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California Specific Exam Links -- (Current as of 1/17/20)
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 (pdf)
Geologist and Geophysicist Act (2019) (pdf)
Water Well Drilling Contractor: Business and Professions Code, Sections 7008 and 7059 - CCR Title 16, Div 8, Article 3
California Geology -
California Specific Examination (CSE) for Professional Geologist Test Plan, Effective January 2020 (pdf)
Simplified California Specific Examination (CSE) Blueprint (pdf)
Simplified Geologic Map of California California Geological Survey, Map Sheet 57 (2006) (pdf)
2018 Geologic Map of California
Engineering Geology
California Engineering Geology References -
ASTM D2489-11 Standard Practice for Classifications of Soils for Engineering Purposes (USCS)
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 References -
2010 Fault Activity Map of California (Interactive)
* Special Publication 42 - Fault Rupture Hazard Zones in California Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act (2018) (pdf)
* Special Publication 117A - Guidelines for Evaluating and Mitigating Seismic Hazards (2008) (pdf)
Recommended Procedures for Implementation of DMG Special Publication 117 - Guidelines for Analyzing and Mitigating Liquefaction in California (pdf)
Recommended Procedures for Implementation of DMG Special Publication 117 - Guidelines for Analyzing and Mitigating Landslide Hazards in California (pdf)
Special Publication 118 - Recommended Criteria For Delineating Seismic Hazard Zones in California (2004) (pdf)
Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, Statutes - Public Resources Code, Division 2, Chapter 7.8, Sec. 2690
Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, Regulations - Public Resources Code, Title 14, division 2, Chapter 8, 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) (pdf)
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 (pdf)
CGS Note 31 - Faults and Earthquakes in California (pdf)
Estimated Annualized Earthquake Losses for the United States-2017 (pdf)
Hydrogeology -
California Hydrogeology Reference Links -
CA DWR Bulletin 118 - California’s Groundwater (2003) (pdf)
* CA DWR Bulletin 118 - Interim Update 2016 (pdf)
8 California Well Standards: California Department of Water Resources, Bulletin 74-90 (Supplement to Bulletin 74-81), June 1991
* California Well Standards: California Department of Water Resources, Bulletins 74-81, December 1981
* Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act 1998 (January, 2018) (pdf)
California Water Plan Update (2018)
Groundwater Availability of the Central Valley Aquifer USGS PP 1766
California Environmental Reference Links -
* Abandoned Mine Lands Preliminary Assessment Handbook Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), February 1999
* Advisory Active Soil Gas Investigations, Cal EPA, DTSC, LA Regional Water Quality Control Board, SF Regional Water Quality Board, July 2015
* Final Guidance for the Evaluation and Mitigation of Subsurface Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air (Vapor Intrusion Guidance), DTSC, October 2011
* Preliminary Endangerment Assessment Guidance Manual, EPA, DTSC, October 2015
* Leaking Underground Fuel Tank (LUFT) Guidance Manual (2012) (pdf)
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 E2247-16 - Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase 1 Env Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property
ASTM E2600-15 - 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 (2018) (pdf)
CCR Title 23 - Division 3 - Chapter 15 - California Code of Regulations - Discharges of Hazardous Waste to Land (pdf)
CCR Title 23 - Division 3 - Chapter 16 - California Code of Regulations - Underground Tank Regulations (2011) (pdf)
California Water Code
* California Well Standards
Health & Safety Code - Division 20 Miscellaneous Health and Safety Provisions (hazardous waste statutes)
Titles 17 & 22, Chapter 15 California Drinking Water Standards, (2016) (pdf)
Water Rights
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) (Superfund)
Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) Statutes & Regulations (pdf)
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 (pdf)
CGS Note 49 - Guidelines for Evaluating the Hazard of Surface Fault Rupture (pdf)
CGS Note 52 - Guidelines for Preparing Geologic Reports for Regional-Scale Environmental and Resource Management Planning (pdf)
* CGS Special Publication 124 - Guidelines for Geologic Investigations of Naturally Occurring Asbestos (pdf)
Professional Practice and Ethics Guidelines -
AEG Professional Practice Handbook (pdf)
AGI Guidelines for Ethical Professional Conduct
AIPG Code of Ethics
California Professional Standards and Code of Professional Conduct - 16CCR, Section 3065 (pdf)

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