July Newsletter

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July Update

Monsoon Forecast


We're just a few weeks into the Monsoon, but many of you have already seen storms in your area.  But just how much rain do we expect this summer?  And what about those temperatures? Get this year's Monsoon Outlook from the Flood Control District.

Monsoon Forecast Video

Fight the Bite!




It's hot.  It's humid.  It's mosquito season!

The best thing you can to do prevent mosquitoes from breeding is to remove standing water.  Our Environmental Services team provides these tips:

  • Empty, drain, or cover anything that holds water.
  • Mow your lawn weekly. Mosquitoes tend to sit in tall grass to rest and hide. 

For more tips, and the mosquito fogging schedule, visit our Fight the Bite website.


COVID Update - What is the Delta Variant?

Delta Variant

There is new evidence that the more-contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Maricopa County. The variant represented about 20% of sequenced cases during the month of June and Public Health expects that number to increase.  Read below to learn more about the variant and see the best ways to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community.

  • The Delta variant is a strain of COVID-19 that is more contagious than other strains of COVID-19. This means it spreads from person-to-person more easily, especially if a person is not vaccinated.
  • As of July 2021, the Delta variant has become the “dominant variant” in the United States, which means that most of the new COVID-19 cases that are being analyzed are caused by the Delta variant.
  • The amount of Delta variant is increasing in Maricopa County and will likely become the dominant variant.

How Is The Delta Variant Different From Other COVID-19 Strains?

  • Based on what we know, the Delta variant is spread more easily from person-to-person. 
  • There is also some evidence that the illness caused by the Delta variant may be more severe, particularly in younger people, but there is still a lot to learn about this variant.

Where Can I Get Vaccinated?

COVID-19 vaccine, band aid, shot

Looking for a Career Change?

Arizona at Work

ARIZONA@WORK Maricopa County is part of the statewide workforce development network that helps employers recruit, develop, and retain the best employees for its needs. It also provides job seekers of all backgrounds and skill levels with the tools and resources to prepare them for job opportunities. 

Know someone who's is looking for a career change? Take advantage of ARIZONA@WORK's career services to help you prepare your best resume, learn how to interview like a pro, and follow job market trends.

Library District

Culture Pass

The Library District has the perfect way to get out and about.  Just check out a "Culture Pass." It provides admission for two at participating arts organizations around the Valley. 

Visit the Library District’s website for full details, and to check the availability of passes at your library. You must check out the Culture Pass in-person at the library, and are limited to one pass per family.


July is National Park and Recreation month. It's the perfect time to explore, enjoy, and celebrate our national and local area parks.

It's also a great time to thank all of Park and Recreation Professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide high-quality programs and infrastructure we expect in our parks and public spaces. Thank you!

Please check out the activities offered at our local County parks. And keep in mind: all National Parks that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone on August 4 and 25!

Enjoy our Maricopa County Parks

McDowell Regional Park

Check Out McDowell Mountain Regional Park

This week we are highlighting McDowell Mountain Regional Park!

  • Starting August 21st, Summer Night Bike rides will take place once again. Get your sweat on riding your Mountain Bike at McDowell and then enjoy food, music, and a movie after. Great family fun!
  • Be sure to bring your lights with a minimum of three hours and your helmet.
  • If you would like to buy an annual pass to the park, click here.
  • To make a camping reservation, click here.
  • View Park Hours & Maps

Interested in Adopting or Fostering a Pet?

Dog License

Animal Care & Control (AC&C) is currently at shelter capacity and has limited kenneling options. If you'd like to adopt a new, furry family member, you can adopt one for $25. 

MCACC also needs fosters who can care for a large dog for at least two weeks and fosters who can care for nursing moms with litters. Learn more and sign up here.

If you can't foster an animal, Animal Care would really appreciate new or gently used large bath sized towels and small fleece blankets. Let's help our staff (and those cute pets) during a challenging time!

Steve Chucri, District 2
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors