Abbreviations and Acronyms

We use plenty of abbreviations in our conservation work and deciphering them can be a challenge. Here is a list of what the most common abbreviations and acronyms mean.


ACEP – Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
AWQMP – Agricutural Water Quality Management Plan
APHIS – Animal and Plant Health Inspections Service (USDA program)
ARCSA – American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association


BLM – Bureau of Land Management
BMP – Best Management Practice
BOLI – Bureau of Labor and Industries


CAFO – Confined Animal Feeding Operation
CATS – Conservation Activity Tracking System (CSWCD tool)
CCC – Clackamas Community College
CCE – Common Computing Environment
CSWCD – Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District
CEDARS – Clackamas Early Detection and Reporting System
CIG – Conservation Innovation Grant
CRBC – Clackamas River Basin Council
CRISP – Clackamas River Invasive Species Partnership
CRWP – Clackamas River Water Providers
CSP – Clackamas Stewardship Partnership
CSP – Conservation Stewardship Program (NRCS cost share program)
CWMA – Cooperative Weed Management Area


DC – District Conservationist (NRCS)
DEQ – Department of Environmental Quality
DOG – Dollars on the Ground (CSWCD cost-share program)


EDRR – Early Detection and Rapid Response
EQIP – Environmental Quality Incentives Program – (NRCS Cost Share Program)
ESA – Endangered Species Act


FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
FSA – Farm Service Agency


GIS – Geographic Information Systems (Mapping Software)
GOCWC – Greater Oregon City Watershed Council

H, I

IPM – Integrated Pest Management
ITB – Invitation to bid

J, K, L

JCWC – Johnson Creek Watershed Council
LAC – Local Advisory Committee
LGIP – Local Government Investment Pool
LID – Low Impact Development


MOA – Memorandum of Agreement (often called an MOU)
MOU – Memorandum of Understanding (often called an MOA)
MRW – Molalla River Watch


NCPRD – North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District
NCUWC – North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council
NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NPDES – National Pollution Discharge Elimination System
NRCS – Natural Resources Conservation Service


OACD – Oregon Association of Conservation Districts
OAN – Oregon Association of Nurseries
OCEAN – Oregon Conservation Education and Assistance Network
ODA – Oregon Department of Agriculture
ODFW – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
OSU – Oregon State University
OTAC – Oregon Technical Advisory Committee
OWEB – Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
OWHCMP – Oregon Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Mgt. Program


PGE – Portland General Electric
PRWC – Pudding River Watershed Council

Q, R

RAC – Resource Advisory Committee
RC&D – Resource Conservation & Development
RCPP – Regional Conservation Partnership Program
RFP – Request for proposal
RFQ – Request for Qualifications
RUSLE – Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation
RWH – Rainwater Harvesting


SDAO – Special Districts Association of Oregon
SDIS – Special Districts Insurance Services
SEP – Supplemental Environmental Project
SHPO – State Historic Preservation Office
SRBWC – Sandy River Basin Watershed Council
SWCD – Soil and Water Conservation District

T, U

UERC – Urban Ecosystem Research Consortium
USDA – United States Department of Agriculture
USFS – United States Forest Service
USFWS – United States Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS – United States Geological Survey

V, W, X, Y, Z

WES – Water Environmental Services
WFPP – Watershed and Flood Protection Program
WWMP – Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program

Clackamas SWCD