Laurie Racca, PG and Ric Moore, PLS
Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Groundwater management, especially the area of soil and groundwater contamination assessment and cleanup, is a multidisciplinary field which draws upon the knowledge and skills of a wide variety of experts. Knowledge of the laws and regulations that govern licensed professionals in California is essential to ensuring that this critical work is done by qualified individuals. The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists (BPELSG) role is to protect the public and environment by promoting standards for competence and integrity through licensing and regulating the Board’s professions. All professions are faced with a paradigm shift in how the consumer and public agencies perceive these professions and how their respective practices are performed...now and into the future.
Some of the challenges that lie ahead include: untangling the maze of local jurisdictions that are confounded by the difference between a practice licensing act (such as the PG license) and a title licensing act (such as the CEG or CHG specialty licenses), keeping our licensing tests current with the state of the practice by the different licensees, and keeping our procedures and statutory obligations current too. It is our belief that we need more frequent feedback from stakeholders about these issues, as well as greater participation by our licensees for activities pursued by the Board that impact our respective futures.
BPELSG is inviting you have a "round table discussion" focused on the evolution and current status of licensing laws and regulations, a review of key concepts regarding professional licensure, and the importance of mentoring young professionals. We look forward to collecting valuable constructive input and feedback from the membership of GRAC.
Early Registration (by July 22) is $75 for Members* and $100 for
Registration after July 22 is $100 for Members* and $125 for Non-Members*
Laurie Racca, PG, is a licensed Professional Geologist with 25 years of experience specializing in complex environmental site investigations and leading multidisciplinary teams. Her experience includes working in private environmental and geotechnical consulting, providing regulatory agency oversight large military and civilian environmental cleanups for the Department of Toxic Substances Control, and investigating fraud, waste and abuse as part of the Office of Enforcement at the State Water Resources Control Board. She was appointed as the Senior Registrar for Geologists and Geophysicists by BPELSG in June 2015.
Ric Moore, PLS, Executive Officer, BPELSG began his Surveying career over 34 years ago working in the private sector in Colorado, Arizona, and New England before moving to California in 1990. While working in the Ventura / Santa Barbara areas, he began assisting with state Land Surveyor exam grading and development. In 2007 Ric became the Land Surveyor Consultant to what was then BPELS. When the Senior Registrar Land Surveyor position was created, he applied, and was hired to that position. After managing the internal licensing examination operations of the Board, Ric was appointed by the Board to be the BPELSG Executive Officer in July 2011.
Tom McCarthy works for the City of Anaheim as the Water Planning and Resources Manager in the Public Utilities Department. He also has professional experience working with private firms on water resources and management problems around the world. He is a State of California registered professional civil engineer, as well as a California registered professional geologist.
Mr. McCarthy has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon and a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.