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Acronyms to Know

Interactive Acronyms

Interactive Acronym List

This list contains acronyms used with regards to water in the Colorado River. Clicking on the highlighted acronyms will link you to websites that are pertinent to the acronym.


AF - Acre-foot, Acre-feet
ALWCD - Animas-LaPlata Water Conservancy District
AOP - Annual Operating Plan (governing Bureau of Reclamation Colorado River operations.)
AWRA - American Water Resources Association
AWWA - American Water Works Association

BCNM - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument
(C)BIP - (Colorado) Basin Implementation Plan
BLM - U.S. Bureau of Land Management
BMWCD - Battlement Mesa Water Conservancy District
BWCD - Basalt Water Conservancy District
BLWCD - Bluestone Water Conservancy District
BO - Biological Opinion
BRM - Big River Model

CAP - Central Arizona Project
CBM - Coal Bed Methane
C-BT - Colorado-Big Thompson Project
CCWCD - Central Colorado Water Conservancy District
CDPHE - Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
CFOPS - Coordinated Facilities Operations Study
CFB - Colorado Farm Bureau
CFS - Cubic Feet Per Second
CFWE - Colorado Foundation for Water Education
CGWC - Colorado Ground Water Commission
CRCA- Colorado River Cooperative Agreement
CRDSS - Colorado River Decision Support System
CROS - Combined Reservoir Operations Study
CRPAB - Colorado River Policy Advisory Board
CRSM - Colorado River Simulation Mode
CRSP - Colorado River Storage Project
CRSPA - Colorado River Storage Project Act
CRSS - Colorado River Simulation System
CRWCD - Colorado River Water Conservation District
CRWUA - Colorado River Water Users Association
CSU - Colorado Springs Utilities
CU - Consumptive Use
CUP - Central Utah Project
CREA - Colorado Rural Electric Association
CWA - Clean Water Act
CWC - Colorado Water Congress
CWCB - Colorado Water Conservation Board
CWQCC - Colorado Water Quality Control Committee
CWRPDA - Colorado Water Resources & Power Development Authority
CWQCC/D - Colorado Water Quality Control Commission/Division
CWRRI - Colorado Water Resources Research Institute

DCWRA - Douglas County Water Resource Authority
DEIS - Draft Environmental Impact Statement (NEPA)
DNR - Department of Natural Resources (Colorado)
DOI - Department of the Interior
DMI - Data Management Interface
DNR - Department of Natural Resources (Colorado)
DOI - U.S. Department of Interior
DougCo - Douglas County Water Resources Authority Study
DSS - Decision Support System
DW - Denver Water
DWR - Division of Water Resources (Colorado)

EA - Environmental Assessment
EIS - Environmental Impact Statement
EPA - Environmental Protection Agency
EPRP - Eagle Park Reservoir Project
ERA - Eagle River Assembly
ERWSD - Eagle River Water & Sanitation District
ERA - Eagle River Assembly
ESA - Endangered Species Act
ET - Evapotranspiration

FERC - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FONSI - Finding of No Significant Impact (NEPA)
FRICO - Farmer's Reservoir and Irrigation Company

GASP - Groundwater Appropriators of the South Platte
GIS - Geographical Information System
GMR - Green Mountain Reservoir
GMUG - Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
GVIC - Grand Valley Irrigation Company
GVWUA - Grand Valley Water Users Association

HCCA - High Country Citizen's Alliance
HUP - Historic Users Pool (refers to Green Mountain Reservoir)

ICPA - Interstate Compact Policy Analysis
IGA - Inter-Governmental Agreement
IID - Imperial Irrigation District (California)
IRP - Integrated Resource Plan
IWB - Interstate Water Bank
IMAP - Information Management Annual Plan
IMC - Information Management Committee
IRP - Integrated Resource Plan

KAF - Thousand Acre-feet

MAF - Million Acre Feet
MCID - Mesa County Irrigation District
MCWA - Mesa County Water Association
MOA - Memorandum of Agreement
MOU - Memorandum of Understanding
MPWCD - Middle Park Water Conservancy District
MWD - Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
MWSI - Metropolitan Water Supply Investigation

NCWCD - Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District
NFMA - National Forest Management Act
NPS - National Park Service (Department of Interior)
NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act
NISP - Northern Integrated Supply Project
NPDES - National Pollutant Discharges Elimination System
NRCS - Natural Resources Conservation Service
NWCCOG - Northwest Colorado Council of Governments
NWRA - National Water Resources Association

OMID - Orchard Mesa Irrigation District
OWC - Office of Water Conservation (Colorado Water Conservation Board)

QQ -Water Quantity and Quality Committee of Northwest Colorado Council of Governments
QSA - Quantification Settlement Agreement

PBO - Programmatic Biological Opinion
PID - Palisade Irrigation District
PSOP - Preferred Storage Options Plan
PRP - Platte River Project
PWSD - Parker Water & Sanitation District

RBWCD - Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District
RDBMS - Relational Database Management System
RFC - Roaring Fork Conservancy
RICD - Recreational In-Channel Diversion
RGWCD - Rio Grand Water Conservation District
RGWUA - Rio Grande Water Users' Association
RIP - Recovery Implementation Program
RIP-RAP - Recovery Implementation Program - Recovery Action Plan
RMNP - Rocky Mountain National Park
RRA - Reclamation Reform Act
RWPA - Ruedi Water/Power Authority
RWPC - Redlands Water & Power Company

SECWCD - Southeast Colorado Water Conservancy District
SEO - State Engineer's Office
SCWCD - Southwestern Water Conservation District
SWCD - Silt Water Conservancy District
SWSI - Statewide Water Supply Initiative

TABOR - Taxpayer's Bill of Rights
TAC - Technical Advisory Committee
TCWCD - Tri-county Water Conservancy District
TDS - Total Dissolved Solids
TNC - The Nature Conservancy
TU - Trout Unlimited

USSD - United States Society on Dams
UCRC - Upper Colorado River Commission
UGRWCD - Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District
UPCO - Upper Colorado River Basin Study
USACE - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
USBR - United States Bureau of Reclamation
USGS - United States Geologic Survey
USFWS - United States Fish and Wildlife Service
UVWUA - Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association
UWCD - Ute Water Conservancy District
UYWCD - Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District

WA - Wilderness Act
WAPA - Western Area Power Authority
WDWCD - West Divide Water Conservancy District
WESTCAS - Western Coalition of Arid States
WRNF - White River National Forest
WSWC - Western States Water Council
WSRA - Wild & Scenic Rivers Act

YRBP - Yampa River Basin Partnership
YJWCD - Yellow Jacket Water Conservancy District

7/10 - Seven States/Ten Tribes in the Colorado River Basin
3 -State Agreement - Colorado/Nebraska/Wyoming for Platte River Endangered Species

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