News Briefs
February 3, 2017
IN THIS ISSUE...

Jobs

Interested in a career in mosquito and vector control? Check out the MVCAC Job Board at www.mvcac.org

 

Have a Job or RFP to post to MVCAC.org?  

Requests to post job listings (no more than 500 words in length) should be submitted to the webmaster at rhickerson@amgroup.us.

 

Do you have important news to share about your district or mosquito and vector issues?

If you would like your news to be included in the MVCAC News Briefs, please send press releases and/or links to relevant news articles to mvcac@mvcac.org
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MVCAC Sustaining Member Corner
Note: MVCAC does not endorse the products below, but we do support our Sustaining Members
Central Life Sciences has announced the release of Aqua Zenivex™ E20, a reduced-risk adulticide for mosquito control professionals.  




















February Board Meeting and Lobby Day
February 6 and 7 
Sacramento, CA
Sheraton Grand Sacramento

Draft Schedule:
9-Noon for the Board  Meeting (February 6)  
2-4pm for Leg Day training   (Feburary 6)
8AM for Leg Day  (February 7)

The Board Meeting Agenda is available now, please click here to login and view.

For more information please visit our website.
Proposed MVCAC Administrative Policy Change and Dues Policy Change
As discussed at the December Planning Meeting, there is a proposed change to the MVCAC Administrative Policy regarding holding a separate budget meeting for those interested in attending.
Please Click here to see this proposed change

Also from the planning meeting was establishing deadlines for dues payments and a late fee added to late payments. 
Please Click here to see this proposal

These changes will be voted on at the February 6th Board of Directors meeting, so please make sure to discuss your thoughts with your regional representative regarding these changes.
2017 Annual Conference
March 26-29
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay (San Diego)

Register:
Click here  to login and register online now!
Click here  to download the registration form

Hotel Rooms:
Have you reserved your rooms yet?  They are close to selling out!
Click here to book your hotel room(s) -  $139 plus taxes and an optional resort fee
Please note: The MVCAC policy for booking rooms will be in effect for this meeting (a first night's deposit required at time of reservation being made).

DRAFT ScheduleClick here to download (updated 2.3.17)

Exhibitors/Sponsors:
Click here to view the exhibitor prospectus

For more information, visit our website.
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MVCAC Munzy Memorial Golf Tournament
Sunday, March 26, 2017 - noon start
Riverwalk Golf Club (http://www.riverwalkgc.com/)

Cost: $75 per player includes cart and range balls.
Payment due ASAP but by March 1, 2017 at latest.

Make checks payable to Craig Downs and send to:
Craig Downs
407 Sanborn Court
Benicia, CA 94510

Note: If you have a preference or are paying for a foursome, include playing partners (if requesting playing partners, confirm with them and have them acknowledge me).
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MVCAC 5k Fun Run

Getting in early to San Diego but you don't golf? Come take a relaxing run or walk along the shore in the First (ever?) MVCAC 5K Run/Walk! Entrants will compete for the top prize on Sunday at 2 pm. All paid entrants will receive a  custom/commemorative  water bottle and a refreshing beverage of their choice at that evening's opening reception. Proceeds will benefit the Munzy Fund. 

2017 - 2018 MVCAC Meeting Dates Posted!
The 2017 - 2018 MVCAC meeting dates have been posted on our website, mark your calendars!

Survey: Overcoming Financial & Institutional Barriers to Local Adaptation
From: The Office of Planning and Research

Dear local government staff member,

As part of a research project being conducted for California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment, we are requesting your input through an online survey to better understand the financial barriers and challenges that California local governments face related to implementing climate change adaptation measures.

If you work in local government and perform activities related to researching, planning, financing, convening stakeholders for, and/or implementing adaptation activities, we hope that you can take 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to share about your valuable experience and insights through this survey.

Take the Survey!

Thank you in advance for taking this survey, or if you have already taken the survey. We would greatly appreciate any support you can provide in sharing this opportunity with your colleagues who work in local government.

This survey is being conducted by ICF, Local Government Commission, and Susanne Moser Research & Consulting.

Job Opening: Vector Ecologist, San Joaquin County MVCD
February 2, 2017

FILING DEADLINE: March 17, 2017 or until filled

Application Process 
Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and a complete and current resume/CV that includes three verifiable references. Those invited to be interviewed will be required to complete a District employment application form. Please direct all correspondence to:

San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District 
Attn: Eddie Lucchesi, Manager 
7759 South Airport Way 
Stockton, CA 95206

Or electronically:
elucchesi@sjmosquito.org

SUMMARY: Under the general direction of the Entomologist or his/her designee, the Vector Ecologist assists with a variety of routine and standard biological and entomological activities to support the District's vector surveillance and control program, vector-borne disease surveillance and prevention program, and relative research projects; and perform related laboratory and field work as required.

Job Opening: District Manager of the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District 
January 23, 2017

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District is seeking qualified candidates for the position of District Manager.

Application Procedure:
To be considered for this exciting opportunity, candidates should complete an online application and the required Supplemental Questionnaire through CalOpps.org. Follow the link below to apply:
 
Deadline to Apply:  February 13, 2017
 
All inquiries about this position may be directed to cbaldwin@rgs.ca.gov . Neither Regional Government Services nor the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District are responsible for failure of internet forms or email in submitting your application. Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing cbaldwin@rgs.ca.gov

Please click here for more information.
2017 Sentinel Chicken Orders 
Chickens are being supplied by Haley Farms in Modesto for Northern California and by Demler Egg Ranch for Southern California.  


The form due dates and chicken pick-up dates are as follows:
Southern Region: (Demler)
Pick-up date:  March 30, 2017 (8 a.m.) in San Jacinto
Order form due date: March 15, 2017

Northern Region: (Haley's)
Pick-up date:  April 20, 2017 (7 a.m. - 9 a.m.) in Modesto
Order form due date: April 5, 2017

For more information, please visit our website.
NPDES Notification for 2017
To assist MVCAC NPDES Coalition members in preparing the annual report to the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), MVCAC is providing the Sacramento/Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control annual report to be used as a template. Districts need to submit four items to the State Water Board.  Your report does NOT need to be sent to your regional boards.  

The MVCAC NPDES Coalition 2016 annual report will be submitted to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) soon.

Each agency must submit the following:
  1. Cover Letter 
  2. Narrative Annual Report 
  3. Map of all treatments to WOTUS 
  4. Application Log of all applications to WOTUS 
Please submit your annual report to the SWRCB contacts below via email:
Please also bcc Rachel Hickerson:  rhickerson@amgroup.us from AMG when you send your package to the SWRCB. 
 
The cover letter should still be addressed to Victoria Whitney. The Vector Control permit annual report is due March 1st. 

Also, make sure the entire following statement is included in your cover letter and signed by the appropriate person:

Per Attachment B, Section V.B.4 of the General Permit:
"I certify under penalty of law that this document and all attachments were prepared under my direction or supervision in accordance with a system designed to assure that qualified personnel properly gather and evaluate the information submitted. Based on my inquiry of the person or persons who manage the system or those persons directly responsible for gathering the information, the information submitted is, to the best of my knowledge and belief, true, accurate, and complete. I am aware that there are significant penalties for submitting false information, including the possibility of fine and imprisonment for knowing violations." (40 C.F.R. § 122.22(d).)


NPDES Coalition Members
The MVCAC Executive Committee has approved the renewal of the NPDES Coalition Agreement for the monitoring and reporting permit for the period 2016-2021. The agreement and rules were emailed to the Districts, please  contact MVCAC Staff if you need another copy.

We need each member of the Coalition to sign and return the permit application either by mail or email.
MVCAC News Briefs - Zika Updates
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding Zika.
CDC Zika Virus Web Page

CDC Zika Virus Microsite

CDPH Zika Virus Web Page

2/2/17: The status of Zika one year later - MedicalXpress
MVCAC News Briefs - Other Outbreaks
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding other outbreaks.
1/31/17: Merced students learn about mosquitoes and the diseases they carry - Merced Sun-Star

1/31/17: Microsoft's Mosquito-Tracking Drones Could Save Lives - TheDrive

1/31/17: Project Premonition by Microsoft is recruiting mosquitoes as field biologists to predict disease outbreaks - Tech2

1/30/17: Residents warned about Ross River virus after confirmed cases hit parts of Victoria - The Stawell Times-News