NEWS BRIEFS
February 14 , 2020
MVCAC Spring Quarterly Meeting & Legislative Day  
March 2-4, 2020
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L St
Sacramento, CA 95814 

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In This Issue
Delta Vector Control District Announcements

Welcome to New General Manager
Dr. Mustapha Debboun is a Board Certified Medical & Veterinary Entomologist and has worked over 27 years in the field of public health entomology and vector-borne diseases. Born in Morocco, Dr. Debboun came to the United States to continue his higher education. He received his BS degree from Skidmore College in New York, his Masters degree from the University of New Hampshire and his PhD. from the University of Missouri. Upon graduation from the University of Missouri, Dr. Debboun began a career in the US Army where he advanced to the rank of Colonel, before retiring in 2014. His global military and civilian entomological work has taken him to over 35 different countries throughout the world. His main goal is to provide efficient and sustainable management of disease vectors and human protection from mosquito and other vector-borne disease threats, using not only conventional means but innovative, integrated vector management, as well. Dr Debboun collaborates with scientists throughout the world and has authored or co-authored over 115 scientific publications and four books. He also organizes and leads national and international public health entomology symposia, is a subject matter expert scientific reviewer and editorial review board member of eight scientific journals. Dr. Debboun and his wife, Natalie, have been married 29 years and raised three children.

Mir Bear-Johnson, Promotion to Assistant Manager
We would like to congratulate Mir on her promotion to Assistant Manager. Mir has been with the District since 2017 when she started as a Biologist. In 2018 she was promoted to Scientific Program Manager and put in charge of overseeing all aspects of the Delta Vector Control District laboratory including vector surveillance, vector-borne disease testing, insecticide resistance monitoring, budget, and research. Mir has a B.A. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and a M.S. in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She served for over two years in the Peace Corps in Morocco as a health education volunteer. Mir is trained in laboratory protocols as well as statistical analysis, and is certified by the California Department of Public Health as a Vector Control Technician in Categories A through D. Outside of work, Mir loves traveling and is attempting to visit every country in the world. She also enjoys spending time with her two cats and two chinchillas, playing board and video games, reading, writing, baking, hiking, art projects, gardening, and working on home improvement projects.
Mosquito Impact of Puerto Rico Earthquake/ Request for Assistance
Update From Legal Counsel on New Laws Affecting Special Districts
2020 Sentinel Chicken Order Forms Available Now!

Please click here to download the 2020 Chicken Order Form. 
Chickens are being supplied by Haley Farms in Modesto for Northern California and Southern California this year.

Please return order form by March 6, 2020

Pick-up dates:
Southern Region - March 19, 2020 (7 a.m.- 9 a.m.)
Northern Region - April 23, 2020 (7 a.m.- 9 a.m.)

Modesto Haley's Egg Farm
1030 Ladd Road
Modesto, CA 95355
In case of issue their phone is: (209) 649-4579

Please fax, email, or mail order forms to: MVCAC 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 800 Sacramento, CA 95814 P: 916-440-0826 F: 916-444-7462 mvcac@mvcac.org.
NPDES Reporting Information For 2019 Report

Individual Districts should send their annual reports before March 1st to
Please also cc the MVCAC office at mvcacorganization@gmail.com
 
The cover letters should be addressed to State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, NPDES Wastewater Unit
 
The coalition annual report is currently being done by our consultant and we hope to have a draft soon.  When we review the report and approve, we will update the membership on its submittal.
PDF Available for Mosquito Identification Key

Identification of the Mosquitoes of California by Richard P. Meyer and Stephen L. Durso is available for download at no cost after logging in to the MVCAC web site.  Because this key lacks Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the sections that contain those species in Regional Guide to the Common Mosquitoes of California by Richard Meyer is appended to the PDF.  The entire PDF is key word searchable so that the diagnostic characteristics of each species can be found easily.  MVCAC thanks Richard Meyer for providing a pristine copy of Identification of the Mosquitoes of California that was scanned to produce the PDF.  Please follow this link to access the key: https://www.mvcac.org/resources/member-publications/
Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight

D oes your agency have a success story, a staff member you would like to publicly recognize, or an innovation by your agency that you would like to highlight? "Agency Spotlight" on the MVCAC website is one way to share your story! Each submission which meets the specified criteria will be reviewed and posted on the MVCAC website on the Agency Spotlight page and highlighted on the homepage in the rotating feature box. Each story will remain posted for 1-2 months before being moved to a publicly archived page. 

Interested?  Click here   to fill out an application!

Applications can be submitted to the MVCAC office at mvcac@mvcac.org
HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into

District  Managers - Please upload your HR resources and information into this Google Drive along with using it for your own district.

Click here  to access the Google Drive.
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.
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.

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
Jobs

Interested in a career in mosquito and vector control? Check out the MVCAC Jobs 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 mvcac@mvcac.org.
FOR SALE: 2013 ARGO XTI Titan 8x8 
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Douglas County Mosquito Abatement District
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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.