"The Interagency Committee on Dam Safety (ICODS) was established to provide the Federal agencies involved in dam safety with the opportunity to coordinate their dam safety activities. One of the goals of ICODS is to provide a common forum for the Federal agencies and State officials to exchange ideas and procedures that are used for dam safety and to provide an efficient mechanism for technology transfer. The purpose of this document is to establish a common Glossary of Terms for Dam Safety for use within and among Federal agencies. The objective was to select terms that would be generic and applicable to all dams, regardless of size, owner, or location."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/