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Bridge over Lake Oroville, CA
Lake Oroville, California
California is in the midst of a severe" drought:
In May, 100% of California was experiencing "severe" drought -- the third harshest on a five-level scale -- but since things have leveled off, that figure has only improved to 99.8%, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report.

Meanwhile, nearly 82% of California continues to suffer "extreme" drought, and within that area, more than half the state is under the driest "exceptional" drought category.

Californians have been feeling the effects of drought for quite some time, with officials ordering water restrictions and pleading for residents to conserve water in all ways possible. Hell, even the "Ice Bucket Challenge" is viewed as controversial in California because it wastes water.

Below the fold are some stunning photos that depict just how bad the drought has become in some areas.

Boats on Lake Oroville, CA
Boats on Lake Oroville, CA
Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake, California
Shasta Lake
Shasta Lake, California
Folsom dam and reservoir
Dam at Folsom Lake, California
Folsom Lake
Folsom Lake, California
Lake Oroville
Lake Oroville, California

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 12:44 PM PDT.

Also republished by California politics, Climate Change SOS, Butte County kossacks of CA-01, and Daily Kos.

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