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  • ELEPHANT BUTTE, NM - APRIL 9, 2015:  The Rio Grande is barely a trickle as it exits the Elephant Butte Reservoir this time of year. The reservoir dams the Rio Grande River and at the time it was completed in 1916, it was the largest irrigation reservoir in the world. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • HANFORD, CA - APRIL 4, 2015:  Driller Manuel Lopez runs the Zim Industries well drilling rig as they drill a new well on the edge of a new almond orchard. The crew will spend 3.5 weeks of 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, to drill a 1540 foot well. 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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  • FABENS, TX - APRIL 9, 2015:  Pumped groundwater pours into an irrigation ditch on Bobby Scov's farm. Scov farms 1500 acres of cotton, pecans and onions on the US-Mexico border. He has to rely exclusively on groundwater until he receives his surface water allotment in June. 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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  • LA MESA, NM - APRIL 10, 2015:  Phil Archer chisels concrete to get a outlet to fit on a partially collapsed well on his farm. Archer will have to replace the well soon, one of two on his farm. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • FABENS, TX - APRIL 9, 2015:  Bobby Scov redirects pumped groundwater into furrows on a cotton field on his farm. Scov farms 1500 acres of cotton, pecans and onions on the US-Mexico border. He has to rely exclusively on groundwater until he receives his surface water allotment in June. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • ELEPHANT BUTTE, NM - APRIL 9, 2015:  Johnny Baca fishes on the low Elephant Butte Reservoir. The reservoir dams the Rio Grande River and at the time it was completed in 1916, it was the largest irrigation reservoir in the world. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • FABENS, TX - APRIL 9, 2015:  Bobby Scov redirects pumped groundwater into furrows on a cotton field on his farm. Scov farms 1500 acres of cotton, pecans and onions on the US-Mexico border. He has to rely exclusively on groundwater until he receives his surface water allotment in June. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • DUNNIGAN, CA - APRIL 4, 2015:  Sprinklers irrigate a freshly planted field. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • DUNNIGAN, CA - APRIL 4, 2015:  Farmer Garrett Schaad's face is covered with dust from plowing a dry rice field. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • FABENS, TX - APRIL 9, 2015:  Farmer Bobby Scov checks the depth a cotton planter is seeding on his farm. Scov farms 1500 acres of cotton, pecans and onions on the US-Mexico border. He has to rely exclusively on groundwater until he receives his surface water allotment in June. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • ZAMORA, CA - APRIL 4, 2015:  Ten-day-old corn on Fritz Durst's farm. Durst farms 12 different crops and raises cattle on 6000 acres. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • ZAMORA, CA - APRIL 4, 2015:  Juan Silva manages a temporary dam delivering groundwater to a barley field on Fritz Durst's farm. Durst farms 12 different crops and raises cattle on 6000 acres. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • LA MESA, NM - APRIL 10, 2015:  Skip Potts, left, and Lupe Guillen, right, work to repair a partially collapsed well on Phil Archer's farm. Archer will have to replace the well soon, one of two on his farm. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • LA MESA, NM - APRIL 10, 2015:  A work crew chisels concrete to get a outlet to fit on a partially collapsed well on Phil Archer's, right, farm. Archer will have to replace the well soon, one of two on his farm. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • EL PASO, TX - APRIL 11, 2015:  The dry Rio Grande riverbed becomes the US-Mexico border as it makes its way into El Paso. The Rio Grande runs dry as the Elephant Butte Reservoir is refilled upstream. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • RADIUM SPRINGS, NM - APRIL 10, 2015:  Oscar Escapita nets minnows on the trickle that is the Rio Grande. The Rio Grande runs nearly dry as the Elephant Butte Reservoir is refilled upstream. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • MESILLA, NM - APRIL 10, 2015:  A pecan orchard is flood irrigated, one of the more inefficient ways to irrigate trees. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • LA MESA, NM - APRIL 10, 2015:  A partially collapsed well is repaired enough to get some water flow on Phil Archer's farm. Archer will have to replace the well soon, one of two on his farm. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • LA MESA, NM - APRIL 10, 2015:  Margarito Novello opens an irrigation gate near a partially collapsed well on Archer's farm. Archer will have to replace the well soon, one of two on his farm. CREDIT: Max Whittaker for The New York Times
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  • The Rim Fire burns near Buck Meadows, California, August 24, 2013. The Rim Fire burned 257,314 acres and is the third largest wildfire in California history.
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  • The McCain inmate crew struggles to cut a fire line on a steep slope on the Rim Fire near Buck Meadows, California, August 24, 2013. The Rim Fire burned 257,314 acres and is the third largest wildfire in California history.
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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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