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  • MAXWELL, CA - AUGUST 12: Joe Carrancho has had to fallow 25% of his rice acreage due to a lack of water. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Prime for The Washington Post)
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  • MAXWELL, CA - AUGUST 12: Dust blows around a farmer as he discs a dry, fallowed field. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Prime for The Washington Post)
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  • LOVELOCK, NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: State Park rangers burn weeds on the exposed lakebed of the Rye Patch reservoir which sits at 3.5% capacity as a drought emergency is declared in Nevada. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • YERINGTON NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: Darrell Pursel feeds horses on his ranch as a drought emergency is declared in Nevada. Pursel's family has owned the ranch since 1863, and he can't remember a drought this bad. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • LOVELOCK, NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: A wild horse carcass decays in the desert as a drought emergency is declared in Nevada. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • FOLSOM, CA - JANUARY 15, 2014: The Folsom Lake Marina sits on dry lakebed as the Folsom Lake reservoir drops to 18% capacity as an unseasonably dry winter in California stokes fears of a severe drought. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • LOVELOCK, NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: Rancher Anthony Moura ignited propane pumped into pocket gopher holes to kill the gophers that kill the alfalfa on his ranch. Normally, Moura floods his fields to irrigate and eliminate the pocket gophers, but with drought conditions, he's trying other options and expects to receive none of his expected water allotment. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • LOVELOCK, NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: The Pitt Dam sits dry as a drought emergency is declared in Nevada. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • YERINGTON NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: A cow and newborn calf on Darrell Pursel's ranch as a drought emergency is declared in Nevada. Pursel's family has owned the ranch since 1863, and he can't remember a drought this bad. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • SODA SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 15, 2014: Lifts sit idle at Donner Ski Ranch as an unseasonably dry winter in California stokes fears of a severe drought. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • FOLSOM, CA - JANUARY 15, 2014: The Folsom Lake Marina sits on dry lakebed as the Folsom Lake reservoir drops to 18% capacity as an unseasonably dry winter in California stokes fears of a severe drought. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • A stairway leads to nowhere at the Folsom Lake Marina as Folsom Lake recedes under drought conditions January 9, 2014 in Folsom, California.
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  • Rel, left, and Bob Flanagan visit the greatly receded Folsom Lake under drought conditions January 9, 2014 in Folsom, California.
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  • SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 3, 2014:  Sacramento City water waste inspector Ron Carpenter tries to find the source of flowing water on one of Sacramento's enforced "no watering" days. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 3, 2014:  Sacramento City water waste inspector Ron Carpenter hands a violation notice to a resident on one of Sacramento's enforced "no watering" days. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • LOVELOCK, NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: A pond is dried-up on the Moura ranch and they expect to receive none of their expected water allotment as a drought emergency is declared in Nevada. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • NELSON, CA - AUGUST 12: Jeremy Clinkenbeard, left, and Jon, right, drill a new water well on the edge of a rice field in the Central Valley. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Prime for The Washington Post)
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  • MAXWELL, CA - AUGUST 12: A sign on the door of the Family Water Alliance advocates for more reservoirs. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Prime for The Washington Post)
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  • LOVELOCK, NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: The Rye Patch reservoir sits at 3.5% capacity as a drought emergency is declared in Nevada. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • LOVELOCK, NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: A water gauge at Pitt Dam sits dry as a drought emergency is declared in Nevada. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • LOVELOCK, NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: The Humboldt River is dry as a drought emergency is declared in Nevada. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • YERINGTON NV - JANUARY 29, 2014: Some of Darrell Pursel's alfalfa fields sit dry from lack of water as a drought emergency is declared in Nevada. Pursel's family has owned the ranch since 1863, and he can't remember a drought this bad. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • Despite a winter seriously lacking in snow, Sugar Bowl has managed to keep a few lifts and a handful of runs skiable in Soda Springs, California, December 30, 2013.
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  • Slips at the Folsom Lake Marina sit on dry ground as Folsom Lake recedes under drought conditions January 9, 2014 in Folsom, California.
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  • FOLSOM, CA - JANUARY 15, 2014: A visitor rides on the dry lakebed of Folsom Lake reservoir, which has dropped to 18% capacity as an unseasonably dry winter in California stokes fears of a severe drought. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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