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California Drying Up

A sign on a farm trailer reading 'Food grows where water flows,' hangs over dry, cracked mud at the edge of a farm April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

A sign on a farm trailer reading 'Food grows where water flows,' hangs over dry, cracked mud at the edge of a farm April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Photo by David McNew

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The California Department of Water Resources issued its lowest ever initial estimate on how much water will be delivered from the State Water Project. Winter rain and snowfall may provide relief, but will likely not counteract three years of drought.

The California Department of Water Resources issued its lowest ever initial estimate on how much water will be delivered from the State Water Project. Winter rain and snowfall may provide relief, but will likely not counteract three years of drought.

Photo by David McNew

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The rocks surrounding this dry section of the San Luis Reservoir, show the where the water line used to be. The water supply is down more than 185 feet from normal levels. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

The rocks surrounding this dry section of the San Luis Reservoir, show the where the water line used to be. The water supply is down more than 185 feet from normal levels. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

Photo by David Paul Morris

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The white 'bathtub ring' on the rocks around Lake Mead is from mineral deposits left by higher levels of water.

The white 'bathtub ring' on the rocks around Lake Mead is from mineral deposits left by higher levels of water.

Photo by Ethan Miller

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Water reserves are drying up in the Lexington Reservoir located near Los Gatos, California. The reservoir supplies water to Silicon Valley residents. (Photo by Simon Davidson/Flickr)

Water reserves are drying up in the Lexington Reservoir located near Los Gatos, California. The reservoir supplies water to Silicon Valley residents. (Photo by Simon Davidson/Flickr)

Photo by Simon Davidson

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The California Aqueduct carries water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Southern California as urgent calls for California residents to conserve water grow. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The California Aqueduct carries water from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Southern California as urgent calls for California residents to conserve water grow. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Photo by David McNew

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Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta water system.

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta water system.

Credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services

Dust billows as a farmer plows a dry field April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. Central Valley farmers and farm workers are suffering through the third year of the worsening California drought with extreme water shortages and job losses.

Dust billows as a farmer plows a dry field April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. Central Valley farmers and farm workers are suffering through the third year of the worsening California drought with extreme water shortages and job losses.

Photo by David McNew

Credit: Getty Images

The white 'bathtub ring' on the rocks along the Colorado River is from mineral deposits left by higher levels of water. A seven year drought and increased water demand spurred by explosive population growth in the Southwest has caused the water level to drop over 100 feet to its lowest level since the 1960s.

The white 'bathtub ring' on the rocks along the Colorado River is from mineral deposits left by higher levels of water. A seven year drought and increased water demand spurred by explosive population growth in the Southwest has caused the water level to drop over 100 feet to its lowest level since the 1960s.

Photo by Ethan Miller

Credit: Getty Images

Lake Oroville, the main reservoir for the Calif. water project system, is 25 percent below average and at 64 percent of capacity. (Photo courtesy of Association of California Water Agencies)

Lake Oroville, the main reservoir for the Calif. water project system, is 25 percent below average and at 64 percent of capacity. (Photo courtesy of Association of California Water Agencies)

Credit: Association of California Water Agencies

The Kern River, located near Bakersfield, remains dry -- a condition that is expected to worsen during California's severe drought. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

The Kern River, located near Bakersfield, remains dry -- a condition that is expected to worsen during California's severe drought. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Photo by David McNew

Credit: Getty Images