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All day they face the barren waste: the state of California's reservoirs

... without a taste of water: Bob Nolan's lyrics seem particularly apt for a visual survey of dried-up reservoirs

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In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif. Despite recent spot rains, the reservoir, located in Mendocino County, is currently only about 37 percent full. California remains in the midst of a historic drought, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency.

Rich Pedroncelli/AP

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Folsom Lake Marina is seen at Folsom Lake, currently at 17% of its total capacity, in Folsom, California, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. California's worsening drought is raising the stakes for a $15-billion plan, endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown, to build two 48-kilometer water tunnels under an ecologically sensitive river delta east of San Francisco Bay. The tunnels, each as wide as a two-lane interstate highway, would ship water more reliably from northern California to thirsty farms and cities in the south.

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The cracked-dry bed of the Almaden Reservoir is seen on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, in San Jose, Calif.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

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In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli/AP

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Water begins to collect in Lake Oroville at Lime Saddle Marina as rain returned to help with drought conditions Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in Paradise, Calif.

Jason Halley/AP

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