Drought News & Resources
Latest News: State Water Board reports July 2022 urban water use was 10.4% lower than in July 2020 (9/7/22)
For more, visit the State Water Board’s Drought Info & Updates webpage and the California Drought Action portal.
News & Updates
West Coast Leaders Double Down on Bold Actions to Fight Climate Crisis
California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia signed a new Statement of Cooperation (SOC) recommitting the region to climate action. The partnership promotes collaboration between the four regional governments on accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy, investing in climate infrastructure like electric vehicle charging stations and a clean electric grid, and protecting communities from climate impacts like drought, wildfire, heat waves and sea-level changes. The SOC includes a major focus on equity. Read the press release. (10/6/22)
California enacted some of the nation’s most aggressive climate measures in history as Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping package of legislation to cut pollution, protect Californians from big polluters and accelerate the state’s transition to clean energy. The Governor partnered with legislative leaders this session to advance groundbreaking measures to achieve carbon neutrality no later than 2045 and 90% clean energy by 2035, establish new setback measures protecting communities from oil drilling, capture carbon pollution from the air, advance nature-based solutions, and more. Read the press release. (9/16/22)
California launched a new partnership in its global fight to cut carbon pollution, embrace the zero-emission transportation future and accelerate efforts to build a circular economy. California and the Netherlands signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining several areas of collaboration, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to a circular economy, embracing zero-emission vehicles, building climate resilience, and prioritizing and supporting equity. Read the press release. (9/6/22)
CalEPA welcomes Yana Garcia to her new role as Secretary! Garcia previously served in environmental leadership roles at the California Department of Justice and at CalEPA focused on climate, transportation, energy and housing as well as environmental justice and tribal affairs. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed her on Aug. 12. Read CalEPA’s Secretary Garcia press release in English and Spanish. (en español) (9/2/22)
The California Air Resources Board approved the trailblazing Advanced Clean Cars II rule that sets California on a path to rapidly growing the zero-emission car, pickup truck and SUV market and deliver cleaner air and massive reductions in climate-warming pollution. The rule establishes a year-by-year roadmap so that by 2035 100% of new cars and light trucks sold in California will be zero-emission vehicles, including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The regulation realizes and codifies the light-duty vehicle goals set out in Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-79-20. Read the ZEV press release. (8/25/22)
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.