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We Have a Mission

The MVCAC aims to provide quality public information, comprehensive mosquito and vector-borne disease surveillance, training to high professional standards, and effective legislative advocacy on behalf of California mosquito and vector control agencies.

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MVCAC member agencies use science-based vector control strategies to protect public health and improve the quality of life for California residents and visitors.

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Legislative Action

MVCAC plays an active role to ensure new legislation and regulations benefit mosquito and vector control districts’ mission to protect Californians from mosquito and vector-borne diseases.

Agency Spotlight

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Warm Weather and Drought May Lead to Abundance of Mosquitoes

West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week educates California residents on preventing viruses transmitted by mosquitoes SACRAMENTO, APRIL 17, 2015 – With California’s unusually warm weather and the driest year in the state’s history, Californians may see an unprecedented number of mosquito transmitted diseases in 2015. To raise awareness and educate Californians…

White Paper: How Better Planning and Use of the California Environmental Quality Act Can Prevent Mosquitoes and Vector-Borne Disease

While many local governments have done a good job improvising from existing CEQA guidelines and other planning tools to begin to address this issue, a significant gap exists between state regulations and the resources that most local planning agencies need to address vector issues in the planning process. To address this concern, MVCAC has developed…

MVCAC Members – Must Read – LAO 2013-24 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has just issued the following report: The 2013-14 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook The 18th annual edition of the LAO’s Fiscal Outlook—a forecast of the state’s budget condition over the next five years—shows that California’s budget situation has improved sharply. The state’s economic recovery, prior budget cuts, and the additional, temporary taxes provided by…

Oct 21, 2011 – Important Update on NPDES Efforts

Calls and letters helped! Discussions continue in Washington, D.C.! Special thanks to all who contacted Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer this week reiterating your strong support of H.R. 872, as well as inclusion of similar language in the FY12 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Discussion on this issue is continuing in Washington, D.C. It is…

Oct 19, 2011 – Immediate Attention – Calls to Senators Needed this Morning!

It is our understanding that H.R. 872 is going to be filed as an amendment to the FY12 Agriculture Appropriations legislation. It is anticipated that the Senate leadership plans to conclude action on this bill today. It is essential that all MVCAC agencies contact the local offices of Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer…

Oct 18, 2011 – Sign Up for the NPDES Training Webinar

If you or your employees plan on participating in the NPDES Training Webinar scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., please submit the names and e-mail addresses of all attendees to casmith@mvcac.org no later than tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19. You may have as many as employees participate as you’d like. Once we receive the…

Oct 14, 2011 – Important Update on Coalition Efforts: NPDES Training and Materials

NPDES Training Moved to a Webinar! MVCAC had originally scheduled training for visual and physical monitoring in the field in conjunction with the MVCAC Quarterly Meeting scheduled for November 2-4, 2011 in Lake Tahoe. After discussion, it was decided that to allow the training to reach more agency employees, as well as have a greater…

Oct 4, 2011 – Visual Monitoring Manual Now Available

The How-To Manual for Visual and Physical Monitory in the Field, prepared by MVCAC and URS Corporation, is now available to MVCAC members. Remember, if you have not notified the MVCAC office that you have filed your permit documents to SWRCB, please do so immediately.

Oct 4, 2011 – MVCAC Membership Update- Oct 4, 2011

Visual Monitoring Manual Now Available The HOW-TO MANUAL FOR VISUAL AND PHYSICAL MONITORING IN THE FIELD prepared by MVCAC and URS Corporation is now available to MVCAC members. Remember, if you have not notified the MVCAC office that you have filed your permit documents to SWRCB please do so immediately.

Sept 2, 2011 – H.R. 872 – Efforts Continue

MVCAC delivered the following packages to Secretary Matthew Rodriquez, CalEPA and Secretary Diana Dooley, California Department of Health and Human Services Agency asking for their review of H.R. 872 and requested they take whatever appropriate steps they can within their position to seek support of H.R. 872. NPDES REMINDER If your agency is part of the MVCAC…

July 22, 2011 – MVCAC Membership Update- July 22, 2011

At yesterday’s MVCAC Summer Quarterly meeting, NPDES Committee Chair Gary Goodman referenced a website where agencies can search for impaired or assessed waterways; please see the link below: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/tmdl/integrated2010.shtml

July 22, 2011 – Act NOW in Support of H.R. 872

As you know, H.R. 872 “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011” has passed out of the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and is currently being “held” on the Senate Floor at the request of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (CA) and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD). H.R. 872 would eliminate the need for MVCAC…

July 22, 2011 – Comments on Endangered Species Act Input to NPDES Urgently Needed!

Request forwarded from AMCA for response from all MVCAC members. The attachment for your guidance is located here. As you probably know, the National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a Biological Opinion that requires EPA to institute a monitoring program for Waters of The United States that may involve listed or endangered species. EPA has requested…

June 29, 2011 – Governor Brown Signs Legislation

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced today that he has signed the following budget trailer bills: ABx1 19 by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley) which contains necessary statutory changes to achieve savings assumed in the 2011 Budget Act for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) ABx1 26 by Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield…

June 23, 2011 – MVCAC Alert

PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON PESTICIDE PERMIT TOXICITY STUDY DESIGN Yesterday, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) staff held a public hearing on the proposed Pesticide Permits Toxicity Study Design that the Board approved earlier this year. MVCAC and URS representatives were both in attendance. Download the handout. In addition to the presentation, there was an…

June 21, 2011 – H.R. 872 Passed Out of Committee

MVCAC just received news that H.R. 872, “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011,” today, passed out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on a voice vote with only two Senators opposing the bill. H.R. 872 will now go to the full Senate floor for a vote. Discussions are already taking place…

June 16, 2011 – State Budget – Legislative Update

This morning, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the State Budget that was passed by both houses yesterday afternoon. His veto message has been posted on the MVCAC website. More to follow!

June 15, 2011 – State Budget Update

MVCAC Legislative Advocate Ralph Heim shared that the Assembly has passed the State Budget and trailer bills and has adjourned. One item which may be of interest is that both the Senate and Assembly have passed the two-bill package on redevelopment agencies, ABX1 26 with a 51 to 23 vote, and ABX1 27 with a…

June 15, 2011 – Senate Passes State Budget Bill – Assembly in Caucus Meetings

Legislative Advocate Ralph Heim has shared that the State Senate has passed the state budget bill, Assembly Bill 98 with a 23 to 15 vote. Only Democratic Senator Leland Yee, Ph.D. voted in opposition. The Senate is now working on the budget trailer bills. Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg shared in his opening remarks that…

June 15, 2011 – Immediate Action Needed on H.R. 872

Immediate Action Needed on H.R. 872 MVCAC was just notified that the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee announced plans to mark up H.R. 872 “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011″ next Tuesday, June 21 or Wednesday, June 22, 2011. H.R. 872 is the bill exempting pesticide applications from Clean Water Act NPDES permitting requirements that recently…

June 1, 2011 – Notification of State Water Resources Control Board Hearing

Notification of State Water Resources Control Board Hearing MVCAC received notification today of a public workshop on the Proposed Toxicity Study relating to the Statewide General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for Residual Pesticide Discharges from Aquatic Animal Invasive Species Control Applications, Spray Applications, Vector Control, and Weed Control (Collectively Statewide General Pesticide Permits). Download…

May 31, 2011 – HR 872 Update

In conjunction with MVCAC, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea set the course for championing efforts to generate support of HR 872 “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011.” Assemblymember Perea offered his assistance by not only signing a letter of support to Senators Boxer and Feinstein, but went one step further by asking his colleagues in Sacramento…

May 19, 2011 – Send Your Letters in Support of HR 872!

Earlier this week, MVCAC distributed an email asking each member agency to send letters to their local State Assemblymembers requesting that they sign Assemblymember Perea’s colleague letter to Senators Boxer and Feinstein asking for their support of HR 872, “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011.” The MVCAC office has received a copy of a few…

May 13, 2011 – Urgent MVCAC Membership Update

URGENT REQUEST In our continued effort to generate support for HR 872 “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011,” we request that you individually contact your State Assemblymember(s) that represent your agency and ask him/her to sign on to Assemblymember Perea’s letter of support of HR 872. MVCAC is delivering an association request letter to the Capitol today.…

May 5, 2011 – HR 872 Update

In conjunction with MVCAC, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea set the course for championing efforts to generate support of HR 872 “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011.” Assemblymember Perea offered his assistance by not only signing a letter of support to Senators Boxer and Feinstein, but went one step further by asking his colleagues in Sacramento…

April 29, 2011 – MVCAC Legislative Update

The Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review (AAR) held a hearing at the State Capitol on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 to continue its deliberations on the topic of “California Special Districts: Discussion and Vote on Recommendations.” MVCAC staff attended the meeting to keep MVCAC members apprised of the Committee`s deliberations. Please download the staff notes.…

April 21, 2011 – H.R. 872 Legislative Action Requested

H.R. 872 Legislative Action Requested MVCAC Members: Below are two updated sample letters for Senators Boxer and Feinstein on H.R. 872. If you have not already sent a letter to Senator Boxer and Senator Feinstein seeking their support of H.R. 872, please do so immediately. It is essential that our senators hear from all of…

April 6, 2011 – MVCAC Membership Alert

NPDES Update MVCAC Legal Counsel Richard Shanahan has prepared a comprehensive memorandum on the history and status of the NPDES/Sixth Circuit issue. Download the memo. Permit Posted The State Water Resources Control Board has posted the STATEWIDE GENERAL NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM PERMIT FOR DISCHARGES OF AQUATIC PESTICIDES TO SURFACE WATERS OF THE UNITED…

April 1, 2011 – SWRCB Meeting Update

MVCAC representatives met with Chief Deputy Director, Jonathan Bishop, of the SWRCB on Friday to discuss issues regarding the NPDES permit. Meeting attendees were Dick Shanahan, Terry Cooke, JR Flanders, and Gary Goodman. A letter from MVCAC to Mr. Bishop is attached that highlights the topics discussed. Mr. Bishop recognized that the process to finalize…

2014 Fall Meeting

October 22-24, 2014 Sheraton Grand Sacramento 1230 J St Sacramento, CA 95814 Room Rate Rate $135 plus tax $14 Discounted self parking for overnight guests To book directly with hotel: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/MosquitoandVectorControl or call 800-325-3535

2014 Planning Session

December 4-5, 2014 Sheraton Ontario 429 N Vineyard Ave Ontario, CA 91764 (909) 937-8000 Room Rate $89.00 (plus taxes and fees) Includes all American breakfast buffet Room Rate Cut-Off Date: November 25, 2014