News Briefs
April 14, 2017


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MVCAC Sustaining Member Corner
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Central Life Sciences has announced the release of Aqua Zenivex™ E20, a reduced-risk adulticide for mosquito control professionals.  

Mosquito Awareness Week 
MVCAC Press Release: California's wet winter could lead to an early mosquito season and increased virus transmission 
Mosquito Awareness Week educates California residents on preventing mosquito-borne viruses

SACRAMENTO, APRIL 13, 2017 - As California's extremely wet winter comes to a close, mosquito experts throughout the state are ramping up for what will most likely be an early and active mosquito season. While the heavy rains were good for the state's historic drought, they also produce new sources of standing water, the ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

2017 Annual Conference
Speaker slides are available for those interested:
Click here to view
MVCAC Spring Meeting
May 4-5, 2017
Embassy Suites Monterey, Seaside

The hotel room block for this event is now closed.

Schedule of Events:
Click here to download the 2017 Spring Meeting Schedule of Events.
Local Participation Needed
MVCAC is seeking local district staff in the Monterey area who are interested in attending the Association of California Water Agencies Spring Conference from May 9 - May 11. The Association will have an exhibitor booth at the event which will take place at the Monterey Marriott. If you or someone from your district is interested in participating please contact Jenny Dudikoff at
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)
The order form due date and pick-up date for the Southern Region has passed.

Northern Region: (Haley's)
The order form due date for the Northern Region has passed.
Pick-up date: 
April 20, 2017 (7 a.m. - 9 a.m.) in Modesto

For more information, please visit our website.
NPDES Updates
NPDES Coalition Report Filed with SWB
The 2016 NPDES Coalition Report was filed with the State Water Resources Control Board on behalf of the participating districts. You can access a copy of the report in the "Members Only" section of the MVCAC website by clicking here. If you have any questions or issues you can contact the MVCAC office.
Access your Countersigned NPDES Coalition Agreement for 2016
If you would like to access and print a countersigned copy of your District's NPDES Coalition Agreement you can go to the MVCAC website Members only Section and find a copy. They are grouped alphabetically by District name. If you have any problems or questions please contact the MVCAC staff:
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: 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).)

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

4/11/17: Zika vaccine from live virus found to protect mice - The English Post

4/6/17: To Fight Zika, Fight Poverty And Inequality - The Huffington Post
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.
4/13/17: Larger mosquito population means increased risk of West Nile virus this season, officials warn - OC Register

4/12/17: Southern California Prepares for a Mosquito Boom - KQED

4/11/17: Rains cause sharp rise in mosquitoes across Orange County - ABC7

4/11/17: It's officially mosquito season, here are tips to protect yourself - Bakersfield Now

4/11/17: Is that a mosquito? A brief bug guide for LA spring - LA Daily News

4/11/17: Orange County Vector Control Targets Mosquitoes Near Wetlands - NBC Los Angeles

4/11/17: Orange County sprays for mosquitoes as SoCal gears up for a buggy summer - KPCC

4/10/17: Quarterly Newsletter and Updates - Alameda County MAD