California’s historic drought

With reservoirs at record lows, California is in the midst of the worst drought in decades. [14 photos total]

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A tire rests on the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, a key Mendocino County reservoir, in Ukiah, California February 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Noah Berger) #
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Cattle graze on hay in a landscape that would normally be covered in green grass on the Van Vleck Ranch in Rancho Murieta, California, February 12, 2014. (REUTERS/Max Whittaker) #
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A police officer mans a roadblock as smoke billows from a wildfire driven by fierce Santa Ana winds in Rancho Cucamonga, California April 30, 2014. The so-called Etiwanda Fire, a wind-driven brush fire burning out of control in drought-parched Southern California wildland, forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents in the northern part of suburban Rancho Cucamonga, officials said. (REUTERS/David McNew) #
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A tiny patch of snow sits in the shade of a tree at the site of a California Department of Water Resources snow survey in Phillips, California May 1, 2014. The reading at Phillips is zero, where it typically averages roughly 40 inches of snow on May 1, and the statewide snowpack water content is at 18 percent of average. (REUTERS/Max Whittaker) #
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A houseboat is removed from the receding water at Bridge Bay in Shasta Lake, which is 100 feet (30 meters) below its normal levels, in Shasta, Calif., January 23, 2014. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith) #
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A stream of water trickles on the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, Calif., January 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith) #
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A dock extends into the dry bed of Lake Mendocino, a key Mendocino County reservoir, in Ukiah, California February 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Noah Berger) #
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Thousands of juvenile salmon are dispatched into a holding tank in the Sacramento River in Rio Vista, California March 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith) #
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Visitors take photographs at the bottom of Folsom Lake, which is 17 percent of its capacity, in Folsom, Calif., January 22, 2014. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith) #
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The remains of an automobile is pictured on the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir near San Jose, Calif., January 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith) #
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A tumbleweed is seen at an irrigation channel on a farm near Cantua Creek, California February 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith) #
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A secret service agent looks over a farm field as President Barack Obama speaks to the media on California's drought situation in Los Banos, California February 14, 2014. (REUTERS/Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Pool) #
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The nearly dry bottom of the Almaden Reservoir is shown near San Jose, Calif., January 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith) #
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A visitor walks near the receding waters at Folsom Lake, which is 17 percent of its capacity, in Folsom, Calif., January 22, 2014. (REUTERS/Robert Galbraith) #

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