Drought News & Resources
Latest News: Critically low flows prompt emergency curtailment orders for Scott, Shasta Rivers (9/10/21)
News & Updates
U.S. EPA, CalEPA launch joint effort to strengthen environmental enforcement in communities overburdened by pollution
Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 and the California Environmental Protection Agency signed a five-year, first-of-its-kind Memorandum of Understanding to expand joint activities supporting the agencies’ shared goals of reducing pollution burdens, increasing environmental compliance, and improving public health outcomes in overburdened California communities. Read the press release. Read the MOU. (9/10/21)
California Governor Gavin Newsom today joined a group of 10 governors calling on Congressional leaders to ensure the federal infrastructure package includes key programs and funding to build resilience and tackle the intensifying climate crisis threatening communities across the country. Read the press release. (9/1/21)
With the increase in wildfire activity across California this month, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is urging everyone to be Smoke Ready. Right now, crews are battling eleven major wildfires across the state that have burned over a million acres so far. Compared to this same time last year, California has seen an astounding 136 percent increase in total acres burned. As this wildfire activity intensifies, so too does the smoke that comes with it. Read the smoke ready press release. (8/17/21)
CalEPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment issued a new statewide advisory that expands and updates advice for safely consuming sport fish from lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. The advice, issued for California lakes and reservoirs without site-specific advisories, reflects recent data on mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) – which accumulate in fish and can pose a health risk to people consuming them. Posters with the advice for these water bodies are available on OEHHA’s website in English and additional languages. Read the fish advisory press release. (8/17/21)
The California Air Resources Board released greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory data for 2019, showing further reductions below the AB 32 emissions reduction target. That target, a return to 1990 GHG levels, was achieved by the state four years ahead of schedule in 2016. Read the GHG press release. (7/28/21)
Amid intensifying drought and record-breaking temperatures, Gov. Gavin Newsom added nine counties to the regional drought state of emergency and called on Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15% with simple measures to protect water reserves if drought conditions continue and to help maintain critical flows for fish and wildlife wherever possible. Read the drought press release. (7/8/21)
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.