Terms and Definitions
This section is currently incomplete. Additional terms and definitions will be added in the future.
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American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) — site
An association of port authorities in the United States.
Associate Development Organization (ADO)
The lead agency for economic development in each Washington State county as designated by the board of county commissioners. More specifically, an ADO is a local economic development nonprofit corporation that is broadly representative of community interests. Also refered to as an economic development council (EDC).
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Burlington Northern Santa-Fe Railroad (BNSF) — site
A railway company serving the Washington side of the Columbia River including the Port of Klickitat property at Dallesport.
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Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) — site
Washington State's strategic economic development resource, this board partners with local government to finance public infrastructure and encourage the creation of jobs through development and expansion.
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Leasehold Excise Tax (LET) — info
A Washington State tax on the use of public property by private or commercial businesses. The tax is in lieu of property taxes.
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Maritime Administration (MARAD) — site
An agency of the U.S. Department of Transporation charged with promoting the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system as well as insure the viability of the U.S. merchant marine.
Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) — info
A Washington State law that funds contaminated site cleanup, pollution prevention, and hazardous waste management.
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Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers (PCC) — site
A regional association of port authorities in Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington State.
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Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) — site
A Washington State agency charged with managing various grant programs that help create outdoor recreation opportunities and protect wildlife habitat.
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Shoreline Management Act (SMA) — info
A Washington State law passed by the legislature in 1971 and adopted by voters in 1972 with the goal of preventing the inherent harm posed by uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the state's shorelines.
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United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) — site
A branch of the United States armed services responsible operating and maintaining navigation locks, hydroelectric dams, reservoirs, and waterways (including the Columbia River). Also known as simply the "Army Corps".
United States Coast Guard (USCG) — site
A branch of the United States armed services responsible for protecting the nation's coastlines and inland waterways (including the Columbia River).
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Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) — site
A state-wide association of Washington port districts.