Welcome to the California State Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)
The mission of the State Mining and Geology Board is to provide professional expertise and guidance, and to represent the State's interest in the development, utilization, and conservation of mineral resources, the reclamation of mined lands, and the development and dissemination of geologic and seismic hazard information to protect the health and welfare of the people of California.
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December 20, 2017
The Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has approved the SMGB's rulemaking package associated with Vested Rights Determinations. For more information, please click here
November 7, 2017
The SMGB held a hearing on November 17, 2017 to receive public comment on the Preliminary Review Maps of new and revised Seismic Hazard Zones which were released to the cities of Antioch, Belmont, Brentwood, Burlingame, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Murrieta, Oakley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Temecula, and Wildomar and the Counties of Contra Costa, Riverside, and San Mateo by the California Geological Survey. The 90-day public comment commenced on August 17, 2017 and ended on November 17, 2017. The public hearing notice can be found
October 5, 2017
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS – CEQA CONTRACTOR
The SMGB is currently seeking a contractor to perform environmental assessments pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) for potential future reclamation activities at various surface mine sites. Applicants should submit a statement of qualifications to the SMGB office no later than 5:00P.M. on Monday, November 20, 2017. Please refer to the
Request for Qualifications
for further information.
September 25, 2017
The SMGB held a hearing on September 21, 2017 to receive public comment on the Preliminary Review Maps of proposed new and revised Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones which were released to the County of Napa and the cities of Napa and Vallejo by the California Geological Survey (CGS). The 90-day public comment period commenced on July 13, 2017 and ended on October 11, 2017. The public hearing notice can be found
September 25, 2017
The SMGB held a hearing on September 26, 2017 to receive public comment on the Preliminary Review Maps of proposed new and revised Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones which were released to the cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood, and the County of Los Angeles by the California Geological Survey (CGS). The 90-day public comment period commenced on July 13, 2017 and ended on October 11, 2017. The public hearing notice can be found
The next regular business meeting is scheduled for January 11 and will be held in Sacramento.
The SMGB is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor, and confirmed by the Senate, for four-year terms. The SMGB serves as a regulatory, policy, and appeals body representing the State's interests in geology, geologic and seismologic hazards, conservation of mineral resources and reclamation of lands following surface mining activities.
The SMGB operates within the Department of Conservation, and is granted certain autonomous responsibilities and obligations under several statutes including the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zoning Act, the Seismic Hazards Mapping Act, and the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. The SMGB's general authority is granted under
Public Resources Code (PRC) Sections 660-678. Specifically, PRC Section 662(b) requires all SMGB members to "represent the general public interest".
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