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Drought Transcends State Lines as U.S. West Turns Ever-More Arid

A tall bleached 'bathtub ring' is visible on the rocky banks of Lake Powell in Page, Arizona, on March 29, 2015. Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A tall bleached 'bathtub ring' is visible on the rocky banks of Lake Powell in Page, Arizona, on March 29, 2015. Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The record drought plaguing California isn’t limited by lines on a map. Arid conditions caused by dwindling rainfall and snowpack are stretching across the West.

In Washington’s Yakima Valley, popular for growing wine grapes and beer hops, officials are cutting off water to about 1,700 farmers for three weeks starting today. At Lake Mead, east of Las Vegas, a 130-foot white band lines canyon walls as water sinks to the lowest since the reservoir was filled in 1937.