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 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)
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.
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.