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Environment Canada Pollution Prevention Glossary
Environment Canada Water webpage Glossary
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario - Glossary of Environmental Terms (pdf format)
Glossary of Reclamation and Remediation Terms Used in Alberta - 6th Edition. (pdf format), Alberta Environment, Environmental Sciences Division
Glossary of Water Quality Terms, British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection
Standards Council of Canada list of Acronyms
"A guide to the most common acronyms used in the world of standardization."