Butte Strong Fund Mosquito District Press Release
David Little, director of communications, North Valley Community Foundation. Email: email@example.com, 530-891-1150, ext. 30.
Matt Ball, district manager, Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District, 530-533-6038
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2019
The Butte Strong Fund has approved a grant of more than $300,000 to help combat the public health threat of mosquitoes in the Camp Fire burn scar area.
The Butte Strong Fund, managed by the North Valley Community Foundation, approved a grant request of $310,434 from the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. The mosquito district asked for the financial help for increased labor costs and insecticides needed to address mosquito breeding sources in the Paradise area.
The Butte Strong Fund Committee, composed of nine community members, granted its unanimous approval of the proposal at a meeting Friday.
“We learned two weeks ago that state and federal funding was not readily available to support the massive increase of work in our Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District in the aftermath of the Camp Fire,” said Alexa Benson-Valavanis, president and CEO of the North Valley Community Foundation. “This is exactly the sort of gap in resources and time delays that can cause real danger to not only the people already deeply impacted by the Camp Fire, but the entire region.
“As I’ve said over and over again, the NVCF will play whatever role we need to help us recover from this disaster. The last thing we need is another crisis.”
Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and other blood-borne diseases, such as encephalitis. They transmit the disease to humans, horses and other animals after feeding off infected birds.
West Nile virus is present in mosquitoes in Butte County every summer. The best way to avoid the virus is not to get bit, which includes minimizing mosquitoes. That will be a new challenge this summer on the ridge. After the fire, new mosquito breeding sources are prevalent on properties where nobody is living. That includes stagnant swimming pools, septic tanks, ponds and miscellaneous containers that hold water like flower pots, clogged rain gutters, wheelbarrows, birdbaths and burned boats.
"With the generous financial assistance provided by the Butte Strong Fund, the district will be able to increase staff, purchase highly effective product, and plant more mosquitofish,” said Matt Ball, district manager of the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District. “All of this will allow the district to be more effective and quicker locating and treating mosquito-breeding grounds within the Camp Fire burn scar."
About the Butte Strong Fund
The Butte Strong Fund was established earlier this year as a partnership of three major fundraising efforts by the NVCF, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Aaron Rodgers NorCal Fire Recovery Fund. The Butte Strong Fund provides funding for eligible organizations or local government entities that are directly serving people affected by the Camp Fire. Individual assistance is handled through those organizations.
Organizations interested in applying for Butte Strong Fund grants can visit ButteStrongFund.org to determine if they qualify for funding. Those that do can submit a brief grant inquiry before being invited to submit a full application. Staff at NVCF will facilitate the application process.
The Butte Strong Fund is still receiving donations. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Butte Strong Fund, 240 Main St., Suite 260, Chico, CA 95928 or by visiting www.buttestrongfund.org.