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chemigation


Application of pesticides or fertilizers to farmlands through irrigation systems.
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confining bed


A rock formation that will not readily transmit water and which retards or stops the free movement of water underground. Confining beds have also been called aquicludes, aquitards, or semiconfining beds.
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sludge


A semi-liquid mass of accumulated settled solids deposited from the treatment plant process. Most water treatment plant sludge is inert and can be used as components in some manufactured products and as a base for fertilizer. Also called "residual solids."
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unconstrained demand


The demand that would be experienced were it not for conservation and natural replacement. Usually expressed in thousand acre-feet (KAF).
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awwa


American Water Works Association. The drinking water industry’s trade association; headquarters are in Denver.
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acre-foot


Volume of water required to cover 1 acre of land (43,560 square feet) to a depth of 1 foot, equivalent to 325,851 gallons.
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alluvium


General term for deposits of clay, silt, sand, gravel, or other particulate material deposited by a stream or other body of running water in a streambed, on a flood plain, on a delta, or at the base of a mountain.
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appropriate


To take the legal actions necessary to create a right to take water from a natural stream or aquifer for application to beneficial use.
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appropriation


The right to take water from a natural stream or aquifer for beneficial use at a specified rate of flow, either for immediate use or to store for later use. Usually confirmed by a water court decree. (See also Prior Appropriation, Riparian Rights and Water Right.)
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aquaculture


Art and science of farming organisms that live in water, such as fish, shellfish, and algae.
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