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Natural Resources Writer — Fresno Bee

Fresno Bee journalist using science to tell the story of the San Joaquin Valley and the Sierra Nevada. Email:

Dead trees and dread: State’s worst wildfire peril east of Fresno — Californians trembled two years ago as 200-foot flames from the Rim fire sent up pyrocumulus clouds visible 100 miles away from the central Sierra Nevada. Burning from August to October, it left a charred footprint nearly the size of Los Angeles - a reminder that the state had just passed through two dry winters.

Drought-squeezed Kings River will rise for a while — A drought-shortened water delivery season is scheduled to begin Friday along the lower Kings River near Reedley, Kingsburg, Laton, Lemoore and Riverdale.

Kings River will be rising for a while — A drought-shortened water delivery season is scheduled to begin Friday along the lower Kings River near Reedley, Kingsburg, Laton, Lemoore and Riverdale.

They’ve already used the water once — If you see Jennifer Sjoberg watering her front lawn some evening on a no-watering day, stifle your shame-and-snark reflex. She's spraying water that she already used in her house. Last Friday when I visited her home just south of Shields Avenue near Van Ness Avenue, she was spraying water recaptured from three loads of laundry.

Two more districts leave Friant Water Authority — Time to catch up on Friant Water Authority, a key farm water player that has been splintered by the intense drought. The authority has lost 10 of its 21 member districts - eight earlier this year, followed more recently by Stone Corral Irrigation District and Teapot Dome Irrigation District.

Media siege didn’t reveal East Porterville’s real drought peril — In the worldwide reporting frenzy on California drought and dry wells in East Porterville, I hadn't read about a health crisis until Bee reporter Andrea Castillo told us about it on Sunday. This is about human suffering among people who already are dying younger due to dirty air, polluted water, poverty and lack of education.

Deepest drought issue: Beyond shallow look at groundwater — Several years ago, west-side water leader Sargeant Green watched in amazement as a well-drilling crew pulled pieces of an ancient redwood tree out of a hole more than 1,000 feet deep. How did that tree travel 100 miles west from the Sierra Nevada and land 1,000 feet deep on the arid west side of the San Joaquin Valley?

National Park Service offers Yosemite contract to new company — The National Park Service on Wednesday picked Philadelphia-based Aramark to run hotels, stores, restaurants and other services in Yosemite National Park, offering the company a 15-year contract worth nearly $2 billion.

Amid snarks and shaming, five tips to save water at home — Gray is the new green. And a lot of readers apparently are doing more than counting to two. That's water conservation jargon. I ran across it while reading suggestions you folks sent me after I asked for ideas on saving water last week. Drought snarking and shaming continues, too.

Mendota water advocate, leader Ed Petry, 86, dies — Mendota civic leader Edward Petry died Friday in Fresno after decades of representing his area's water interests with state, federal and county agencies. Mr. Petry, a native of Boston, was 86. State and federal agencies had long sought his advice and comment on projects along the San Joaquin Valley's west side.
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Jul 02, 2015

Fresno records .01 inch of rain, a record for July 1 (OK, it's not a dry heat right now)

Jul 02, 2015

Name the granite features around Half Dome. (Use this if you don't know):

Jul 02, 2015

Last year in Bakersfield, the 4th of July spike didn't quite go 3 times higher than the health standard

Jul 02, 2015

@airfrezno Lifted from the SVAPCD ... not sure of the origin, but it's pretty dramatic and pretty much right.

Jul 02, 2015

Astounding 4th of July pollution spike five years ago in Bakersfield:

Jul 02, 2015

Might want to move the dune buggy. Kings River will run Friday for irrigation deliveries #sjvalleywater

Jul 02, 2015

Fourth of July: Fireworks celebrations shower air with particles of metal and chemicals. Don't inhale.

Jul 01, 2015

Don't inhale Bakersfield: You spiked a big ozone number yesterday:

Jul 01, 2015

Ouch. Air quality bleeding red with exceedances all over San Joaquin Valley

Jul 01, 2015

Largest wildfires in California's history? Before a big one starts, here are the top 20

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