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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.




February 13, 2015: 

Assembly Bill 320 would authorize licensure of ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERS. This would be a "Title Act" license.  If AB 320 is passed and becomes law, only a licensed ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER could use the title.  The bill is sponsorered by the Professional Engineers in California Government and authored by Assembly Member Jim Wood.  The text of the bill are included at the bottom of this page, or can be seen here:  

Links: AB-320:


COMMENTS:  CCGO is very concerned that this may be the start to reduce or elimiate geologist's role in directing, designing, and stamping plans and implementation documents for remediation projects.  

CCGO Goals for 2015

·         Address AB-320 Environmental Engineers Title Act.

·         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)

California Board for Professional Engineers, Landsurveyors and Geologists:

California Geological Survey:

California Code of Regulations:

Federal Code of Regulations:

California Geologic Maps:

California Groundwater Association: 

California Stormwater Association:

California Stormwater Program:

California State Water Boards:

California Department of Toxic Substances Control:

California Environmental Databases: 



California EPA:

Certified Professional in Erosion Sediment Control:

Geological Society of America:

California Groundwater Resources Association:






INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Wood

FEBRUARY 13, 2015

An act to amend Section 6732 of the Business and Professions Code relating to engineers.


AB 320, as introduced, Wood. Engineers.



Existing law provides for the licensing and regulation of

professional engineers and land surveyors by the Board for

Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists in the

Department of Consumer Affairs. Existing law prohibits a person from

representing himself or herself as an engineer, as described by

various titles, unless the person is licensed as an engineer.

Existing law makes a violation of those prohibitions a misdemeanor.

This bill would additionally prohibit a person from using the

title "environmental engineer" unless the person is licensed as an

engineer. The bill would provide legislative findings and

declarations in support of the licensure of environmental engineers

in California. The bill would set forth the intent of the Legislature

that the board be responsible for defining environmental engineering

through rulemaking and that the board adopt standardized examination

materials applicable to environmental engineering, as specified.

By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would

impose a state‐mandated local program.


The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local

agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the

state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that



This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this

act for a specified reason.


Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.

State‐mandated local program: yes.




SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the



(a) Over the past few decades, the study and practice of

environmental engineering has expanded greatly throughout California

and the nation. Many colleges in California have accredited

environmental engineering programs and thousands of California

engineers currently provide essential environmental engineering

services to all levels of government, private industry, and the



(b) Despite leading the way in environmental protection and global

climate change remediation programs, the State of California is an

anomaly in that it does not currently offer a pathway for the

licensure of environmental engineers. Forty‐eight other states test

and provide a licensing path for environmental engineers. Hawaii and

California currently do not.


 (c) As programs of environmental mitigation and protection

continue to expand in scope and complexity for our air, water, and

soil testing and certification of environmental engineers is needed

to establish benchmarks for competency to protect and safeguard the



(d) The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and

Geologists (BPELSG) safeguards the life, health, property, and public

welfare by regulating the practice of professional engineering. The

BPELSG provides this public service by testing and licensing

individuals, establishing regulations, enforcing laws and

regulations, and providing information so that consumers can make

informed decisions.


(e) In the early 1970s, the BPELSG created title acts in the

branches of agriculture, control system, corrosion, fire protection,

manufacturing, nuclear, quality, safety, and traffic. At that time,

the BPELSG did not approve a petition to add an environmental

engineer title act. In 1986, the authority to establish new title

registration branches returned to the Legislature.


(f) In California, professional engineers are licensed in the

three practice act categories of civil, electrical, and mechanical

engineering, and licensed in the 10 title act categories of

agricultural, chemical, control system, fire protection, industrial,

manufacturing, metallurgical, nuclear, petroleum, and traffic



(g) Environmental engineering is the branch of engineering that

understands and applies engineering principles in the areas of solid

waste management, water supply and treatment, wastewater treatment,

air pollution management, hazardous waste management, and related

environmental and public health impact, assessment, and mitigation

including the physical, chemical, and biological processes by which

pollutants form, release, disperse, react, or neutralize in air,

water, or soil.


(h) Given the proliferation of the practice of environmental

engineering in the public and private sectors in California, it is

now necessary to create an environmental engineering title act within

the Professional Engineers Act to safeguard life, health, property,

and the public welfare and regulating this profession.


(i) It is the intent of the Legislature that the BPELSG will be

responsible for defining "environmental engineering" through

rulemaking, adding to the definitions found in Section 404 of Title

16 of the California Code of Regulations, and using the same process

used to define the other title acts. It is the intent of the

Legislature that the BPELSG will also adopt national standardized

examination materials applicable to environmental engineering,

similar to testing for other branches of engineering.


(j) Creating a new environmental engineering title act does not

require the expenditure of state funds. Just as is the case with

other practice and title act licensees, it is the intent of the

Legislature that applicant fees will cover the cost of license and



SEC. 2. Section 6732 of the Business and Professions Code is

amended to read:


6732. It is unlawful for anyone other than a professional

engineer licensed under this chapter to stamp or seal any plans,

specifications, plats, reports, or other documents with the seal or

stamp of a professional engineer, or in any manner, use the title

"professional engineer," "licensed engineer," "registered engineer,"

or "consulting engineer," or any of the following branch titles:

"agricultural engineer," "chemical engineer," "civil engineer,"

"control system engineer," "electrical engineer," "environmental

engineer," "fire protection engineer," "industrial engineer,"

"mechanical engineer," "metallurgical engineer," "nuclear engineer,"

"petroleum engineer," or "traffic engineer," or any combination of

these words and phrases or abbreviations thereof unless licensed

under this chapter.


SEC. 3. No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to

Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because

the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school

district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or

infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty

for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the

Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the

meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California


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