Drought News & Resources
Latest News: State Water Board adopts emergency water use regulations to boost drought resilience (1/4/22)
For more, visit the State Water Board’s Drought Info & Updates webpage and the California Drought Action portal.
News & Updates
Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his 2022-23 state budget proposal – the California Blueprint, a bold plan building on the state’s ongoing work to confront California’s greatest existential threats, bolster strong economic growth and make historic investments in California’s future. Budget fact sheets: climate change, drought and wildfires; affordability; public safety; COVID-19; and homelessness.
Join us for more briefings on the budget this week: Register. (1/10/22)
Bidtah N. Becker joins CalEPA as Deputy Secretary for Environmental Justice, Tribal Affairs and Border Relations
Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Bidtah N. Becker, a member of the Navajo Nation, as Deputy Secretary for Environmental Justice, Tribal Affairs and Border Relations at California’s Environmental Protection Agency. Becker is one of the nation’s leading tribal water rights, energy and environmental justice practitioners. “We are thrilled to welcome Bidtah to CalEPA’s leadership team,” said Jared Blumenfeld, California Secretary for Environmental Protection. Read the press release. (12/3/21)
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Julie Henderson as director of California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) on Dec. 2. Henderson has been serving as DPR’s acting director since July 2021, and served as the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Deputy Secretary for Public Policy since November 2017. “My vision for my role at DPR is to accelerate the transition to safer, more sustainable pest management,” said Henderson. Read the press release. (12/3/21)
Governor Newsom Announces California has Joined New Global Alliance Committed to Ending Reliance on Fossil Fuels
Gov. 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)
Gov. 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 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.