Drought News & Resources
Latest News: Governor expands drought emergency, urges Californians to redouble conservation efforts (10/19/21)
For more, visit the State Water Board’s Drought Info & Updates webpage and the California Drought Action portal.
News & Updates
Governor Newsom Announces California has Joined New Global Alliance Committed to Ending Reliance on Fossil Fuels
Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California has joined the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance (BOGA) launched at COP26, bringing together national and subnational governments committed to advancing a just transition away from oil and gas production. Led by Costa Rica and Denmark, the first-of-its-kind alliance will help build momentum for states and nations working to phase out oil and gas production and support efforts to build a clean energy economy. Read the press release. (11/11/21)
Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California has signed on to a global agreement bringing together nations, states and regions, vehicle manufacturers, businesses, investors and other partners dedicated to rapidly accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles. Launched by the UK COP presidency, the COP26 Declaration on Zero-Emission Cars and Vans aims to achieve 100% zero emission vehicle sales by 2035 in leading markets, and no later than 2040 globally. Read the press release. (11/10/21)
CalEPA released its proposed update to the Senate Bill 535 (De León, 2012) disadvantaged communities designation on Oct. 19. CalEPA invites comments from the public on its proposed update until Nov. 17. Comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The public is also invited to provide feedback by participating in upcoming virtual public workshops on the preliminary designation. Learn more by reading the public notice: Virtual Public Workshops on Identification of Disadvantaged Communities (en español: Talleres Públicos Virtuales). (10/21/21)
CalEPA released an updated version of CalEnviroScreen, a California innovation that has become the national gold standard of geospatial data tools used to drive more equitable decision-making. Developed by CalEPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, CalEnviroScreen identifies California communities with the highest pollution burdens and vulnerabilities. It is used to better understand and address environmental concerns in California communities. Read the press release (en español). (10/13/21)
CalEPA Employment Information
The constituent boards, departments, and offices of the California Environmental Protection Agency do their own hiring under the civil service system of the State of California. They hire over 4,000 engineers, scientists, technicians, information specialists, attorneys, and support staff in locations throughout the state.
In addition to the links provided below, the state maintains a website with a searchable database of job openings for all state agencies and departments. It includes electronic applications that can be completed, stored and updated by individuals who create a free online account. Job seekers can also subscribe to receive email notifications when new openings are posted for positions of their choosing.
To learn more, visit CalCareers.
Department of Pesticide Regulation (916) 322-4553
Department of Toxic Substances Control (916) 323-2678
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) (916) 341-6000 (press 4)
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (916) 445-9376
State Water Resources Control Board (916) 341-5127
Regional Water Quality Control Board (916) 341-5127
State employment opportunities are also available at CalHR Exams and Job Vacancies Search.
Environmental Mapping Tools and Data
CalEPA and its departments develop interactive online tools and databases to increase efficiency and transparency. Some of the tools are provided on the Environmental Mapping Tools and Data webpage, which includes a brief description and an explanation of the information conveyed. Some tools are used to help enforce environmental laws, while others are used to identify populations that are the most vulnerable to the effects of pollution to help focus resources. Still other tools help communicate environmental issues, as we work with stakeholders and others develop solutions together. California residents can use these tools to find out more about the environment near their homes, schools or workplaces. Business owners, school administrators, legislators, environmental regulators, and others may also find these tools useful as they search addresses, cities, counties and regions of the state.
To learn more, visit the Environmental Mapping Tools and Data webpage.