You might notice a few more plumes of smoke as the San Joaquin Valley struggles with drought and the loss of biomass energy plants that eliminate woody waste from dead orchards. Open-field burning could become the only choice for some farmers. Will the air be affected?
Sprinklers were running Wednesday in the middle of the afternoon in downtown Fresno at the city's parking structure, corner of Inyo Street and Van Ness Avenue. Take a look at the water running down the street.
The San Joaquin Valley is not only the worst place in the country to breathe, it is getting worse. After four years of drought, tiny particle pollution is increasing, according to the American Lung Association.
As 15,000 east San Joaquin Valley growers again face summer without river water, cracks are appearing in the Friant Water Authority, a powerful alliance of agencies that is supposed to keep the water flowing from Millerton Lake.
Mark Grossi has the pulse of the San Joaquin Valley ecosystem, writing since 1993 about subjects such as the region's notorious air quality, the restoration of the San Joaquin River and unhealthy drinking water in rural towns. Twitter: @markgrossi Email Mark at mgrossi@ fresnobee.com or call him at 559-441-6316.