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A Wet Winter Brings a Green Spring to California

The Atlantic Logo By Alan Taylor of The Atlantic | Slide 1 of 11: A composite comparing a view of California during severe drought in 2014 (left) and during the week that the majority of the state's drought emergency is due to be lifted (right). Left image: The Enterprise Bridge passes over a section of Lake Oroville that is nearly dry on August 19, 2014 in Oroville, California. At the time, Lake Oroville was at 32 percent of its total 3,537,577 acre feet. Right image: The Enterprise Bridge passes over a section of Lake Oroville on April 11, 2017.

A composite comparing a view of California during severe drought in 2014 (left) and during the week that the majority of the state's drought emergency is due to be lifted (right). Left image: The Enterprise Bridge passes over a section of Lake Oroville that is nearly dry on August 19, 2014 in Oroville, California. At the time, Lake Oroville was at 32 percent of its total 3,537,577 acre feet. Right image: The Enterprise Bridge passes over a section of Lake Oroville on April 11, 2017.
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