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​Welcome to the State Mining & Geology Board (SMGB)

The SMGB represents the State's interest in the development, utilization and conservation of mineral resources; reclamation of mined lands; development of geologic and seismic hazard information; and to provide a forum for public redress.

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  • ​​ Lead agencies under SMARA have numerous responsibilities and obligations, as noted both in statute and regulation.  All responsibilities and obligations of lead agencies implementing SMARA have been compiled into a table.  The intent is for this table to serve as a resource tool for lead agencies and other stakeholders.  The SMGB is posting this preliminary compilation for review and comment prior to finalizing.  The comment period commences September 8, 2015, and ends October 8, 2015.  Written comments may be e-mailed to​ or mailed to:

​​​Stephen Testa, Executive Officer
State Mining and Geology Board
​​801 K Street, MS 20-15
Sacramento, CA 95814

  • On June 11, 2015, the SMGB approved its revised Model Surface Mining and Reclamation Ordinance. It is intended for use by City and County lead agencies desiring assistance in developing their SMARA ordinances.  While this model contains each of the elements required to be in a SMARA ordinance, as well as some additional elements common to ordinances in use statewide, it should be appropriately modified to reflect local conditions and practices.  Some provisions may not be applicable to some lead agencies. The use of this model by a lead agency is discretionary, and its form is not mandated by law.

  • ​On May 28, 2015, the Office of Administrative Law approved the SMGB's regulations pertaining to the designation of mineral lands in the Stockton-Lodi Production-Consumption Region.  This regulatory action will become effective July 1, 2015.  The Final Statement of Reasons may be found here.

  • At its March 12, 2015 regular business meeting, the SMGB adopted the 2015-16 Strategic Plan.​        


Meeting Information​

  • The Agenda Notice for the December 10, 2015 Regular Business meeting taking place in Sacramento can be found here​. Staff reports will be available no later than Friday, December 4.​


​SMGB Authorities

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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