Helping Our Peninsula's Environment



(c) Copyright 2002-2010 David Dilworth

ACE Army Corps of Engineers

AF Acre Foot - A unit of volume, generally water 1 foot deep and 1 acre (about a football field) in area.

AMBAG Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments  A little known agency that makes our community's most important growth forcing decision every three or so years - the Population Forecast. They try to make the decision in secret, and jealously fight to prevent letting the public know how important the decision is.

BEOs Bureaucrats and Elected Officials

BO Biological Opinion (A study required by FESA estimating the number of deaths or "take" of each Endangered Species a project will cause) 

CA Coastal Act (State Law PRC 30,000-30,950) This law provides more protection for imperiled species than the two endangered species laws.

CAA Clean Air Act (42 USC 7401-7642) An impenetrable (highly technical) law that pretends to protect our air by averaging air pollution over a matter of hours or days, rather than protecting us from maximum toxic pollutant concentrations.

CAFO Corporate Animal Feeding Operation (Giant Hog Ranch) 

C3 California Coastal Commission 

CCC California Coastal Commission

CDF&G California Department of Fish and Game

CDF California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (also CDFFP)

CDFA California Department of Food and Agriculture - Known for aerial Spraying of untested secret pesticides on Central Coast cities in 2007 under A.G. Kawamura

CEO Chief Executive Officer 

CEQA California Environmental Quality Act (PRC 21000)

CESA California Endangered Species Act (FGC 2080)

CERCLA (Superfund) Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (42 USC 9601) 

CFC Chlorinated Fluorocarbon

CNEL Community Noise Equivalent Level (Cumulative 24 hour average Noise)

CPUC Public Utilities Commission

CRLF California Red-Legged Frog (Rana aurora draytonii)

CSA Community Supported Agriculture

CVA Carmel Valley Association (formerly CVPOA) 

CVPOA Carmel Valley Property Owners Association (now CVA) 

CWA Clean Water Act (33 USC 1251) A federal law that has for a goal "fishable and swimable  by 1984." It forbids any pollution into rivers or the ocean.

CZMA Coastal Zone Management Act (Federal Law: 16 USC 1451) 

DEIR Draft Environmental Impact Report (under CEQA

DEIS Draft Environmental Impact Statement (under NEPA

DF&G California Department of Fish and Game

DO Dissolved Oxygen (in surface or ground water) 

DPS Distinct Population Segment under the Endangered Species Act

DREGs Developers, Resource Extractors and Governments (this term was first used and defined here in this document.)

EHR Erosion Hazard Rating 

EIR (California) Environmental Impact Report (under CEQA

EIS (Federal) Environmental Impact Statement (under NEPA

EPA US Environmental Protection Agency (unofficially - Environmental Protection by Autopsy - because EPA never does anything to protect humans until they are forced to deal with a death.)

EPCRA Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (42 USC 11001) 

ESA Endangered Species Act

ESHA Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (California Coastal Act

ESU Evolutionarily Significant Unit under the Endangered Species Act

FESA Federal Endangered Species Act (16 USC 1531-1544)

FIFRA Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (7 USC 136)

FPR Forest Practice Rules (California) 

FUL Fully Unclean Legal (Water, Air or Soil)

FWPCA Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) (33 USC 1251) 

FWS US-Fish & Wildlife Service (also US-FWS)

HAP Hazardous Air Pollutant

HCP Habitat Conservation Plan (Federal NCCP - Fake Protection)

HOPE Helping Our Peninsula's Environment (that's us!) 

ITP Incidental Take Permit (permits a certain number of Endangered Species to be killed or harmed by a project under the FESA

IP Intellectual Property (Copyright & Patent Law) 

IPM Integrated Pest Management

IS Initial Study (under CEQA

LAFCO Local Agency Formation Commission 

LCP Local Coastal Plan, or Local Coastal Program (both required elements of the Coastal Act) 

Ldn Level Day/Night (Cumulative 24 hour Average Noise)

Lmax Maximum (instantaneous) Noise Level

LOS Level of Service (of Roadways rated "A" through "F",  e.g. A=good, F=gridlock) 

LUP Land Use Plan (the land use subset of a General Plan

MBNMS Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

MMPA Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 USC 1361) 

MND Mitigated Negative Declaration (a document used to avoid environmental impact analysis and disclosure under CEQA

MPF Monterey Pine Forests

MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets - A sheet of paper explaining the hazards of using a particular material.

MVP Minimum Viable Population - the smallest number of individuals that a species can reach and not go extinct.

NCCP Natural Communities Conservation Plan (California's HCP)

ND Negative Declaration (under CEQA a document used to avoid environmental impact analysis and disclosure) 

Neg. Dec. Negative Declaration (see ND) 

NEPA National Environmental Policy Act (41 USC 4321)

NGO Non Governmental Organization - A non-rpofit recognized by the United Nations

NLPD New (24,000 acre foot) Los Padres Dam on the Carmel River 

NMFS US-National Marine Fisheries Service

OE Ordnance (fired but potentially live) & Explosives

OEHHA (California EPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment - Its job is to justify any use of hazardous materials by using mathematics to come up with a number they consider "acceptable risk." OEHHA is known for claiming it is safe to aerially spray untested pesticides on cities, children, and people with weak immune systems in 2008. 

PCB Polychlorinated Biphenyl Congress Prohibited the manufacture and use of PCBs in 1976 with TSCA.

PBC Pebble Beach Company (Developers determined to destroy the last healthy native Monterey pine forest ecosystem to build yet another golf course and hundreds of mansions. Owned by Clint Eastwood, Arnold Palmer & Peter Ueberroth.) 

PG Pacific Grove, California (aka The Lost Hometown) - A town founded in a grove of Monterey pines. Unfortunately,  because the town allowed most of the trees to be logged, law requires the town to be renamed "Pacific Stump."

PP Precautionary Principle

PPM Parts per Million 

PPB Parts per Billion 

PPT Parts per Trillion 

PRA (California) Public Records Act A law requiring bureaucrats to allow inspection of, or provide copies of public documents to anyone who asks.

PUC Public Utilities Commission (decide on your Water & Energy rates)

RAB Restoration Advisory Board (under CERCLA or Superfund)

RCMP Responsible Consumers of the Monterey Peninsula - founded in 1994, is a non-profit organization advocating for public interest consumer choices for Monterey Peninsula citizens which avoid and minimize harm to natural phenomena.

RCRA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 USC 6921) 

RI/FS Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (a phony substitute for an EIS

RSC Rancho San Carlos  (at 31 square miles - The largest subdivision in the United States) 

RWQCB Regional Water Quality Control Board

SARA Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act 

SDWA Safe Drinking Water Act (42 USC 300f) 

SIP State Implementation Plan under the Clean Air Act

SLAPP Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation

SWRCB California Water Resources Control Board 

TAMC Transportation Agency of Monterey County

THP Timber Harvest Plan

TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load (Clean Water Act Pollution Limit)

TSCA Toxic Substances Control Act (15 USC 2601)

USDA United States Department of Agriculture - known for pushing and funding the aerial spraying of secret, untested pesticides on Central Coast children, cities and wildlife in 2007.

USFWS US Fish and Wildlife Service

UXO Unexploded Ordnance (Ammunition which was fired but is still potentially live, generally left in the field.)

VOC Volatile Organic Compound

WLPZ Watercourse and Lake Protection Zone 

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