News Briefs
February 17, 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.  













President's Day
The MVCAC office will be closed in observance of the President's Day holiday on Monday, February 20th, 2017.  

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. 
EPA's Risk Assessment Models - Survey
Think the EPA's Risk Assessment Models are unrealistic? Help fix it! Fill out these sheets (click here to download) in part or whole to give them better information about how we apply adulticides.
 
These can be sent to Susan Jennings, Senior Public Health Advisor, Office of Pesticide Programs  Jennings.susan@epa.gov

Salary Survey Announcement
District Managers should have received a link to the MVCAC Dropbox inviting you to use the folder for current salary information. Please also include Job Descriptions as well.
 
This information stays with MVCAC and is used by our members to help guide them with their own salary requests and job descriptions.
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 jdudikoff@ka-pow.com
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.
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.

NPDES Updates
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: mvcac@mvcac.org
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).)


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

2/15/17: First travel-related Zika case of 2017 reported - FL Keys News

2/13/17: Zika crosses the placenta by latching on to fetal blood vessels - ARSTechnica
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.
2/14/17: Why Killer Viruses Are On The Rise - NPR

2/14/17: Researchers unravel how ticks protect themselves from Lyme bacteria and other microbes - EurekAlert

2/9/17: Wolbachia study to control dengue shows promise - The Straits Times

2/8/17: Why 1 Billion People In Poor Countries Are Sick With 'Horror Movie Diseases' - The Huffington Post