PHOTOS: Drought Returns to California as Lake Oroville Drops Dramatically

PHOTOS: Drought Returns to California as Lake Oroville Drops Dramatically


California is on the verge of another drought, as the dry winter has led to alarmingly low water levels in Lake Oroville, one of the most important dams in the state.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has not yet declared a drought for the state, but recently declared a drought emergency for Mendocino and Sonoma counties. The Los Angeles Times notes that water levels at Lake Oroville, the highest dam in the country, “have dropped to 42% of its 3,537,577 acre foot capacity.”

Photos taken by Justin Sullivan of Getty Images show just how acute the lack of rainfall and snowmelt have become:

OROVILLE, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 27: In an aerial view, a truck drives on the Enterprise Bridge over a section of Lake Oroville on April 27, 2021 in Oroville, California. Four years after then California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order to lift the California’s drought emergency, the state

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