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Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District

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Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District
FormationMarch 14, 1930; 89 years ago (1930-03-14)
HeadquartersHayward, California, United States
Staff
17
Websitewww.mosquitoes.org

The Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District (ACMAD) is a public agency for mosquito control in Alameda County, California, United States. It was created on March 14, 1930 by a concerned committee of Alameda County citizens.

ACMAD is an independent special district that provides mosquito control for all of Alameda County except for the City of Albany. The District covers 815 square miles and approximately 1.6 million people and is governed by a Board of Trustees that consists of one Trustee from each city within the District and one Trustee appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.[1] [2] [3] [4]

The mission of ACMAD is to improve the health and comfort of Alameda County residents by controlling mosquitoes and limiting the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases. Their vision is to serve all residents of Alameda County in a transparent and equitable manner by providing knowledge-driven and environmentally-conscious mosquito control. ACMAD strives to provide an exemplary model of good government through fiscal transparency and accountability.

History[edit | edit source]

There were many attempts at organized mosquito control in California that were short-lived because they were based on voluntary contributions. It wasn’t until the passage of the California Mosquito Abatement District Act[5] in 1915 that mosquito abatement districts were allowed to form. A campaign to create a mosquito abatement district in Alameda County began in 1926. A committee of concerned citizens circulated petitions and received several hundred signatures, but the number of committee members wasn’t enough to get the thousands of signatures required, so in 1928 they employed workers to ensure they received these signatures. The committee members were from the founding cities which included Berkeley, San Leandro, Hayward, Oakland, Alameda, Piedmont, and Emeryville. By January 28, 1930 the committee had collected over 32,000 signatures, which was three times the minimum legally required number. On March 11, 1930, the Board of Supervisors passed the ordinance allowing the organization of the District and then the certificate of incorporation was filed with the Secretary of State of California on March 14[6].

Integrated Vector Management[edit | edit source]

The District primarily does mosquito control at the larval stages of the mosquito. ACMAD follows Integrated Vector Management (IVM)[7] principles for their mosquito control.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Wet Winter Set Stage For Spike In Bay Area Mosquito Population". CBS Local. 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  2. News, Bay City. "More Mosquitoes Found With West Nile Virus in Contra Costa". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  3. "County to spray Union City neighborhood to fight West Nile virus". East Bay Times. 2018-06-08. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  4. "West Nile Virus Found In East Bay". Alameda, CA Patch. 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  5. "Codes: Code Search". leginfo.legislature.ca.gov. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  6. "History". Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District. Retrieved 2018-12-14.
  7. "MVCAC Integrated Vector Management". Retrieved 2018-12-14.

External links[edit | edit source]

Category:Culicidae Category:Flaviviruses Category:Alameda County, California


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