Remember the heat wave in Fresno last August?

The streak of 100-degree-plus days in Fresno came a little early this year, and I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how comfortable July 2012 was. That’s true, but don’t forget about last August.

Fresno had 23 days of triple digits in August — 19 of them consecutive. One of those days was 110 degrees, another was 111. Definitely not comfortable.

The all-time record is 21 in a row, set in 2005. Last August narrowly missed it.

The 19-day streak last August was preceded by two 99 degree days. The two 99-degree days were preceded by three triple-digit days at the start of August. And July ended with two 100-plus days.

Doing the math, if those two 99- degree days had been just a little warmer, Fresno’s new record would have been 26 in a row.

By comparison, July 2012 was far more pleasant. It had only 13 days of 100-degree readings. On July 17 last year, the high temperature was 85. The temperature dropped to 60 that night. That might feel pretty good right now.

Delta Water Summit Aug. 3 at Fresno State

Water experts, lawmakers and government officials will field questions from the public in a Delta Water Summit, scheduled 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union.

I will write a story about it in the next week or so, but it’s time to get the word out about the summit, which focuses on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Public leaders, scientists, biologists and engineers have been working for years on a plan to revive the declining delta ecosystem while providing a more certain water supply for cities and farms.

The plan is reaching critical mass now, with state leaders focused on two multibillion-dollar water supply tunnels that bypass the sensitive delta.

Though the process has been contentious and sometimes quite loud, the public has largely ignored it. The summit on Aug. 3 is an attempt to explain the issues and answer questions, according to the Latino Water Coalition, a Valley group that organized the summit.

Gov. Jerry Brown has been invited to make an appearance and speak at the beginning of the summit. There’s no word yet on whether he will be there.

New organization will advocate for rural towns

Community worker Veronica Garibay and lawyer Phoebe Seaton — known for their work on the Community Equity Initiative at California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. — have launched a new organization to continue helping rural California.

The nonprofit Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability will focus on land-use planning, resources and government organization.

Garibay and Seaton say there is a need to directly organize, influence policy and legally protect low-income, rural communities from environmental degradation and inequality.

Said Seaton: “Local decisionmakers have historically and systematically failed to invest in low-income communities on the one hand, while over-burdening those same communities with industrial, toxic and hazardous facilities.”

Leadership Counsel will collaborate with CRLA, a nonprofit legal advocacy group that has long promoted the interests of migrant laborers and the rural poor.