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the California Specific Exam and
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California Specific Exam Links -- (Current as of 4/1/2017)
All references noted with an * are Board Specified References

Professional Practice - Laws and Regulations
* California Professional Standards and Code of Professional Conduct - 16CCR, Section 3065)
* Geologist and Geophysicist Act (January 2015))
* Water Well Drilling Contractor: Business and Professions Code, Sections 7008 and 7059 - CCR Title 16, Div 8, Article 3
California Geology -
California Board's Geologist – California Specific Examination Outline, August 2013
Simplified California Specific Examination (CSE) Blueprint
Simplified Geologic Map of California California Geological Survey, Map Sheet 57
2010 Geologic Map of California (Interactive)
Engineering Geology
California Engineering Regulations, Standards and Guidelines -
* ASTM D2489-11 Standard Practice for Classifications of Soils for Engineering Purposes (USCS)
* ASTM 422-63(2007)e2 Standard Test Method for Particle-Size Analysis of Soils is listed on the CA Recommended References list but is no longer available. The following 2 references cover coarse grained and fine grained analyses respectively.
ASTM D6913 - 04(2009)e1 Standard Test Methods for Particle-Size Distribution (Gradation) of Soils Using Sieve Analysis
ASTM D7928 - 16e1 Standard Test Method for Particle-Size Distribution (Gradation) of Fine-Grained Soils Using the Sedimentation (Hydrometer) Analysis
* California Building Code, 2013, CCR Title 24, Part 2, Chapter 16, 16A, 18, 18A, 33 and Appendix J
* California Health and Safety Code, 2014, Division 20 Miscellaneous Health and Safety Provisions
* Cal/OSHA, 2008, Excavations CCR Title 8 Division 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter 4, Construction Saftey Orders
Seismic Hazards and Regulations -
2010 Fault Activity Map of California (Interactive)
* Special Publication 42 - Fault Rupture Hazard Zones in California Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act (2007)
* Special Publication 117A - Guidelines for Evaluating and Mitigating Seismic Hazards (2008)
Recommended Procedures for Implementation of DMG Special Publication 117 - Guidelines for Analyzing and Mitigating Liquefaction in California
Recommended Procedures for Implementation of DMG Special Publication 117 - Guidelines for Analyzing and Mitigating Landslide Hazards in California
Special Publication 118 - Recommended Criteria For Delineating Seismic Hazard Zones in California (2004)
* Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, Statutes - Public Resources Code, Chapter 7.8, Sec. 2690
* Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, Regulations - Public Resources Code, Title 14, division 2, Subchapter 1, Article 10, Sec. 3720
Significant California Earthquakes
Focal Mechanisms (Beachball Theory)
* USGS Open-File Report 2013-1165 - Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast, Version 3 (UCERF3)
The Tsunami Threat to California (2005)
Tsunami Runup Height in California - Appendix A
Quaternary Fold & Fault Database
CGS Map Sheet 49 - Epicenters of and Areas Damaged by M>5 California Earthquakes 1800-1999
CGS Note 55 Tsunamis - Epicenters of and Areas Damaged by M>5 California Earthquakes 1800-1999
* CGS Note 31 - Faults and Earthquakes in California
Estimated Annualized Earthquake Losses for the United States-2017
Hydrogeology -
California Hydrogeology/Environmental Geology Links -
* CA DWR Bulletin 118 - California’s Groundwater (2003)
California Water Plan Update (2013)
USGS PP 1766, Groundwater Availability of the Central Valley Aquifer
California Hydro & Environmental Regulations, Standards and Guidelines -
* ASTM E1527-13 - Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase 1 Env Site Assessment Process
* ASTM E1903-11 - Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase 2 Env Site Assessment Process
* ASTM E2247-08 - Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase 1 Env Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property
* ASTM E2600-10 - Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment Screening on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions
* CCR Title 27, Env Protection, Div 2, Solid Waste, Chapter 3 - Criteria for all Waste Management Units, Facilities, and Disposal Sites
* CCR Title 22, Div 4.5 - Environmental Health Standards for the Management of Hazardous Waste
* California Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Substances Law Code Excerpts
* Preliminary Endangerment Assessment (PEA) Guidance Manual
* CCR Title 23 - Division 3 - Chapter 15 - California Code of Regulations - Discharges of Hazardous Waste to Land
* CCR Title 23 - Division 3 - Chapter 16 - California Code of Regulations - Underground Tank Regulations
* California Water Code
* Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act 1998 (January 1, 2015)
* California Well Standards
Health & Safety Code - Division 20 Miscellaneous Health and Safety Provisions (hazardous waste statutes)
* California Drinking Water Standards, Titles 17 & 22, Chapter 15
* Leaking Underground Fuel Tank (LUFT) Guidance Manual
* Water Rights
*Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) (Superfund)
Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) Statutes
Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) Regulations
Checklists & Guidelines -
California Specific Examination (CSE) Reference List
CGS Notes
CGS Note 41 - Guidelines for Reviewing Geologic Reports
* CGS Note 48 - Checklist for the Review of Engineering Geology and Seismology Reports for California Public Schools, Hospitals, and Essential Buildings
CGS Note 49 - Guidelines for Evaluating the Hazard of Surface Fault Rupture
CGS Note 52 - Guidelines for Preparing Geologic Reports for Regional-Scale Environmental and Resource Management Planning
* CGS Special Publication 124 - Guidelines for Geologic Investigations of Naturally Occurring Asbestos
Professional Practice and Ethics Guidelines -
AEG Professional Practice Handbook
AGI Guidelines for Ethical Professional Conduct
AIPG Code of Ethics
* California Professional Standards and Code of Professional Conduct - 16CCR, Section 3065)

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