Abbreviations & Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary of Common Acronyms


ABF Aerated Biological Filters
ACRE Applied Coastal Research and Engineering, Inc.
APCC Association to Preserve Cape Cod
AOT Advanced Oxidation Technologies
BCDHE Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment
BMP Best Management Practices
BNR Biological Nitrogen Removal
BOH Board of Health
BOS Board of Selectmen
CCC Cape Cod Commission
CDM Camp, Dresser & McKee, Inc.
CWMP Comprehensive Wastewater Management Planning
DCWMP/DEIR Draft CWMP and Draft Environmental Impact Report
DO Dissolved oxygen
DPW Department of Public Works
DRI Development of Regional Impact
ENF Environmental Notification Form
ENR Enhanced Nitrogen Removal
FAST Fixed Activated Sludge Treatment
FCWMP/FEIR Final Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Report
FFL Falmouth Friendly Lawn
GAC Granular Activated Carbon
GHD An engineering firm
gpd Gallons per day
gpd/sf Gallons per day per square foot
GWDP Groundwater Discharge Permit Program
I/A Innovative and Alternative
I/I Infiltration/inflow
LCP Local Comprehensive Plan
MassDEP Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
MEPA Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act
MEP Massachusetts Estuaries Project
mgd million gallons per day
mg/L milligrams per liter
MMR Massachusetts Military Reservation
MSL Mean Sea Level
NaOCI Sodium Hypochlorite
N2 Nitrogen gas
NERR National Estuarine Research Reserve
NH4 Ammonium Cation
NH3-N Ammonia Nitrogen
NO3-N Nitrate Nitrogen
OH Hydroxyl
O&M Operations & Maintenance
ppm parts per million
psi Pounds per square inch
RBC Rotating Biological Contactor
RO Reverse Osmosis
ROW Right-of-way
RSF Recirculating Sand Filter
SBR Sequencing Batch Reactor
SMAST School of Marine Science and Technology
STEG Septic Tank Effluent Gravity
STEP Septic Tank Effluent Pump
S&W Stearns & Wheler
THM Trihalomethane
TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load
TN Total Nitrogen
TOC Total Organic Carbon
TSS Total Suspended Solids
UMass University of Massachusetts
USEPA United States Environmental Protection Agency
USGS United States Geological Survey
UV Ultraviolet
WPCF Water Pollution Control Facility
WQMC Water Quality Management Committee
WWTF Wastewater Treatment Facility
ZOC Zone of Contribution