BPELSG Updates to Fees

The California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists is proposing to amend Title 16, California Code of Regulations sections 407, 410, and 3005 and to adopt Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 3010 relating to fees and duplicate certificates.  Links to the additional 15-day Notice and its attachments, the Initial Statement of Reasons and its attachments, and the Proposed Regulatory Text are available on the page linked below.

https://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/about_us/rulemaking.shtml

AEG January Meeting! Lower American and Sacramento Rivers Geomorphology

Sacramento AEG present: Lower American and Sacramento Rivers Geomorphology Applications for Bank Erosion and Levee Stability and Ecosystem Restoration, presented by Mitchell Swanson, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants on Tuesday, January 21, 5:30PM at Aviators in Sacramento! We will also host our annual Raffle Prize event and are conducting a used/donated field gear drive for Sacramento State students.

RSVP HERE!

SPEAKER ABSTRACT:

The City of Sacramento and billions of dollars in property value is protected by 26 miles of levee along the south bank Lower American River and the east bank of the Sacramento River. An ongoing effort to strengthen levees and protect them against erosion is being conducted by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA). A recently completed auxiliary spillway on Folsom Dam and updated operations based upon weather forecasting now provides over 200 year level of flood protection. With the new operation manual, an ultimate level of 325-year flood protection will be provided by raising objective flood releases from 115,000 cfs to 160,000 cfs. In 2016, Congress provided funds to upgrade levees against bank erosion or direct erosion failure with the 160,000 cfs release.

The American and Sacramento Rivers have been the subject of detailed geologic mapping and subsurface investigations conducted after 2007 in order to assess levee foundation conditions and underseepage erosion potential. These geotechnical studies, along with detailed lidar surveys and new hydraulic modeling also helped with the analysis of bank erosion potential. They also contribute to past literature and data on the geologic history and evolution of the rivers and their geomorphic behavior over time. Analysis of historical data and accounts provide details of the significant alterations due to post 1850s Euro American land use history greatly affected channel form and processes. The historical period includes: severe sedimentation and channel aggradation due to hydraulic mining from the 1860s to 1950s, construction of levees and fill that afforded floodplain development and urbanization, and gravel mining and dredging. Over time many miles of bank armoring has been installed to protect levees and now many acres of densely urbanized floodplain. These developments have removed significant floodplain areas (up to over 1 mile wide) from flood conveyance and severely concentrated levee channel floodways (as narrow as 900 feet) hydraulic and erosional force.  A series of 5 Erosion Assessments were produced by NHC to identify locations where new bank protection will be needed in order to withstand future floods events and the 160,000 cfs LAR flood release. Through engagement of stakeholders including resource agency biologists, engineers, planners and geomorphologists, plans are being prepared to install needed protection before 2025. The ecological effects of new rip rap bank protection will be offset by incorporating shoreline native vegetation plantings and placement of instream woody materials. Past successes along both rivers demonstrate the viability of habitat creation.

SPEAKER BIO:

Mitchell Swanson is a fluvial geomorphologist with over 35 years of experience in river, stream and wetland restoration and resource management in many locations in California and Nevada. Mitchell graduated with a Bachelors (1981) and Masters (1983) degrees in Earth Sciences from UC Santa Cruz. Since 1983, he has been in the consulting industry and involved in a wide range of flood control planning, resource management, environmental impact studies and restoration projects in Lake Tahoe, Central Valley and Coastal Watersheds. These include pioneering work to incorporate geomorphology and ecosystem processes into flood control facilities and O&M and gravel mining projects and completion of numerous stream restoration projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Presently, Mitchell is working for Northwest Hydraulic Consultants in Sacramento providing support for levee erosion protection and ecosystem restoration in the Lower American and Sacramento Rivers, meadow restoration along the Upper Truckee River in South Lake Tahoe and fish passage / dam removal projects in Southern California.

AGENDA:

  • Social Hour – 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Announcements & Dinner: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Presentation: 7:30-8:30pm

Usual great food, including three meat entrées, salad, rice, potatoes, vegetable and iced tea. A no-host beer and wine bar will be available.

MEETING COSTS AND RSVP:

Members: $30.00

Non-Members: $35.00

Students: $10.00

Cancellations must be made by Noon on Monday, December 9th. If you register after Noon on Monday, December 9th, or walk-in, a $3.00 surcharge will be added to the meeting cost.

Please RSVP HERE!

BPELSG Updated Website, Laws, and Regulations

The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists has just released on its website updated 2020 versions of the Professional Engineers Act, the Professional Land Surveyors’ Act, the Board Rules, the Geologist & Geophysicist Act, and the Regulations Relating to the Practices of Geology and Geophysics.  Please click here to find all the links to the updated laws and regulations, including annotated versions which show the changes that were made in 2019, for your profession.

Just Published! Cities of the World: Geology of San Francisco

Authors: Kenneth A. Johnson and Greg W Bartow

The San Francisco Geology of the Cities of the World illustrates how the siting, history and development of San Francisco is tied into its geology. This book is directed at an audience mainly of geologists, engineers, environmental scientists and planners. A significant difference between this volume and other works addressing the Geology of San Francisco is that this work concentrates on engineering geologic and geotechnical aspects that impacted and continue to affect the development of the city. A major benefit is that the book identifies authors who live or work in the San Francisco region and includes references to other works that can be used to help support the development of an idea of a site setting. The author’s names provide a starting point of contact for persons working or wanting to work in the city for the first time. The book’s cost is set to make it a must for persons working or living in San Francisco as well as anyone interested in the city. Among several topics included are the role the geography of San Francisco played in servicing the Gold Rush in California; development of fill and its impact on the city after the 1906 and 1989 earthquakes. The development of San Francisco Public Utility Commission water transmission and distribution systems; an overview of a number of tunnels in the city; sea level rise assessment and mitigation, the development of tall buildings on complex sites; a picture of local plate tectonics and seismic setting and hazard elements.

You may order copies by calling (650) 591-3505.

If you are a member of AEG you can get a 20% DISCOUNT for the next 90 days! Simply let the ordering staff know that your discount code is: “AEG”

Full Price is $79.95 (does not include shipping)

AEG Member Price: $63.96 (does not include shipping)

BPELSG Announcement!

The California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG) is proposing to amend Title 16, California Code of Regulations sections 407, 410, and 3005 and to adopt Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 3010 relating to fees and duplicate certificates.

On July 11, 2019, the Office of Administrative Law approved the Board’s proposed action to adopt Title 16, California Code of Regulations sections 3022, 3022.1, and 3022.2, and to amend Title 16, California Code of Regulations section 3031. This action clarifies educational and experience requirements for applicants seeking licensure as a professional geologist or professional geophysicist, certification in a specialty in geology or geophysics, and certification as a geologist-in-training. This regulatory action became effective on October 1, 2019.

Links to the Notice and its attachments, the Initial Statement of Reasons and its attachments, and the Proposed Regulatory Text are available  https://www.bpelsg.ca.gov/about_us/rulemaking.shtml

Save the Date and Call for Sponsors and Presenters: 2020 Annual Ray Taber Foundation Drill Class February 28th!

Heads Up! The 2020 Annual Free Drill Seminar presented by the RAY TABER FOUNDATION in association with AEG & CalGeo is just around the corner. Mark your calendar, the date this year is February 28th, 2020 (the final Friday in February), and will again take place at Taber Ranch in the beautiful Capay Valley.

Plan to be a Company Sponsor or to be a Drill Station Presenter . . . or, how about doing both! A Sponsor’s investment of $500 includes an exhibit area where company products or services can be featured, your Company logo on all Drill Class promotional materials (and the Ray Taber Foundation website), an opportunity to present your firm at the “mini job fair” station of the Drill Class to over 130+ students (+30 at a time), and, most important, an unparalleled opportunity for a “give back” with your financial support going directly to geo-science leaders of the future.

To become a Sponsor or a Presenter, contact Meredith Young at myoung@raytaberfoundation.org or by calling 916-402-7506.

The Ray Taber Foundation is an IRS approved non-profit organization providing educational opportunities and scholarship assistance to encourage and support students in the geo-sciences.

Annual Joint AEG/GRA Holiday Meeting!

Sacramento AEG and Sacramento GRA Present: “Drilling Disasters and What Can We Learn” Gary L. Hix, RG, CWD/PI, NGWA Groundwater Foundation 2019 McEllhiney Lecturer

Mr. Hix has been a fixture in numerous and varied capacities in the groundwater industry for nearly 40 years. A former licensed water well drilling contractor and registered geologist, Mr. Hix is actively involved in the National Ground Water Association and the Arizona Water Well Association. Throughout his career, he has been a contributing Water Well Journal® editor and has taught classes for the Bureau of Land Management and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service.


Mr. Hix is semiretired but continues to share his groundwater knowledge through published articles, most recently publishing the e-book titled Domestic Water Wells in Arizona, A Guide for Realtors and Mortgage Lenders.

In this lecture, Mr. Hix will discuss how each of these experiences presents an opportunity to learn, to avoid similar distress in the future, and to contribute to business profitability and ongoing good will.

AGENDA:

Social Hour – 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Announcements & Dinner – 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presentation – 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Raffle – 8:30-9:00 p.m.
Usual great food, including three meat entrées, salad, rice, potatoes, vegetable and iced tea. A no-host beer and wine bar will be available.

Raffle prizes are welcome and encouraged! Please bring prizes that geology and engineer-types will love (rocks, minerals, books, beer, wine…). All proceeds will benefit geology students in the local area, so be generous and help support our next generation of geologists.

MEETING COSTS AND RSVP:

Members: $33.00
Non-Members: $38.00
Students: $10.00

Cancellations must be made by Noon on Monday, December 9th. If you register after Noon on Monday, December 9th, or walk-in, a $3.00 surcharge will be added to the meeting cost.

Please RSVP online with GRA HERE

USED GEAR FOR CSUS GEOLOGY STUDENT FIELDWORK

Sacramento State Geology Department would like help outfitting students for geological field work.  If you have, used but functional gear that you no longer need, please bring your donations (for example: Field pants, jackets, boots, hiking backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads)