For far too long, the Geology Board has ignored the unlicensed practice of geology, hydrogeology and engineering geology. The most persistent violators of the geology licensing laws (RCW 18.220) has been the Washington State Department of Ecology (“Ecology”). Ecology staff assume titles such as “Hydrogeologist” despite having no license to do so. Ecology wetland scientists regularly and openly practice hydrogeology and geomorphology without a license.
Unlicensed Ecology staff have been so bold as to have rejected the geological reports of licensed professionals, harming the public welfare and interfering with the right of licensed professionals to practice their lawful profession. Other professions requiring an intensive degree would not put up with such flagrant disregard to the field, especially from the government!
Despite complaints filed with the Board of Geology, the Board has not made any enforcement against these activities. In fact, the Board has published specific policies outlining their official stance of non-enforcement of this issue. In so doing, the Board has aided and abetted the unlicensed practice of geology.
Whatcom County CAPR encourages community members to sign the petition to insist that the Geology Licensing Board fulfill its statutory authority to protect the welfare of Washington citizens by vigorous enforcement against unlicensed practice. If the Board will not follow the laws, we will call on the Legislature and Governor to consolidate the Board of Geology with the Board of Engineering (as has been done in California), or to do away with the Board of Geology altogether.