NEWS BRIEFS
February 23, 2018
MVCAC 2018 Legislative Days

March 6-7, 2018
Capitol Event Center
1020 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Register:
Click here to download the registration form
* Please complete and email or fax back to the MVCAC office no later than
Monday, February 26, 2018 to ensure enough time to schedule appointments. MVCAC staff will arrange all appointments with legislators.
 
Schedule:
March 6, 2018: 2:00 PM- Optional Afternoon Training (will start around 2:00 PM) (details below) 
We will again have a special session for attendees to provide training on the purpose and strategy of meeting with your legislators. By providing this training, we seek to increase the comfort level for attendees and possibly provide new insights to those that have attended legislative day in the past. MVCAC advocates and PR experts will explain the do's and don'ts of legislative meetings and an overview of messaging and talking points. This training is optional but highly recommend. The session will be held the day before the Legislative Day at the Capitol Events Center. If you are interested in attending, please check the box next to your name on the registration form (linked above).

March 7, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Legislative program, depart for appointments 
(Continental Breakfast served at 8:00 a.m., program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.) 

For more information, please click  here.
In This Issue
MVCAC Spring Meeting
 
April 26-27, 2018
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Rates from $110-$140 plus taxes and includes cooked to order breakfast and managers reception

Booking Link:
Reservations can be made on line at www.tahoeresorthotel.com, group code:  MVCAC  or by calling the hotel directly at 530.544.5400.

Transportation:
Shuttle service is available from the Reno Airport to South Lake Tahoe.  Cost is roughly $50 per person. 

Schedule:
Click here to view

For more information, please click here.
Presentation Slides from MVCAC Annual Conference

Slides for papers that were presented at Annual Conference are available at the link below. If the slide deck is not there, then the speaker asked to have it removed.
 
2018 Sentinel Chicken Order Forms Available Now!

Please  click here  to download the 2018 Chicken Order Form.  

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:

Northern Region: (Haley's)
Pick-up date:  April 5, 2018 (7 a.m. - 9 a.m.) in Modesto
Order form due date: March 19, 2018
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 Yearbook Survey 2018

MVCAC Members,

We are getting everything ready for the 2018 MVCAC Yearbook. Click here to download this year's survey.

Please fill out and return the yearbook survey by emailing it to  mvcac@mvcac.org or by faxing it to 916.444.7462  by March 5, 2018   to get your districts updated information in this year's yearbook. 
 
Please be sure to include your districts "contact us" email in the email section (i.e. info@) that will be included in the yearbook.
 
As always, let us know if you have any questions.
 
Thank you,
The MVCAC Staff
Delta VCD New Hires

The Delta VCD continues to develop its Disease/ Surveillance program with two new Biologist hires joining Taylor Tushar, Mir Bear-Johnson and Jesse Erandio in the laboratory. 

Crystal Grippin 
B.S. Biology, UC Davis, 2009 
MSPH Parasitology, Tulane, 2015  

Mark Nakata 
B.S. Biology, UC Irvine, 2017 
NEW!  HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into
 
Click here to access the Google Drive.
NPDES Coalition Report Filed with SWB
 
The 2017 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 here (or by clicking below). If you have any questions or issues you can contact the MVCAC office.


NPDES Permit Report Submissions
 
Please email individual annual reports for the NPDES permit by March 1st to Garrett Fong ( garrett.fong@waterboards.ca.gov and cc Gil Vazquez ( gil.vazquez@waterboards.ca.gov ) and the MVCAC (mvcac@mvcac.org).  

Karen Larsen is the Deputy Director at the SWRCB and she is who the cover letter on your annual report should be addressed to.




Following several years of extended drought, San Joaquin County (SJC) experienced extraordinary rainfall in early 2017. Remnant water in rural and urban areas throughout the County, resulted in record numbers of Culex tarsalis, the primary carrier of West Nile virus (WNV). In addition, the areas which were impacted most by the flood waters were located in areas with significant historic WNV activity. Through the efforts of the entire staff of the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District (District), the early abundance of mosquitoes were effectively handled by aggressively decreasing the population before the warmer months began. In turn, we achieved our goal of protecting human health. The following is a brief synopsis of the event.

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
District Trustee Information Form

This year's Yearbook Questionnaire did not ask for emails for the Trustees of your district.  The Trustee Council is interested in this information in hopes to get more Trustees involved with the council. Please fill in the  following form  and return to  rhickerson@amgroup.us  or via fax at 916-444-7462.
SMC Vector Control Board Names New Officers

From San Mateo Co.: During their regularly scheduled meeting in January, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Board of Trustees held elections for the positions of President of the Board, Vice-President of the Board, Board Secretary, and Assistant Board Secretary. The trustees elected to these positions took office on Feb. 14th, and will serve for two years. "Donna Rutherford and Rick Wykoff showed great leadership and I hope we can keep the ship going to the same direction going forward," said incoming President of the Board Joe Galligan, referring to the two previous board presidents. Galligan previously served as Vice President, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since being appointed by the City of Burlingame in 2014. 

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.

2/20/18: Controlling Clothes Moths - UCANR

2/17/18: West Nile, Powassan viruses cause Zika-like damage to fetuses, study finds - ABC 7 News
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 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 mvcac@mvcac.org.
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.