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Governor expands drought emergency proclamation, announces $5.1 billion for drought response, infrastructure, climate resilience
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $100 billion California Comeback Plan includes assistance for drinking water suppliers and their customers; his proposed $5.1 billion, four-year investment in water infrastructure and drought response includes measures to ensure a more climate resilient system; and his expanded drought emergency proclamation now applies to a total of 41 counties. (5/20/21)
The California Environmental Protection Agency today announced the release of two independent studies that identify strategies to support the state’s goal to dramatically reduce transportation fossil fuel demand and supply by 2045. Read the press release. (en español) (4/21/21)
The public is invited to review the draft update to CalEnviroScreen, the mapping tool that tracks which communities bear the greatest burden of environmental pollution in California. It is being updated to include children’s exposure to lead from housing, new census data, other pollution data and enhanced methodology to help policy makers and others prioritize programmatic and other resource investments on communities that need it most. In addition to lead, CalEnviroScreen version 4.0 adds pollution from chrome plating facilities, dairies and feedlots, and certain industrial and manufacturing pollution sources in Mexico. Read the CalEnviroScreen 4.0 press release | (en español) (2/22/21)
CalEPA is accepting applications for its Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. The maximum grant amount is $50,000. This year the grant will go to support environmental justice projects that focus on climate change, threats to health and safety, and rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the press release (comunicado de prensa). (3/29/21)
New, Cross-sector Work Group will Speed California’s Shift to Safer Pest Management
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation and California Department of Food and Agriculture launched a broad new work group to accelerate the systemwide adoption of safer, sustainable pest control practices. The 25-member Sustainable Pest Management Work Group includes farmers, community members, university researchers and representatives from commodity groups and the pesticide industry. Read the press release. (3/10/21)
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.
CalEPA Office of the Secretary (posted at CARB)
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.