Time Schedule Order
TSS – Total Suspended Solids
UPCCAA – Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act
UV – Ultraviolet Treatment
VOCs – Volatile Organic Compounds
WAS – Waste Activated Sludge
WDR – Waste Discharge Requirements
WEF – Water Environment Federation
WERF – Water Environment Research Foundation
WET – Whole Effluent Toxicity or Waste Extraction Test
WESTCAS – Western Coalition of Arid States
WIN – Water Infrastructure Network
WLA – Waste Load Allocation (point sources)
WMI – Watershed Management Initiative
WRDA – Water Resource Development Act
WRFP – Water Recycling Funding Program
WWTP – Wastewater Treatment Plant
WQBEL – Water Quality Based Effluent Limitation
WQP – Water Quality Objective
WQS – Water Quality Standards
WWWIFA – Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Financing Agency