MVCAC Committees

Executive Ken Klemme Monterey County MAD (831) 422-6438 ken@montereycountymosquito.com
CalSurv  Chris Barker UC Davis CVEC (530) 752-0151 cmbarker@ucdavis.edu
Information Technology

Luan Ngo

Orange County MVCD    
Integrated Vector Management Jake Hartle Placer MVCD (916) 531-7685 jakeh@placermosquito.org
Laboratory Technologies Kim Hung Coachella Valley MVCD    
Ad Hoc Drone Committee Eric Haas-Stapleton Alameda County MAD (510) 783-7744 Eric.Haas@mosquitoes.org
Legislative Conlin Reis Fresno Westside MAD (559) 659-2437 ext 201

creis@fresnowestmosquito.com

Public Relations Nola Woods Contra Costa MVCD (925) 771-6158 nwoods@contracostamosquito.com
Regulatory Affairs  Samer Elkashef Sacramento-Yolo MVCD (800) 429-1022 selkashef@fightthebite.net
Reeves New Investigator Award Rhiannon Jones Merced County MVCD (209) 722-1527 mcmadmgr@gmail.com
Ad Hoc SIT Committee Angela Caranci Northwest MVCD    
Training & Certification        
Vector and Vectorborne Disease Mir Bear-Johnson Delta MVCD (559) 732-8606 ext 111 mirbearjohnson@deltavcd.com
Vector Control Research Sarah Wheeler Sacramento-Yolo MVCD (800) 429-1022 swheeler@fightthebite.net

Executive Committee

Chair President Ken Klemme, Monterey County MAD
Members

President – Ken Klemme 
President Elect – Wakoli Wekesa 
Vice President – Conlin Reis 
Past President – Peter Bonkrude 
Joel Buettner – Sacramento Valley Region 
Paula Macedo – Coastal Region 
Rhiannon Jones – Northern San Joaquin Region 
Jodi Holeman – Southern San Joaquin Region 
Michelle Brown – Southern Region 
Subru Bhat – Trustee Representative

Google Group mvcacexec@googlegroups.com

CalSurv Steering Committee

Chair Chris Barker, UC Davis DART
Members

Tina Feiszli, CDPH
Dan Fisher (IT Committee rep)
Eric Haas-Stapleton (Research Committee rep)
Vicki Kramer, CDPH
William Reisen, UC Davis
Kim Hung (Vector/VBD Committee Rep)
Levy Sun (PR Committee Rep)
Peter Bonkrude (Exec Committee Rep)
Shaoming Huang (MVCAC At-Large Member)

Google Group n/a
2021 Charges

 

  1. Standing Charge: Develop and maintain policies for distribution and access to CalSurv data sets
    1. Action steps: Review the last draft of the CalSurv data policy from 2014 and revise as/if needed.
    2. Resources needed: None.
    3. Potential Challenges: None.
    4. Timeline: Revised data policy effective March 1, 2019 following review by the committee on a Zoom call. The primary change was to add language regarding citation of the CalSurv Gateway and acknowledgment of all contributing agencies (e.g., in a supplementary table for a journal article) where practical.
    5. Status: Implemented new online form for data requests in 2020, plans are unchanged for 2021, will revisit as needed.

 

  1. Standing Charge: Evaluate requests from researchers and other interested parties for CalSurv data
    1. Action steps: Review and evaluate data requests as they are received.
    2. Resources needed: None
    3. Potential Challenges: None
    4. Timeline: Ongoing
    5. Status: Proceeding as planned.

 

  1. 2021 Charge: Develop and prioritize annual goals for CalSurv Gateway development
    1. Action steps:
      1. Develop and implement a process for serving public-facing data
      2. Continue development of a CalSurv API
  • Continue development of new-look CalSurv Gateway website
  1. Integrate data streams from mosquito and arbovirus surveillance, pesticide usage, pesticide resistance testing, and climate variables for easier analysis using CalSurv Gateway tools
  1. Resources needed: CalSurv Gateway funding of $500K/year from CA legislature for FY2021-22 and beyond
  2. Potential Challenges: Funding uncertainty beyond Feb 2021
  3. Timeline: Update on progress at spring meeting, then revisit progress and plans annually at fall meeting to define next year’s priorities
  4. Status: 2020 priorities (defined above as action steps) are on target, with completion of a 6-hour series of webinars and maps for insecticide resistance and WNV risk levels during 2020. API development, surveillance & pesticide data integration, and implementation of open data options are ongoing and will be carried over from 2020 into 2021, with plans for completion during 2021.
  1. 2021 Charge: Seek sustainable funding mechanism for CalSurv websites and tools
    1. Action steps:
      1. Work with MVCAC’s Legislative and PR committees and KP Public Affairs to develop outreach materials and participate in meetings or legislative hearings as needed.
      2. Seek sustainable funding through proposals and partnerships with federal (for VectorSurv) and state agencies (for CalSurv).
    2. Resources needed: Support of MVCAC through legislative and other advocacy for CalSurv/VectorSurv needs.
    3. Potential Challenges: Funding uncertainty beyond Feb 2021
    4. Timeline: Update on progress at spring meeting, then revisit progress and plans annually
    5. Status: Received support for Jul-Oct 2020 from CDPH-CDC Emerging Infections Program, followed by support Nov 2020-Feb 2021 from CDC-funded Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases. Need to plan for future funding for the program beginning Mar 2021 and beyond.

Information Technology Committee

Chair Luan Ngo, Orange County MVCD
Members

Chris Barker, DART/UC Davis
Peter Bonkrude
Christina Falk, San Joaquin County Mosquito
Robert Ferdan, Alameda County MAD
Dan Fisher, Sacramento/Yolo MVCD
Eric Haas-Stapleton, Alameda MAD
Greg Hacker, VBDS/CDPH
Edward Prendez, Coachella Valley MVCD
Conlin Reis, Fresno Westside MAD (Board Liaison)
Connor Schaak, Consolidated MAD
Rudy Serrano, Greater Los Angeles County VCD
Jody Simpson, UC Davis DART
Michael Tran, Santa Clara County VCD
Rachel Hickerson, AMG

Google Group mvcacit@googlegroups.com
2022 Charges

Standing Charges

  1. Serve as a resource for issues related to information and technology that may affect member agencies and/or the MVCAC.
  2. Provide A/V support for the MVCAC Annual Conference.

 

Charges for 2022

  1. Education
  2. Support Calsurv / Visual Gateway and application data import
  3. Online Workshops for technology solutions related to agency operations
  4. Cybersecurity
  5. Publish and maintain CyberSecurity BMP
  6. Collaborate with PR & Training for Cybersecurity Awareness

Integrated Vector Management Committee

Chair Jake Hartle, Placer MVCD
Members

Arlilla Bueno, Merced County MVCD
Joel Buettner, Placer MVCD (Board Liaison)
Bobbye Dieckman, Coachella Valley MVCD
Debbie Dritz, Sac-Yolo MVCD
Mark Nakata, Delta MVCD
Hannah Romo, CDPH
Mike Saba, Orange Co. MVCD
Jamesina Scott, Lake County MVCD
Nikia Smith, Northwest MVCD
Bob Achermann, AMG

Google Group mvcacivm@googlegroups.com
2022 Charges
  1. 2022 Charges: Pollinator Best Management Practices
    1. Action steps: Compile and review current Provide beekeepers and regulatory agencies a document that shows the steps MVDs take to protect pollinators
    2. Resources needed: Committee members
    3. Potential Challenges: Current exemption language
    4. Timeline: Draft by May 2022
    5. Status: Initiate

 

2.          2022 Charges: USFWS BMP for endangered species and avoidance areas

  1. Action steps: Gather additional information on existing BMPs, other potential endangered species and avoidance areas
  2. Resources needed: Committee members will collect existing documents from MCVAC members. work with
  3. Potential Challenges:
  4. Timeline: Spring 2022
  5. Status: Initiate

 

3.   2021/2022 Goal: Develop technical guidelines for invasive Aedes control.

  1. Action steps: Gather invasive Aedes-specific operational methods
  2. Resources needed: Committee members will collect existing documents from MCVAC members.

Work with Vector and Vector Borne Disease

  1. Potential Challenges:
  2. Timeline: Ongoing
  3. Status: Initiate

 

Standing Charges: 

  1. Standing Charge: Emerging Technologies in Mosquito
    1. Action steps: Identify and review new and upcoming technologies
    2. Resources needed: Committee Time
    3. Potential Challenges: Nothing significant at this time
    4. Timeline: Quarterly
    5. Status: Ongoing

 

5.          Standing Charge: Develop recommendations on pesticides and their use, and on their registration status and related issues.

  1. Action steps: Quarterly check-in with vendors about new products and label changes. Include updates in quarterly report to the Board
  2. Resources needed: None
  3. Potential Challenges: None at this time
  4. Timeline: Ongoing
  5. Status: No updates

 

6.          Standing Charge: Pesticide Resistance Monitoring and Management.

  1. Action steps: Review and update resistance monitoring document
  2. Update guidelines if needed
  3. Resources needed: Committee member time
  4. Potential Challenges: Review updated resistance testing SOPs
  5. Timeline: Ongoing
  6. Status: Initiated May 2021

 

7.          Standing Charge: Report on environmental issues that may affect the members of the MVCAC.

  1. Action steps: Committee members & general members introduce environmental issues of interest to
  2. Resources needed: None
  3. Potential Challenges: None
  4. Timeline: Yearly
  5. Status: Ongoing

 

8.          Standing Charge: Report on the prevention of vector sources by means of planning, public education, and interagency cooperation.

  1. Action steps: Update membership on preventative strategies for vector
  2. Resources needed: None
  3. Potential Challenges: None
  4. Timeline: Yearly
  5. Status: Ongoing

 

9.          Standing Charge: Develop information on the availability, use, and impact of biological control organisms. [Mike Saba]

  1. Action steps: Quarterly teleconference with mosquitofish personnel throughout the
  2. Resources needed:
  3. Potential Challenges:
  4. Timeline: Yearly
  5. Status:

 

10.    Standing Charge: Administer the PESP survey for MVCAC.

  1. Action steps: Contact AMCA to get the current PESP survey link and distribute to Follow-up with MVCAC members to have adequate response rate.
  2. Resources needed: Committee member
  3. Potential Challenges: Getting Districts to respond in a timely
  4. Timeline: Yearly
  5. Status:

 

11.    Standing Charge: Annually review CDPH guidance documents, including Guidance for Surveillance of and Response to Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes and Locally Acquired Exotic Mosquito-Borne Infections Transmitted by these Mosquitoes in California and The Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Mosquito Control in California and recommend updates as necessary.

  1. Action steps: Review CDPH guidance documents
  2. Resources needed:
  3. Potential Challenges:
  4. Timeline: Yearly
  5. Status: Ongoing

 

12.    Standing Charge: Provide support to other committees as needed.

  1. Action steps: As directed by
  2. Resources needed: Committee member
  3. Potential Challenges:
  4. Timeline:
  5. Status: As

Laboratory Technologies Committee

Chair Kim Hung, Coachella Valley MVCD
Members

Chris Barker, DART, UC Davis
Crystal Grippin, Delta MVCD
Daisy Flores Rangel, Orange County MVCD
Eric Haas-Stapleton, Alameda County MAD
Kimberly Nelson, San Gabriel Valley MVCD
Saran Grewal, San Diego County VCP
Shaoming Huang, San Joaquin County MVCD
Kara Kelley, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD
Christopher Kilonzo, CDPH
Steve Schutz, Contra Costa MVCD
Wade Lee, Alameda County VCSD
Paula Macedo, Contra Costa County MVCD (Board Liaison)

Google Group mvcaclt@googlegroups.com
2022 Charges
  1. Standing Charge: Organize and host an annual workshop that will offer enhanced communication, training and collaboration among vector control laboratory personnel
  1. Action steps: A virtual workshop entitled “Preparing and analyzing geospatial data” will be offered. Professor Chris Barker with UC Davis and PacVec will provide this workshop.
  1. Resources needed: Committee members with GIS experience; Chris Barker’s team
  2. Potential Challenges: None.
  1. Timeline: GIS workshop will be held via Zoom. The schedule is:
  • Week of March 21: ArcGIS installation and sample data download tutorial
  • March 29-31, 2022: Workshop for 4 hours each day
  1. Status: In progress. Plan to announce details in January or February

 

  1. Standing Charge: Negotiate with ThermoFisher Scientific on 2021 pricing for consumables used in vector laboratories.
    1. Action steps: Contact ThermoFisher for a quote and negotiate prices.
    2. Resources needed: Committee member efforts
    3. Potential Challenges: None
    4. Timeline: January 2022
    5. Status: In progress.

 

  1. Standing Charge: Partner with DART to establish fees for proficiency panels, positive controls, reagents and other support consumables to enhance standardization between labs.
    1. Action steps: None
    2. Resources needed: None
    3. Potential Challenges: None
    4. Timeline: Annual
    5. Status: Complete

 

  1. Standing Charge. Review and update the MVCAC publication “Identification of the Mosquitoes of California” to ensure inclusion of all species of mosquito that are routinely detected in California
    1. Action steps: Assess current key for gaps, obtain colored pictures of mosquitoes
    2. Resources needed: Mosquito specimens, photographers, Committee members work efforts
    3. Potential Challenges: Finding the mosquitoes
    4. Timeline: Ongoing
    5. Status: In progress.

 

  1. 2022 Charge: Update the MVCAC Lab Safety Manual
    1. Action steps: Review the lab safety manual, attain resources to update the manual. Include information on arthropods and pathogen containment.
    2. Resources needed: Committee members efforts
    3. Potential Challenges: None
    4. Timeline: End of 2022
    5. Status: In progress.

 

  1. 2022 Charge: Prepare a manuscript describing “WALS Uses for Vector Control” for submission to JAMCA in collaboration with Vector Control Research Committee.
    1. Action steps: Consult with subcommittee and Research committee to develop study design and analysis
    2. Resources needed: Committee work efforts
    3. Potential Challenges: Needs a study design and a lead
    4. Timeline: Unknown
    5. Status: In progress
  2. 2022 Charge: PacVec training video on placing mosquito traps and identifying mosquitoes
    1. Action steps: Several participants have agreed to provide footage. Subcommittee members to develop video production plan.
    2. Resources needed: Committee and MVCAC members contributions
    3. Potential Challenges: None
    4. Timeline: End of 2nd quarter 2022
    5. Status: In progress. Video topics have been identified and priority for videos determined.

Ad Hoc Drone Committee

Chair Eric Haas-Stapleton, Alameda County MAD
Members

Ken Klemme, Northern Salinas Valley MAD
Erika Castillo, Alameda County MAD
Phil Smith, Marin/Sonoma MVCD
Bill Reynolds, Leading Edge Aerial Technologies 
Conlin Reis, Fresno West Side MAD
Tammy Gordon, Coachella Valley MVCD
Kiet Nguyen, Orange County MVCD
Bito Larson, Coachella Valley MVCD
Joel Buettner, Placer MVCD
Marty Scholl, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Google Group n/a
2022 Charges
  1. Standing Charge: Monitor and inform stakeholders of regulatory and legislative issues related to use of drones for vector control (stakeholders include: Districts, related MVCAC Committees, and MVCAC Board of Directors).
    1. Action steps: Prepare guidance document regarding restrictions and available exemptions. Joel Buettner will coordinate with AMCA.
    2. Resources needed: District staff time
    3. Potential Challenges: None apparent
    4. Timeline: 2022; updated when regulations change
    5. Status: Planning
    6. Lead: Joel Buettner and Conlin Reis
  1. Standing Charge: Identify districts that use drones for vector control and how they are being used.
    1. Action steps: Prepare online resource that members can access and update (e.g. Google Sheet) with the goal to extend it nationally via AMCA.  Provide a way for districts to learn how drones can be used effectively by vector control districts.
    2. Resources needed: District staff time
    3. Potential Challenges: Maintaining updated data.
    4. Timeline: 2022; updated regularly.
    5. Status: Planning
    6. Lead: Kiet Nguyen and Ken Klemme
  1. Standing Charge: Promote public health use of drones for vector control.
    1. Action steps: Identify knowledgeable people. Focus on urban and federal lands
    2. Resources needed: District staff time
    3. Potential Challenges: None related to MVCAC
    4. Timeline: Q1 2022
    5. Status: Planning
    6. Lead: Erika Castillo and Tammy Gordon
  1. 2021 Charge: Prepare pre- and post-flight safety and data security checklists.
    1. Action steps: Contact each District with a UAS program for example documents. 
    2. Resources needed: District staff time
    3. Potential Challenges: None related to MVCAC
    4. Timeline: Q2 2022
    5. Status: Planning
    6. Lead: Scott Schon (pre- and post-flight safety checklists) and Marty Scholl (data security checklist).
  1. 2021 Charge: Literature review of drone impacts on wildlife (summary with bibliography).
    1. Action steps: Identify knowledgeable people
    2. Resources needed: District staff time
    3. Potential Challenges: None related to MVCAC
    4. Timeline: Q2 2022
    5. Status: Planning
    6. Lead: Eric Haas-Stapleton (develop outline to share with Vector Control Research Committee).
  1. 2022/23 Charge. Develop and A-Z guide for how to start up a drone program.

Legislative Committee

Chair

Conlin Reis, Fresno Westside MAD

Members

Bob Achermann, AMG
Ed Manning, KP
Vanessa Cajina, KP
Brian White, KP
Jason Farned, San Gabriel MVCD
Tammy Gordan, Orange County MVCD
Jeremy Wittie, Coachella Valley MVCD
Omar Khweiss, San Joaquin MVCD
Matt Ball, Butte County MVCD
Gary Goodman, Sacramento/Yolo MVCD
Tamara Davis, Marin-Sonoma MVCD
Rick Howard, Orange County MVCD
Bryan Jackson, CDPH/VBDS Liaison
Joel Buettner, Placer MVCD
Ryan Clausnitzer, Alameda MAD

Google Group mvcacleg@googlegroups.com
2022 Charges

1.     2022 Charge: Pursue Funding Efforts

  1. Renew CalSurv Funding
    1. Action steps:
      1. Initiate budget efforts (KP).
      2. Update Materials: CalSurv Funding Impacts, Changes and
    2. Resources needed: Updates from DART, New CalSurv Structure and Plans
  • Potential Challenges: Unknown
  1. Timeline: Jan-June 2021
  2. Status: Gathering Materials

b.     Invasive Aedes Funding

  1. Action Steps:
    1. Identify Focus for Funding (General Fund, Infrastructure, SIT Project Implementation)
    2. Evaluate alternative avenues for funding: Climate Change, Invasive Species
      1. Gather Climate Change Vector Materials, Update Outreach
      2. Evaluate Economic Impacts from Vectors, (Lost time, tourism, home values?)
    3. Updated Survey for Invasive Aedes Impacts
    4. Identify mechanism for funding (General Budget Effort Legislation to Establish Fund)
  2. Resources Needed: Input from Vector Control Research, Needs Evaluation from
  • Potential Challenges: SIT not at regulatory stage for Public Health expenditure fatigue.
  1. Timeline: January-June 2021
  2. Status: Survey in

c.     CDFW Wetlands, Additional Funding

  1. Action steps:
    1. Consult with CDFW Legislative Staff, Gauge Interest/Support
    2. Estimate costs for Maintenance, BMPs, Projects
    3. Consider Dedicated Fund in New Legislation (AB 896 Amendment?)
  2. Resources Needed: Results of Pilot Projects, BMPs, Input from Districts with CDFW
  • Potential Challenges: Obtaining vector-focused funds for a generally-funded

 

2.     2022 Charge: Protect public health pesticide exemptions from legislation targeting their elimination, municipal control, or reclassification

Action steps:

  1. Respond to Attorney General Request from Sonoma County
  2. Review legislation for potential
  • Establish policy for intervention on local efforts. Resources needed: Input from membership regarding local

Potential Challenges: Identification of problematic legislation.    Review of local, state and federal efforts. Determining extent of MVCAC participation in local legislation.

Timeline: Based on introduction of legislation. Response to AG request before the end of Dec. Status: Draft Response Prepared. Awaiting Legal Review.

 

3.     2022 Charge: Prepare for Remote Legislative Advocacy Day (Week)

Action steps:

  1. Maximize district participation through assisted scheduling and remote materials
  2. Consider multiple (or combined) meetings involving Sacramento and local
  • Identify key issues for

Resources needed: Updated materials based on legislative focus for 2022. Potential Challenges: Continued pandemic restrictions.

Timeline: March or April 2021 Status: Ongoing

4.     2022 Charge: Mosquito Awareness Week Resolution

  1. Action steps:
    1. Review/Update Language
    2. Locate Author(s)
  • Provide Support to the PR committee for related
  1. Resources needed: None
  2. Potential Challenges: None
  3. Timeline: Start review of Language, January
  4. Status: Ongoing

 

Standing charges

  1. Review with the Executive Director pending legislative bills and regulatory changes that may impact vector control
  2. Contact members when grassroots efforts are needed to inform
  3. Represent the MVCAC and testify when appropriate on bills or regulations of concern and keep the Board of Directors
  4. Work with the MVCAC’s service providers to arrange for legislators or legislative staff to speak at interim meetings and the annual conference as
  5. The Chair coordinates with the MVCAC President, Executive Director, and Legislative Advocate to address the Association’s legislative concerns, and with other agencies as necessary to develop or modify relevant

Public Relations Committee

Chair Nola Woods, Contra Costa MVCD
Members

Aaron Devencenzi, San Joaquin County MVCD
Meagan Luevano, Placer MVCD
Mary-Joy Coburn, Greater LA County VCD
Allyx Nicolici, CDPH
Conlin Reis, Fresno Westside MAD (Board Liaison)
Luz Robles, Sacramento Yolo MVCD
Rachel Curtis-Robles, San Mateo County MVCD
Lora Young ,Orange County MVCD
Erick Arriaga, Delta VCD
Tamara Davis, Marin-Sonoma MVCD
Lisa Yarbrough (KP)

Google Group mvcacpr@googlegroups.com
2022 Charges

Charge 1: Implement a third-party outreach strategy to educate and engage housing related industry stakeholders such as realtors, senior housing communities, and homeowners’ associations. 

Charge 2: Implement a third-party outreach strategy to educate and engage the water community and environmental stakeholders, including the agriculture industry; provide support and materials to districts facing challenges from anti-pesticide groups. 

Charge 3: Implement a third-party outreach strategy to educate and engage decision makers in the utility industry including municipal utilities and investor-owned utilities.  

Charge 4: Support public outreach by creating collateral materials to educate the public and stakeholders about invasive Aedes and the need for Sterile Insect Technologies; support efforts to secure state and federal funding for mosquito control. 

Standing Charges 

Charge 1: Work with MVCAC leadership to promote community partnerships and encourage cooperative ventures to benefit vector control, public health, and the environment. 

  • Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

 

  • CalSurv Gateway

Charge 2: Promote MVCAC and assist leaders, administration, and members with proactive and reactive media outreach, development of talking points, collateral materials and digital assets. 

Update: KP handles media inquiries, drafts talking points and prepares spokespeople as needed 

Charge 3: In cooperation with the Legislative Committee, KP and AMG, assist in preparation for MVCAC’s annual Legislative Day, and other legislative and regulatory affairs efforts. 

Charge 4: Provide materials and assist in implementing the California Mosquito Awareness Week media campaign April 2022 and National Mosquito Awareness Week in June 2022. 

Charge 5: Provide editing of content and guidance on website content management for MVCAC website. 

  • MVCAC Website Editorial Team
  • Website Spotlight 

Reeves New Investigator Award Committee

Chair Rhiannon Jones, Merced County MVCD
Members

Jamesina J. Scott, Lake County VCD
Bruce Eldridge, UC Davis Emeritus
Kerry Padgett, CDPH-VBDS
Kelly Liebman, Marin/Sonoma MVCD
Susanne Kluh, Greater Los Angeles County MVCD
Mustapha Debboun, Delta MVCD
Paula Macedo, Contra Costa MVCD
Rachel Hickerson, AMG

Google Group mvcacrnia@googlegroups.com
2021 Charges
    1. Standing Charge: Evaluate Reeves Award applicants and determine awards.
    1. Action steps: Chair receives applications, ensures that all requirements are met, and distributes to Committee members for consideration and to MVCAC Proceedings editor. Works with MVCAC Conference Planning and Incoming MVCAC President to schedule Reeves Symposium. 
    2. Resources needed:
      1. Committee member time to evaluate manuscripts and oral presentation
      2. Time for Reeves Symposium at MVCAC Annual Conference (5 minutes for introduction + 20 minutes per applicant)
    • Time to announce awards at MVCAC Annual Banquet
    1. Potential Challenges: Nothing Significant at this time 
    2. Timeline: Annual, announcement in August, October 1 application deadline, Symposium & awards at Annual Conference
    3. Status: Ongoing

     

    1. Standing Charge: Review & Update Reeves Award Policy.
      1. Action steps: Update policy and submit to Board for approval. Simplify and clarify application process. 
      2. Resources needed: Committee Time
      3. Potential Challenges: None
      4. Timeline: July 2021.
      5. Status: Initiate

Regulatory Affairs Committee

Chair Samer Elkashef, Sac-Yolo MVCD
Members

Peter Bonkrude, Shasta MVCD (Board Liaison)
Erika Castillo, Alameda County MAD
Mark Hall, Greater Los Angeles County, VCD
David Heft, Turlock MAD
Jennifer Henke, Coachella Valley MVCD
Roland Jen, Orange County MVCD
Ryan McNeil, Fresno MVCD
Mark Novak, CDPH VBDS Elk Grove
Conlin Reis, Fresno Westside MAD
Bob Achermann, AMG
Megan MacNee, AMG
Ed Manning, KP
Brian White, KP

Google Group mvcacra@googlegroups.com
2022 Charges

Standing charges

  1. Review and present information about existing or proposed regulations and programs that may impact vector control
  2. Coordinate with the Executive Director; act as a liaison between MVCAC and local, state, and federal agencies responsible for wildlife management and
  3. Monitor issues at the State Water Resources Board that are likely to impact mosquito and vector
  4. Maintain a clearing house of information concerning compliance with
  5. Subcommittees
    1. NPDES
    2. SB 896 CDFW and MVCAC Working Group
    3. Trash Capture Device Working Group

 

2022 charges:

1.     Review existing and new devices proposed to capture trash in storm water structures.

  1. Action steps: Continue activities in the Trash Capture Working Group
  2. Resources needed: District staff time
  3. Potential Challenges: None at this time
  4. Timeline: Ongoing
  5. Status: Ongoing

 

2.     Monitor issues around the re-use of storm water and irrigation run-off collected.

  1. Action steps: No immediate actions needed
  2. Resources needed: District staff time to identify issues as they emerge
  3. Potential Challenges: None at this time
  4. Timeline: Ongoing
  5. Status: Ongoing

 

3.     Evaluate the impact of mosquito management practices as employed at wetlands managed by CDFW.

  1. Action steps: Re-group with CDFW on the potential BMPs that can be implemented with the supplemental funding the department received during this Facilitate a meeting between KP and CDFW legislative advocates on how to secure recurring funding for BMP projects.
  2. Resources needed: Time
  3. Potential Challenges: Priorities in the legislature
  4. Timeline: Ongoing
  5. Status: Ongoing

 

4.     Work with agencies and partners to ensure access to utility vaults.

  1. Action steps: Revisit with PG&E on the rules/guidance document they are putting together for MVCDs on how they can interact with vaults. Continue engaging with the CMUA on outreach
  2. Resources needed: Time, educational aids to share with utility companies similar to those that were produced for trash capture
  3. Potential Challenges: None at this time
  4. Timeline: Ongoing
  5. Status: PG&E has been working on a document for the central valley which it will use as a model for the entire State. This was due during the fall but the deadline has passed. An article about the issues that vaults pose for mosquito control is due out in January in the CMUA .

 

5.     Assist with permitting for Sterile Insect Releases for vector control.

  1. Action steps: Waiting on EPA and CDPR to approve the technology.
  2. Resources needed: None at this time
  3. Potential Challenges: Lengthy approval process, more data needed for registration
  4. Timeline: Ongoing
  5. Status: MVCAC submitted a letter to EPA urging them to speed up the timeline for the registration of the MosquitoMate Sterile CDPR registration has been moving along without issue.

 

6.     Engage with CDPR on the forthcoming State-wide pesticide notification system.

  1. Action steps: Meet with Acting Director Julie Henderson to inquire on how the agency views the applications made by
  2. Resources needed: None at this time
  3. Potential Challenges: While vector control applications are currently not being considered by these applications, MVCDs can get roped in further down the
  4. Timeline: Ongoing
  5. Status: A webinar was attended by MVCAC members on November 4th that gave an overview of the notification system. CDPR is still in the early stages of building this program so details are light at this

 

7.     Engage with CDPR on updated the Vector Control Exemption in the Pollinator Protection Code

  1. Action steps: Engage with CDPR staff on updating the language mentioned in the exemption as it is outdated. Work with the IVM committee on a Pollinator BMP document to assist both member agencies as well as MVCAC outreach efforts with
  2. Resources needed: Time
  3. Potential Challenges: Resistance from CDPR to make any changes and collecting the data to justify any language changes. Any change in the code would have to go out for a comment
  4. Timeline: Ongoing
  5. Status: The current plan is to engage with Acting Director Henderson on this topic when we meet on the State-wide notification

 

8.     Engage in the NPDES renewal process (CA permit expired June 2021).

  1. Action steps: Waiting on the State Water
  2. Resources needed: Time and member agencies will have to pay the Fees for consultant to write the permit.
  3. Potential Challenges: Making sure there are no drastic changes that the State Water Board wants to put into
  4. Timeline: Ongoing
  5. Status: MVCAC reached out in October of 2021 and State Water Board responded that they are not ready to review our Member agencies can still operate under the expired permit until the new one is out into place.

 

9.     Continue to engage with the Bureau or Cannabis Control and the Department of Pesticide Regulation on the impacts of cannabis farming on mosquito control operations.

  1. Action steps: Reengage with the Bureau of Cannabis Control and inquire on the status of the memo that they produced that outlined proposed changes to detection
  2. Resources needed: None at this time
  3. Potential Challenges: As it has been a while since conversations were had with BCC, their might be a need to re-educate staff on the vector control
  4. Timeline: Ongoing
  5. Status: Ongoing

Ad Hoc SIT Committee

Chair Angela Caranci, Northwest MVCD
Members

Susanne Kluh, Greater Los Angeles County VCD
Steve Shepherd, Orange County MVCD
Ryan Clausnitzer, Alameda County MAD
Samer Elkashef, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD
Sarah Wheeler, San Joaquin MVCD
Lora Young, Orange County MVCD
Jennifer Henke, Coachella Valley MVCD
Nikos Gurfield, San Diego County VCP
Rachel Hickerson, AMG

Google Group n/a
2022 Charges
  1. Charge 1: Continue pro/con working document encompassing programmatic considerations for SIT strategies, prioritizing those that available for implementation in 2022 and working forward.
    1. Action steps: Build out information from literature groundwork that has been completed to create tables/visuals that can be shared and easily comprehended
    2. Resources needed: participating agencies’ insights, designated lead for each SIT strategy
    3. Timeline: 2022 -2023
    4. Status: Ongoing

 

  1. Charge 2: Develop cost/benefit analyses specific to programmatic implementation of SIT strategies  
    1. Action steps: Assess existing data on average programmatic cost targeting species of interest, including pesticide, personnel time, outreach, etc.; develop and ground-truth programmatic costs of SIT strategies, prioritizing those available for implementation in 2022 and working forward, targeting best practices to target for SIT programmatic success measures (what does success look like? Trap counts, bite pressure, resident metrics?)
    2. Resources needed: Member participation
    3. Timeline: 2022 -2023
    4. Status: Ongoing

 

  1. Charge 3: Continue to coordinate with technology vendors to monitor product viability and track pipeline of innovation.
    1. Action steps: Follow up with vendor list and continue to build contact network to include commercial and academic resources pushing growth in SIT sector
    2. Resources needed: Member participation, vendor information
    3. Timeline: 2022 -2023
    4. Status: Ongoing

Training & Certification Committee

Chair

 

Members

Eric Ballejos, Northwest MVCD
Amanda Bradford, Butte County MVCD
Mary-Joy Coburn, Greater Los Angeles County MVCD
John Fritz, San Joaquin County MVCD
Crystal Grippin, Delta MVCD
Jennifer Henke, Coachella Valley MVCD
Rhiannon Jones, Merced MAD (Board Liaison)
Michael Niemela, CDPH-VBDG
Katherine Ramirez, Consolidated MAD
Bret Barner, Solano County MAD
Robert Ferdan, Alameda MAD
Jorell Tuncap, County of San Diego
Brian Reisinger, West Valley MVCD

Google Group mvcactc@googlegroups.com
2022 Charges
  1. 2022 Charge: Produce original content and secure approval of existing content to provide a sufficient number of webinars to supplement live sessions to complete CEU training requirements. 
    1. Action steps: Begin planning 2021-23 cycle units 
    2. Resources needed:  volunteer webinar speakers as needed 
    3. Potential Challenges: Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings may continue to limit the size of meetings and live sessions 
    4. Timeline: June 2023 
    5. Work with Annual Conference planning committee to allow recorded conference presentations availability for viewing for CEU credit after the conference within cycle 2021-2023 
    6. Status: CE classes beginning in July 2021 / Identifying webinars from outside agencies as well as identifying MVCAC sponsored topics for webinars, to include herbicide training 

  

  1. 2022 Charge: Committee members exploring the feasibility of an MVCAC sponsored Category D vertebrate workshop over the next 2-year cycle, as this is typically the most difficult category to fill. 
    1. Action steps: Work with Dr. Quinn to get a firm cost estimate to present to the MVCAC BOD 
    2. Resources needed: BOD approval of any expenditure 
    3. Potential Challenges: Survey of MVCAC Districts to determine buy in, though some Districts are not certified in category D 
    4. Timeline: June 2023 
    5. Status: Just beginning 

 

  1. Standing Charge: In conjunction with CDPH, evaluate current CE Guidelines and identify potential changes to increase regional training efficiencies. 
    1. Action steps: Live-unit requirement in 2021-2023 CEU cycle has been waived by CDPH. 
    2. Resources needed: None at this time 
    3. Potential Challenges: Enough archived webinars in each category to meet cycle requirements: A=12, B=8, C=8 and D=8 
    4. Timeline: June 2023 
    5. Status: Covid-19 restrictions are still being evaluated that may limit the size of gatherings 

 

  1. Standing Charge: Coordinate the Association’s program of regional continuing education and statewide webinar development, maintaining expected training standards. 
    1. Action steps:  Continue activities throughout the cycles 
    2. Resources needed: None at this time 
    3. Potential Challenges: None currently 
    4. Timeline: Ongoing 
    5. Status: Ongoing 

 

  1. Standing Charge: Review submitted training curricula and recommend approval to CDPH representative. 
    1. Action steps:  Will be completed on a Regional basis 
    2. Resources needed:  None 
    3. Potential Challenges: None 
    4. Timeline:  Yearly 
    5. Status: Ongoing 

Vector & Vectorborne Disease Committee

Chair Mir-Bear-Johnson, Delta MVCD
Members

Tina Feiszli, CDPH/VBDS, Richmond
Susanne Kluh, Greater LA County VCD
Angie Nakano, san Mateo MVCD
William Reisen, UC Davis
Kim Hung, Coachella Valley MVCD
Doug Kunz, Coachella Valley MVCD
Sumiko De La Vega, San Joaquin County MVCD
Jodi Holeman, Consolidated MAD
Erik Blosser, Sutter-Yuba MVCD
Adena Why, Alameda County Vector Control

Google Group mvcacvvd@googlegroups.com
2022 Charges
  1. 2022 Charge: Update Emerging Vector-borne Disease Operational Recommendations for invasive Aedes species as needed.  
    1. Action steps:  Create google form to fill out with updates. Have a schedule for soliciting responses from all Districts. Have a schedule for reading through changes and including in documents.  
    2. Resources needed: New google form, responses from Districts. 
    3. Potential Challenges: Minimizing repetition and streamlining process.  
    4. Timeline:  By spring meeting, have finalized the form and begun to solicit responses. 
    5. Status:  Ongoing 
  1. 2022 Charge: Develop current comprehensive and specific list of surveillance, control, & existing outreach materials for invasive Aedes species response.  
    1. Action steps:  Create working group composed of committee members to clean up and update current document, begin to attach SOP’s to document. 
    2. Resources needed:  Reach out to other districts not on committee, IVM. 
    3. Potential Challenges: Getting documents from agencies. 
    4. Timeline:  Have begun to attach SOP’s by spring meeting. 
    5. Status:  Ongoing 
  1.        2022 Charge: Ticks 
    1. Action steps:  Get list from survey that was sent out to establish which districts are taking which actions with ticks. Work on guidance for strategies, training, protocols, etc. for those districts that are just starting a program.  
    2. Resources needed:  Reach out to the districts with tick activities; reach out to CDPH with tick activities.  
    3. Potential Challenges: Incorporating all necessary items. 
    4. Timeline:  Get a list as soon as possible, have an action plan for the Spring meeting. 
    5. Status:  Ongoing 
  1.        2022 Charge: Surveillance and Control of Vectors and Vector Borne Disease in Homeless Camps 
    1. Action steps:  Create a questionnaire to distribute to membership regarding existing protocols for surveillance activities in homeless camps/transient population areas. Evaluate/add to protocols.  
    2. Resources needed:  Experts in the field, finding out which Districts are already taking action 
    3. Potential Challenges: Finding experts, creating new documents 
    4. Timeline:  Have the questionnaire distributed so that responses can be compiled for the Fall meeting. 
    5. Status:  Ongoing 
  1. Standing Charge:  Review and present new information on vectors and vector-borne diseases of interest to the MVCAC and make recommendations for their surveillance and control. 
    1. Action steps:  Reach out to contacts to make sure we are hearing about new information. Find the best way to distribute information. Begin plan for quarterly reports. 
    2. Resources needed: Time. 
    3. Potential Challenges: Large quantity of information, limited amount of time. Best way to present information. Getting on a schedule. 
    4. Timeline: Try to have a system in place for biannual updates in 2021, move to quarterly in 2022. 
    5. Status: Ongoing 
  1. Standing Charge:  In cooperation with Laboratory Technologies Committee, develop long term plans and agreements among DPH, UC Davis and MVCAC to ensure continuation of statewide surveillance programs and appropriate diagnostics, upon the introduction of new vectors or vector borne disease threats. 
    1. Action steps:  Continue to monitor and discuss new vector and vector borne disease threats.  
    2. Resources needed:  None currently. 
    3. Potential Challenges: None currently. 
    4. Timeline:  None currently. 
    5. Status: None currently. 
  1.  

 

  1. Standing Charge:  Monitor and report on vector-borne diseases in California. 
    1. Action steps:  None needed. 
    2. Resources needed:  Unknown. 
    3. Potential Challenges: Unknown. 
    4. Timeline: Continuous 
    5. Status: Ongoing, CDPH Arbovirus Surveillance Bulletin 

Vector Control Research Committee

Chair Sarah Wheeler, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD
Members

Chris Barker, University of California, Davis
Shaoming Huang, San Joaquin County MVCD
William Reisen, University of California, Proceedings Editor
Mary Sorensen, Placer MVCD
Sarah Billeter, CDPH/VBDS, Ontario
Angela Caranci, Northwest MVCD
Mustapha Debboun, Delta MVCD
Sarah Grewel, San Diego County VCP
Eric Haas-Stapleton, Alameda County MAD
Trinidad Reyes, Madera MVCD
Wakoli Wekesa, East Side MAD (Board Liaison)
Rachel Hickerson, AMG

Google Group mvcacvcr@googlegroups.com
2022 Charges
  1. Standing Charge: Collaborate with other MVCAC Committees such as Vector Borne Diseases, Integrated Vector Management, Public Relations, and Regulatory Affairs to determine research needs and find appropriate solutions.
    1. Action steps: Keep in touch with other MVCAC committees and draft charges as needed
    2. Resources needed: Variable
    3. Timeline: Continuing
    4. Status: Continuing

 

  1. Standing Charge: Champion the MVCAC research priorities, including building partnerships between MVCAC member agencies and the Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (PacVec), state, and local agencies. (This charge is contingent in part on continued funding of PacVec.)
    1. Action steps:
      1. Keep MVCAC research priorities up to date.
      2. Encourage member agencies to collaborate with academic partners in submitting joint research proposals to PacVec to address research needs of the MVCAC.
      3. Work with member agencies and academic partners to establish an undergraduate internship program. Undergraduates would work during the summer months at a member agency collecting data for a project of interest, students return to campus and analyze data with a university mentor. Students then present their findings at the annual MVCAC conference.

 

  1. Resources needed: Active committee membership and member agencies that are interested in participating in the programs outlined above.
  2. Timeline: Ongoing
  3. Status: Ongoing

 

  1. Standing Charge: Provide support to the editor of the MVCAC Annual Proceedings and Papers
    1. Action steps: Meet quarterly with the editor
    2. Resources needed: variable
    3. Timeline: Ongoing
    4. Status: Ongoing

 

  1. Standing Charge: Coordinate collaborative research investigations at the district level to improve the efficacy and efficiency of IVM programs.
    1. Current projects: See specific charges below
    2. Resources needed: variable
    3. Timeline: Ongoing
    4. Status: Ongoing

 

  1. Charge 1: Collaborate with the MVCAC Laboratories Technologies Committee to design and implement a multiagency assessment of WALS methodology with the goal of producing a manuscript for submission to JAMCA.  
    1. Action steps: Develop study design and send out protocols to participating agencies in preparation for data collection during the 2022 field season. Data analysis and manuscript preparation to begin fall 2022.
    2. Resources needed: participating agencies
    3. Timeline: 2022 -2023
    4. Status: Ongoing

 

  1. Charge 2: Continued collaboration with the regulatory affairs committee on the assessment of the mosquito production potential of utility vaults.  
    1. Action steps: Madera MVCD, Delta MVCD, Northwest MVCD, Greater Los Angeles MVCD, and Sacramento-Yolo MVCD have agreed to collect data for this project during the 2022 season. The first step is to develop a study design and prepare a protocol for distribution to participating agencies. Study progress will be evaluated throughout the season and manuscript planning will begin in Fall 2022.
    2. Resources needed: Member participation
    3. Timeline: 2022 -2023
    4. Status: Ongoing

 

  1. Charge 3: Develop an insecticide resistance testing capacity survey to send out to members of MVCAC and the PacVec CoE. The survey will be designed to evaluate recent capacity building efforts and target future training and support.     
    1. Action steps: Design survey in collaboration with PacVec COE and CDPH partners. Develop a contact list for distribution of the survey, followed by distribution, and analysis of responses.
    2. Resources needed: Assistance from MCVAC and PacVec in compiling a distribution list and notifying member agencies that the survey is available. Guidance on selecting a survey platform.
    3. Timeline: 2022
    4. Status: Ongoing

MVCAC Representatives

CSDA – Ryan Clausnitzer, Alameda MVCD
CCLHO – Jeremy Wittie, Coachella Valley MVCD
VCJPA – Tamara Chapman, Marin Sonoma MVCD
AMCA – Gary Goodman, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD
2020 Proceedings Editor – William Reisen, University of California