Mark Grossi, The Fresno Bee

Mark Grossi

The Fresno Bee

Fresno, CA, United States

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Past articles by Mark:

China’s bad air adds to the San Joaquin Valley’s problems, but the toxic nightmare is already here

Fireworks erupted late on a clear Sunday morning – a wedding during Golden Week celebrations honoring Chinese independence. It was in full swing only a short time before a cloud of soot turned the air into a murky mess in this port city of 9 million. → Read More

Earth Log: After 40 years of journalism, an October sunset

Thirty-seven years ago, I wrote my first story about the environment on a thoroughly modern electric typewriter. The story was about this idea to build the “Peripheral Canal,” but this column is not about that idea. → Read More

Earth Log: Kidney stone of a summer, but it has passed

It was a long, strange summer in the most brutal of the four drought years. In early October, it’s a good time to look back briefly, but only if you also try to look forward. → Read More

Fresno misses goal for September water cutbacks

Fresno water conservation fell to 22.3 percent in September, missing the 28 percent state-ordered target and raising concerns among city officials. → Read More

Yosemite is third-oldest national park, but parks idea was born there

Yosemite on Thursday is celebrating its 125th anniversary a week later than Sequoia and 18 years behind Yellowstone. And Yosemite was actually tied for third on Oct. 1, 1890, when it was officially established. → Read More

Westlands Water District’s drainage cleanup time may have come

Fifteen years ago, a court ordered federal officials to get rid of potentially poisonous irrigation drainage trapped below vast Westlands Water District farms – “without delay.” → Read More

From ashes of Rough fire, what’s the real problem here?

Our story Sunday about the 142,000-acre Rough fire touched a few nerves as it described seven weeks of burning, smoke, evacuations, expense and high anxiety. → Read More

Next drought nightmare: The fire that wouldn’t die

Firefighting commander Rocky Opliger can dial directly into the Rough fire on his iPhone 6s to track his location via satellite as he walks the perimeter for a detailed look. He can stream live video feeds from helicopters and aircraft – in 3-D. → Read More

Whiff of ‘wet ash’ – rain helps end soot siege

After the spritzing of rain Monday, Fresnan Tom Bohigian said on Facebook that it smelled like “wet ash” downtown. It really did. → Read More

El Niño stays warm, boosting hopes for wet California winter

The Pacific Ocean along the equator stands a 95 percent chance of staying warm through winter and possibly influencing storms to hit drought-damaged California, federal officials said Thursday at an increasingly popular monthly update on El Niño. → Read More

Rough fire soot got you down? Defend yourself

You’ve had a headache for two days. The tickle in your throat has become a constant pain. And your airways feel like they’re swollen. It’s the soot and ozone in the summer’s worst week of air quality. → Read More

September, climate change and ice mummies in the Sierra

Ten years ago, I wrote my favorite two paragraphs about climate change. And I didn’t even mention those two words: → Read More

City folk ask: Don’t farmers and environment use more water?

The San Joaquin Valley’s drought fight has spread this year from farm fields to cities, as Bee reporter Marc Benjamin and I reported over the weekend. Now readers are asking me to compare city water use with agriculture and environmental use. → Read More

In San Joaquin Valley, drought fight has landed in cities

The San Joaquin Valley now battles California’s epic drought in cities as much as its nation-leading farm fields. → Read More

Time for next turnaround on San Joaquin River

More than six decades after their deaths, the San Joaquin River and chinook salmon slowly are coming back to life in an unprecedented, hard-fought revival. But raising the dead here is not the real magic. → Read More

Does landscaping get a bad rap as water waster?

It’s August in a miserable California drought year — water-use crackdowns, fines, lawsuits, shaming and brown lawns. People are getting a little defensive about the manic push to save water. → Read More

Breathe deep: Best July in two decades

July hasn’t been so nice since 1995 in the San Joaquin Valley. We’re talking about dirty air, and the lack of it last month. → Read More

Clearing the western road to Yosemite — finally

On the steep wall along Ferguson Ridge, an American flag waves above imposing rows of metal “drapery” that stretch hundreds of feet downward. → Read More

San Joaquin River restoration timetable extended

After missing ambitious deadlines to restore the San Joaquin River, federal leaders this week extended deadlines to 2030 and beyond while holding down federal appropriations funding to less than $50 million annually. → Read More

Years later, 7 Tulare County towns still wait for clean drinking water

In 2011, folks in northern Tulare County were in an uproar about a project that seemed ready to get fresh Kings River water for seven communities where dangerous chemicals lurk in the well water. → Read More