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by proposing, reviewing, and monitoring statutes,
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Welcome to 2015 California Council of Geoscience Organizations (CCGO) web site.  CCGO was formed in 1997 as an umbrella group to represent the interests of geoscience organizations and employers in Sacramento.    CCGO was founded on the idea that together with its members it can present a united front from both the profession and employers when issues arise that affect the practice rights of geoscientists.

CCGO Goals for 2015

·         Develop an appropriate funding mechanism for the organizational members so they can support CCGO, without creating a financial hardship on their groups.  

·         NEW CCGO FUNDING METHOD: The likely new funding method is to allow each committed organizational member to hold ONE annual fund raising meeting for CCGO with the extra proceeds ($10 to $25/person donation) given to CCGO in lieu of annual dues.  Bob Tepel, James Jacobs and others at CCGO are looking into the by-laws to determine how it will be implemented.

·         Monitor legislation that threatens to eliminate licensure in the geosciences profession;

·         Work closely with the BPLEGS as it implements new exam formats for the geosciences licensure examinations;

·         Be a valuable resource for legislators when crafting legislation related to geosciences issues;

·         Provide accurate geosciences information to the media regarding the teaching of earth since (K-12).



An example of a successful CCGO Fundraiser was the 2013 Dinner Meeting on June 12, 2013, Ken Lajoie, retired USGS geologist spoke on the general topic of the geology of San Francisco Bay.  The CCGO Fundraiser has been an annual event for many years and many of the events have been organized by John Karachewski.  

The meeting was offered by the Groundwater Resources Association of California as a CCGO Fundraiser.  It was held at Spenger's Fish Grotto in Berkeley, California.  The cost for the fundraiser was $55/person, and it estimated that the restaurant cost for the meal was about $45/person, so the extra $10/person was the donation to CCGO. The Groundwater Resources Association graciously agreed to allow CCGO use their sign-in process on their web site as well.  Donations were also CCGO welcome.  This CCGO Fundraiser brought in several hundred dollars for CCGO.  Please consider having a CCGO Fundraiser soon!

ANNUAL SACRAMENTO DRIVE-IN:  The Annual Sacramento Drive-In is a time to meet legislators in Sacramento.  CCGO has been running these events since 1999 as a way to stay in front of the legislature and to meet the state employees who run geologic bureaus for California.  The CCGO delegation typically meets with the Executive Officer of the State Mining and Geology Board and the State Geologist.  A photo, below from the 2010 11th Annual CCGO Sacramento Drive-In documents the CCGO interest in meeting key legislators and state employees who work in Sacramento.


As part of the 11th Annual CCGO-CORE Sacramento Drive-In on June 22, 2010, here are the delegates and dignitaries, Left to Right, Jared Pratt (VP CCGO), Stephen Testa (Exec. Officer SMGB), Jim Jacobs (Pres. CCGO/CORE), John Parrish (State Geologist, CGS), Charles Nestle (Past Pres CCGO) and Mark Magargee (CCGO).

What is CCGO? 

The California Council of Geoscience Organizations (CCGO) was formed in 1997 to advocate the use of sound geologic knowledge and practice by proposing, reviewing, and monitoring statutes, regulations, and public policies. Our Mission and Goals reflect our beliefs.

Who are the Members of CCGO?

CCGO is made up of organizations and businesses whose primary focus is in the geosciences, who draw a significant percentage of their membership from California, and who have a direct involvement in California geosciences. Members are actively engaged in serving the interests of the public in matters relating to the geosciences.




(Compiled by Robert Campbell and James Jacobs)

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California State Water Boards:

California Department of Toxic Substances Control:

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