San Joaquin River water from Millerton Lake is being released by federal officials to a group of west San Joaquin Valley growers with water rights dating from the 1870s. Video by John Walkerfirstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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.