Coastal Alphabet

The coastal world uses SO many acronyms, it is hard to keep track of what they all mean!  Here is a quick reference to all the ones we know about; please let us know if you have more to add!


ACB Articulating Concrete Block
ADCIRC Advanced Circulation Model
AFWA Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
AL Audubon Louisiana
ALBL Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana
ARS USDA Agricultural Research Service
ASBA American Shoreline and Beach Association
ATTAINS Assessment and Total Maximum Daily Load Tracking and Implementation System
AWF America’s Wetland Foundation
BEACH Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health
BICM Barrier Island Comprehensive Monitoring
BLFWD Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BMP Best Management Practice
BOEM Bureau of Energy Management
BoR/LUMCON Board of Regents’ Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
BP BP Exploration and Production, Inc.
BRAF Baton Rouge Area Foundation
BSEE Bureau of Safety and Enviromental Enforcement
BTEF Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation
BTNEP Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
BTNEP MC Barataria-Terrebonne Management Conference
BUDMAT Beneficial Use of Dredged Material
CCA Coastal Conservation Association
CCMP Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan    (BTNEP)
CELCP Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program
CEQ Council on Environmental Quality
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CHRIS Chemical Hazards Response Information System
CIAP Coastal Impact Assistance Program
CLIWS Center for Louisiana Inland Water Studies (University of Southwestern LA)
CMP LA Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast (Coastal Master Plan)
CPEX Center for Planning Excellence
CPRA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
CRC&D Capital Resource Conservation & Development Council
CRCL Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
CRMS Coastwide Reference Monitoring System
CRS LSU’s Center for River Studies
CSED Lower 9 Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development
CSS Coastal Sustainability Studio
CUP Coastal Use Permit
CWA Clean Water Act
CWPPRA Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act
CWSRF Clean Water State Revolving Fund
CZM Coastal Zone Management
Deltares Netherlands-based water think tank/engineering firm developing coastal solutions to be used here around the world
DFIRM Draft Flood Insurance Rate Map
DIVER Explorer Data Integration Visualization Exploration and Reporting Explorer
DOTD Louisiana Department of Transportation
DOI U.S. Department of the Interior
DPS Department of Public Safety and Corrections
DU Ducks Unlimited
DWH Deepwater Horizon
E&D Engineering and Design
EA Environmental Assessment
EBI Environmental Baseline Inventory
ECD Earthen Containment Dike
EDA Economic Development Administration
EDF Environmental Defense Fund
EDMS Electronic Document Management System
EFH Essential Fish Habitat
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EMAP Environmental Monitoring & Assessment Program
EMS Emergency Management Information System
EMU Environmental Management Unit
EO Executive Order
EPA US Environmental Protection Agency
EQIP Environmental Quality Incentives Program
EROS Earth Resources Observation and Science
ESA Endangered Species Act of 1973
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDT Framework Development Team (Coastal Master Plan)
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FFL Foundation for Louisiana
FIRM Flood Insurance Rate Map
FRP Facility Response Plan
FRRP Flood Risk and Resilience Program
FWA Future Without Action
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GEBF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
GIS Geographic Information System
GIWW Gulf Intracoastal Waterway
GLPC Greater Lafourche Port Commission
GMFMC Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
GNO, Inc. Greater New Orleans, Inc.
GNOF Greater New Orleans Foundation
GOCA Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities
GOHSEP Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
GOMA Gulf of Mexico Alliance
GOMESA Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act
GOMP Gulf of Mexico Program
GOMRI Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
GPS Global Positioning System
GU Groundwater UDI Surface Water
GUISW Ground Water Under the Influence of Surface Water
GUP Purchased Groundwater UDI Surface Water
GW Groundwater
GWP Purchased Groundwater
HAB Harmful Algal Bloom
HB 1 Louisiana Legislature’s Funding Bill
HNC Houma Navigational Canal
HNR House Natural Resources
HSDRRS Hurricane Storm Damage and Risk Reduction System
HSI Habitat Suitability Index
HUD Louisiana Department of Housing and Urban Development
ICM Integrated Compartment Model (Coastal Master Plan)
IdJC Isle de Jean Charles
IPaC U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Information for Planning and Consultation
KAB Keep America Beautiful
KLB Keep Louisiana Beautiful
LA SAFE Louisiana Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments
LA TIG Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group
La. Rev. Stat. Louisiana Revised Statute
LaSTEP Louisiana Small Town Environmental Program
LAWEN Louisiana Water Economy Network
LCA Louisiana Coastal Area
LCES Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service
LCRP Louisiana Coastal Resources Program
LDAF Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry
LDCRT Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism
LDEQ Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
LDHH Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
LDNR Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
LDNR OC Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Office of Conservation
LDOE Louisiana Department of Education
LDWF Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
LEEC Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
LEH Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
LiDAR Light Detection and Ranging
LLA Louisiana Landowners Association
LOS Level of Service
LOSCO Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office
LOSPRA Louisiana Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act
LPBF Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
LPCCP Louisiana Pollinator Cooperative Conservation Program
LPV Lake Pontchartrain and Vicinity
LSG Louisiana Sea Grant
LSPMB Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board
LSTA LA Science Teacher’s Association
LUMCON Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
LWI Louisiana Watershed Initiative
LWF Louisiana Wildlife Federation
MAC Morganza Action Coalition
MAM Monitoring and Adaptive Management
MBrSD Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion
MBSD Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion
MCY Million Cubic Yards
MMPA Marine Mammal Protection Act
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MR&T Mississippi River and Tributaries Project
NAAQS National Ambient Air Quality Standards
NAS National Audubon Society
NAVD 88 North American Vertical Datum of 1988
NBS National Biological Service
NDRC National Disaster Resilience Competition
NEP National Estuary Program
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act of 1969
NFWF National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
NGO Non-governmental Organization
NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service (also known as NOAA Fisheries)
NOAA National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Non-Structural Flood prooding, home elevations and voluntary buyouts
NOS Notice of Solicitation
NPL National Priorities List
NPS Nonpoint Source
NLLD North Lafourche Conservation, Levee and Drainage District
NRC National Response Center
NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRDA Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Program
NSSP National Shellfish Sanitation Program
NSU Nicholls State University
NWF National Wildlife Federation
NWIS National Water Information System
NWQI National Water Quality Initiative
NWRC National Wildlife Research Center
O&M Operations and Maintenance Program
O&M Operations and Maintenance
OCD Office of Community Development
OCM Office of Coastal Management
OM&M Operations Maintenance and Monitoring
OPA Oil Pollution Act of 1990
OSDS Onsite Sewage Disposal System
PC Pontchartain Conservancy
PDARP/PEIS Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
PEIS Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
QA/QC Quality Assurance/Quality Control
RCPP Regional Conservation Partnership Program
RESTORE Act Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act
RESTORE Council Five Gulf Coast States and Six Federal Agencies
ROD Record of Decision
ROR Restore or Retreat
RP/EA Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment
SAV Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
SBDC Small Business Development Center
SCPDC South Central Planning & Development Commission
Section 404 Program to regulate the discharge of dredged or fill material into waters of the United States, including wetlands
Section 408 Provides that USACE may grant permission for another party to alter a Civil Works project upon a determination that the alteration proposed will not be injurious to the public interest and will not impair the usefulness of the Civil Works project
SHPO State Historic Preservation Office
SLEC South Louisiana Economic Council
SLLD South Lafourceh Levee District
SLWDC South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center
SNR Senate Natural Resources
SONRIS Strategic Online Natural Resources Information System
SOP Standard Operating Procedures
SPCC Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures
SPSOC Significant Potential Sources of Contamination
STORET STOrage and RETrieval and Water Quality eXchange
Structural Levee, hurricane protection, risk reduction systems
SW Surface Water
SWAMP System Wide Assessment and Monitoring Program
SWAP Source Water Assessment Program
SWCD Soil and Water Conservation Districts
SWP Purchased Surface Water
TEDA Terrebonne Economic Development Authority
TIG Trustee Implementation Group (NRDA)
TLCD Terrebonne Levee and Conservation District
TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load
TNC The Nature Conservancy
TPCG Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government
TRCP Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
TWIG The Water Institute of the Gulf
U.S.C. United States Code
UDI Under the Direct Influence
UHN United Houma Nation
USACE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
USCG U.S. Coast Guard
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDOJ U.S. Department of Justice
USEPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
USFWS U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS U.S. Geological Survey
USNPS U.S. National Park Service
WATERS Watershed Assessment, Tracking and Environmental Results System
WBV Westbank and Vicinity
WIPS Watershed Implementation Plans
WQX Water Quality Exchange
WRDA Water Resources Development Act
WSFR Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration