The following glossary is a collection of terms that define physical, chemical, biological,
environmental, ecological, geological and legal aspects of water and water resources. The terms herein are not
necessarily the only valid definitions for these terms. Words and definitions in these glossaries that explain
or summarize elements of existing water law are not intended to change that law in any way.
Sources of each definition are given when available. Please consult the sources for additional
information concerning the terms listed in this glossary. Reference to this and other glossaries
is intended as a guide for water resources planning and design and is not intended to replace the
judgment of a qualified design engineer on a particular project. The United States Government and
the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers assume no liability for interpretations or implementations by users of these terms.
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