Army Corps of Engineers ACOE
Corps of Engineers.
U.S. Ballast Water Management Regulation
Mandatory regulations, enforced cooperatively by the U.S. and Canadian
Coast Guards, that prohibit a commercial trans-oceanic vessel from importing ballast
water having salinity values less than 30 parts per thousand
into the Great Lakes in an effort aimed at preventing
further introductions of harmful freshwater exotic species.
U.S. Coast Guard USCG
As mandated by federal
law, the Coast Guard promotes safe and efficient passage of marine and air traffic
of coastal waters by providing: 1) a continuous, accurate, all-weather radio navigation
service; 2) warnings of dangers and obstructions by providing visual or electronic
signals, buoys and lights; and 3) search and rescue services for commerce and
recreation. They also help prevent pollution by inspecting vessels and aiding
in pollution clean-up efforts.
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
A volunteer civilian organization established by Congress
in 1939 to assist the U.S. Coast Guard in promoting safety
in U.S. recreational boating.
United States Code USC
An abbreviation used to identify federal statutes. It
is used when referring to a specific code section(s). For example, the Clean
Water Act is 33 U.S.C. 1251-1387.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
A federal agency that administers the Natural
Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service, among others.
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Animal and
Inspection Service APHIS
An agency that inspects incoming agriculture,
livestock, and produce for disease and pest-related disease.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA or U.S. EPA
See Environmental Protection Agency.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS
A federal agency whose mission is "to conserve, protect, and enhance
the Nation's fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit
Geological Survey USGS
A federal agency that performs surveys,
investigations, and research covering topography, geology, and the mineral and
water resources of the United States.