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Before and After: California Reservoir Drops to 17 Percent Capacity

<p>Northern California's Folsom Lake has shrunk from 97 percent capacity in 2011, to just 17 percent capacity this past January</p>
Image: Northern California's Folsom Lake on January 16, 2014.
Northern California's Folsom Lake on January 16, 2014. The reservoir, 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, has shrunk from 97 percent capacity in 2011, to 17 percent capacity in this past January, according to a news release from the California Department of Water Resources. California Department of Water Resources

Northern California's Folsom Lake, above, on Jan. 16, 2014.

The reservoir, 25 miles northeast of Sacramento, has shrunk from 97 percent capacity in 2011, to just 17 percent capacity this past January, according to a news release from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR).

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Northern California's Folsom Lake on July 20, 2011.California Department of Water Resources