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  • 06/18/2019 7:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EPA’s new program creates pathway to civil service for recent graduates

    WASHINGTON (June 17, 2019) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing the Green Interns Program to cultivate a collection of the best, qualified candidates to fulfill mission critical occupations nationwide. Starting September 30, 2019, the program will provide recent graduates with an opportunity to serve their country through a career in the federal government while gaining valuable work experience and knowledge of environmental issues.    

                               

    Green Interns Program participants will be entitled to benefits including: federal health insurance, the Thrift Savings Plan, sick and annual leave accrual, a transit subsidy and more. Throughout the program, interns will be supported through mentoring, formal interactive training and an Individual Development Plan. After completing the program, participants may be converted into permanent federal employees.


    To be eligible for the program, candidates must have earned associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degrees or certificates from qualifying institutions and programs within the previous two years. Veterans are eligible to apply up to six years after completing their degree or certificate. Preference eligible veterans can apply two years after release or discharge from active duty.


    Green Interns will qualify for conversion to either a 1-4-year term or permanent position once they have completed at least one year of continuous service and all other program requirements, demonstrated successful job performance, and meet the qualifications for the permanent position to which they will be converted.


    Those interested can apply at: www.usajobs.gov beginning June 14, 2019. Accepted candidates are expected to begin the program on September 30, 2019.

    In partnership with colleges and universities, the White House Initiative Programs,

    EPA’s Special Emphasis Program Managers and EPA’s Non-Labor Groups, EPA will hire candidates through the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Pathways Program

    Recent Graduates hiring authority. The Pathways Programs offers graduates clear, accessible paths to federal internships and potential careers.


    For additional information regarding the Green Interns Program, or to speak to EPA’s

    Green Interns Program Manager, please contact Piyachat Terrell at: terrell.piyachat@epa.gov or (202) 564-1856.

    To learn more about the Green Interns Program, visit: https://www.epa.gov/careers/green-interns.


  • 06/17/2019 7:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    June 13, 2019 - CV-SALTS updates 


    1. We have produced a short video that explains the upcoming CV-SALTS Nitrate Control Program. Please feel free to share it with your colleagues and constituents and add to your organization’s website. The video is accessible from the upper left corner on https://www.cvsalinity.org/docs/videos.html The video is titled Nitrates in Groundwater: The Issue…


    2. The State Water Resources Control Board is hosting a public workshop on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 (https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/calendar/docs/notice_cvsalt.pdf) to discuss the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Amendments to the Sacramento and San Joaquin Basin Plan and the Tulare Lake Basin Plan to incorporate a Central Valley-wide Salt and Nitrate Control Program. The Salt and Nitrate Control Program provides a framework for the Central Valley Water Board to regulate salt and nitrate while also ensuring that groundwater users whose wells are impacted with nitrates are provided safe drinking water.  The Central Valley Water Board approved the referenced Amendments in May 2018, and the State Board must approve them before they can be implemented. We will inform you when the State Water Board sets their meeting date to consider approval of the Amendments.


    3. The two pilot management zones (Kings River East GSA/AID Area Management Zone and Turlock Management Zone) are progressing with the identification of steering committee members, zone boundaries and drafts of Early Action Plans. We will update you more on these as they move forward.


    4. We are in the process now of updating www.cvsalinity.org to make the necessary information about the upcoming new regulations for salts and nitrates easier to find. We will let you know when the website work is completed.


  • 04/24/2019 7:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "Nitrates in the Groundwater:The Issue" is a 4:26 minute video that takes the viewer through the highlights of the nitrate challenge and new, upcoming regulatory approach for the Central Valley. The CV-SALTS initiative is explained as a group of regulators, farmers, and others that have worked together over the last decade to try to keep generations of farmers in business while protecting water quality. We need to address the problem. New regulations are coming that will offer two options - meet the drinking water standard at the point of discharge (traditional permitting) or a new option - form a local or regional Management Zone to work collectively to first solve the drinking water problem. Management Zones offer a more flexible way to comply. 


    It can be viewed via the CV-SALTS website at: https://www.cvsalinity.org/docs/videos.html and it is available for download at: https://vimeo.com/322155619



  • 02/27/2019 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    Chapter 811, Statute of 2017 (Senate Bill 541, Allen) required the State Water Resources Control Board to “recommend best design and use practices for stormwater and dry weather runoff capture practices that can generally be applied to all new, reconstructed, or altered public schools, including school grounds.” 

     

    The Division of State Architect, California Department of Education, Office of Water Programs at California State University, Sacramento, and Water Boards partnered to complete the Guidance for Stormwater and Dry Weather Runoff CAPTURE (California Practices to Use Runoff Effectively) at Schools.  The Guidance is also posted on the Strategy to Optimize Resource Management of Stormwater (STORMS) website under the “Other STORMS Products” tab.


  • 12/17/2018 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    January 23, 2019 = Lodi

    February 27, 2019 = Newman

    March 27, 2019 = Manteca

    April 24, 2019 = Lodi

    May 22, 2019 = San Joaquin County

    June 26, 2019 = Stanislaus County

    July 24, 2019 = Patterson

    August 28, 2019 = Riverbank

    September 25, 2019 = Escalon

    October 23, 2019 = Ceres

    November 20, 2019 = Ripon

    December 13, 2019 = Tracy


  • 06/11/2018 12:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    https://www.calopps.org/west-sacramento/job-18512872


    The Stormwater program at the City of West Sacramento encompasses a broad range of compliance and sustainability efforts. The position includes internal and public outreach and trainings; illicit discharge investigations and responses; database development and maintenance; cross-departmental coordination; regional and professional working group participation; regulatory understanding and submission preparation; tracking, understanding and implementing changing laws and requirements; developing and improving existing and new program outreach; field visits; and other diverse tasks. The ideal candidate will be organized, have excellent communication skills, and have a curiosity and interest in diverse day to day work. Experience managing projects, coordinating competing priorities, finding creative solutions, and working with diverse teams is as important, if not more, than the regulatory experience itself.

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