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Water Science Glossary of Terms
161 definitions by U.S. Geological Survey

100-Year FloodAcequiaAcre-Foot (Acre-Ft)AlkalineAlkalinityAlluviumAppropriation DoctrineAquacultureAqueductAquiferAquifer (Confined)Aquifer (Unconfined)Artesian WaterArtificial RechargeBase FlowBedrockCapillary ActionCommercial Water UseCondensationConfined GroundwaterConsumptive UseConveyance LossCubic Feet Per Second (CFS)DesalinationDischargeDomestic Water UseDrainage BasinDrawdownDrip IrrigationEffluentErosionEstuaryEvaporationEvapotranspirationFloodFlood PlainFlood StageFloodwayFlowing Well/SpringFresh WaterGage HeightGaging StationGeyserGiardiasisGlacierGreywaterGroundwaterGroundwater RechargeHardnessHeadwater(s)Hydroelectric Power Water UseHydrologic CycleImpermeable LayerIndustrial Water UseInfiltrationInjection WellIrrigationIrrigation Water UseKilogramKiloWatthour (kWh)LeachingLentic WatersLeveeLivestock Water UseLotic WatersMaximum Contaminant Level (MCL)Milligram (mg)Milligrams Per Liter (mg/l)Million Gallons Per Day (MGD)Mining Water UseMunicipal Water SystemNational Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD)National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD of 1929)Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU)Non-Point Source (NPS) PollutionOrganic MatterOsmosisOutfallOxygen DemandParticle SizeParts per BillionParts Per MillionPathogenPeak FlowPer Capita UsePercentilePercolationPermeabilitypHPoint-Source PollutionPolychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)PorosityPotable WaterPotentiometric Surface/Piezometric SurfacePrecipitationPrimary Wastewater TreatmentPrior Appropriation DoctrinePublic SupplyPublic Water UseRating CurveRechargeReclaimed WastewaterRecycled WaterReservoirReturn FlowReturn Flow (Irrigation)Reverse OsmosisRiparian Water RightsRiverRunoffSaline WaterSecondary Wastewater TreatmentSedimentSedimentary RockSedimentation TanksSeepageSelf-Supplied WaterSeptic TankSettling Pond (Water Quality)Sewage Treatment PlantSewerSinkholeSoluteSolutionSolventSpecific ConductanceSprainSpray IrrigationSpringStorm SewerStreamStreamflowSubsidenceSurface TensionSurface WaterSuspended SedimentSuspended-Sediment ConcentrationSuspended-Sediment DischargeSuspended SolidsTertiary Wastewater TreatmentThermal PollutionThermoelectric Power Water UseTransmissibility (Groundwater)TranspirationTributaryTurbidityUnconfined GroundwaterUnsaturated ZoneWastewaterWastewater-Treatment Return FlowWater CycleWater QualityWatershedWater TableWater UseWater YearWatthour (Wh)Well (Water)WithdrawalXeriscapingYield
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2016-05-02
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