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Images of California drought: Now and past

7:54 AM, Jan 20, 2014   |    comments
  • Old Shawmut Mine foundation exposed at Lake Don Pedro in Tuolumne County, Oct. 29, 2013 (Calvin curtin, Turlock Irrigation District)
  • Effect of residential water restrictions during 1987-92 drought in California (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • Lake Shasta, northwest over Bay Bridge Resort, March 12, 2009. (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • Farmers turn to groundwater, drip irrigation and other means to keep crops alive during 1987-92 California drought. (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • 1987-92 California drought (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • Lake Oroville Dam, looking east, Feb. 9, 2009 (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • Union Valley Reservoir in El Dorado County, 1976 (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • American River, 1977 (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • Growers cut down orange trees in Southern California in 2009 when water is unavailable (Photo from California Department of Water Resources).
  • Another view of Lake Oroville, South Fork of the Feather River, Feb. 2, 2009 (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • Lake Oroville, South Fork of the Feather River, Feb. 3, 2008 (Photo from California Department of Water Resources).
  • Lake Oroville looking at the South Fork of Feather River, Feb. 3, 2009 (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • Foreman Creek at Lake Oroville, Jan. 3, 2014 (Photo by Jana Frazier, California Department of Water Resources)
  • Dry-farmed oat field replaces water-hungry orange grove in Southern California, March 2009 (Photo from California Department of Water Resources).
  • Folsom Dam, December 2013 (Photo: Paul Janes/News10)
  • Folsom Lake at Granite Bay, December 2014 (Photo: Jenni Smith)
  • Shrinking Folsom Lake, December 2013 (Photo: Jen Morrow)
  • Pinecrest Lake in Stanislaus National Forest, January 2014 (Photo from Tim Daly/News10)
  • Chinook salmon carcasses on the esposed riverbed of the American River, Dec. 31, 2013.(Photo: Dina Kupfer/News10)
  • American River in Sacramento County, Jan. 10, 2014
  • Lake Oroville, South Fork of the Feather River, March 12, 2009 (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • McCabe Creek at Oroville, January 2014 (Photo by Jana Frazier, California Department of Water Resources)
  • How Lake Oroville looked on Jan. 1, 2014 (Photo from Lake Oroville Visitor Center)
  • Lake Oroville, South Fork of the Feather River, Feb. 3, 2009 (Photo from California Department of Water Resources)
  • Lake Oroville, December 2013 (Photo by Jana Frazier, California Department of Water Resources)
  • Lake Oroville, Jan. 1, 2014 (Photo from Lake Oroville Visitor Center)
  • It is not uncommon for the Calaveras River, shown here west of Stockton circa 1899, to dry up. (Courtesy Bill Maxwell, Bank of Stockton)
    
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Drought conditions are not uncommon in California. Before this current three-year dry spell, the state experienced drought conditions as recently as 2007-10. Here's what the Golden State looks like when water is scarce. Upload your own photos using the form below.

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