OROVILLE, Calif. - Lake Oroville, the second-largest reservoir in the state, has seen its water level fall to its lowest recorded level ever.
On Wednesday, the lake dropped to nearly 642-feet above mean sea level, passing the all-time low that was set in 1977.
On Aug. 4, 2020, Lake Oroville was reported at 768-feet above mean sea level. In 2019, it was even higher at 867-feet above mean sea level.
The low level comes one day after state water regulators voted in favor of an emergency order that limits water access for thousands of area farmers.
Nearly half of California is in an exceptional drought, according to the latest information from the U.S. drought monitor.