As in so many fields these days, people involved in conservation and environmental projects have their own unique lexicon made up esoteric words along with an alphabet soup of acronyms. There are many excellent environmental glossaries available on the web to help you make sense of this jargon. We have included a smattering of some that we have found to be particulalry useful below. We have also listed a number of common initialisms and acronyms that have become part of the vernacular in San Luis Obispo County.


Definitions of Environmental & Conservation Terms

GCA Waterboard Glossary for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Glossary 

Oxford Dictionary of Environment and Conservation 

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Environmental Science

Natural Resources Defense Council Glossary of Environmental Terms

My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant (MEERA)

Trust for Public Land (TPL) California Water Handbook Glossary 

Glossary of Planned Giving Terms



Common Acronyms

CCSD Cambria Community Services District
EIR Environmental Impact Report
EWS Emergency Water Supply
IS Initial study
MBMNS Monterey Bay Marine National Sanctuary
MND Mitigated Negative Declaration
MPA Marine Protected Area
RWQCB Regional Water Quality Control Board




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