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Lake Mission Viejo isn't feeling California drought — yet
Lake Mission Viejo isn't feeling California drought — yet

Lake Mission Viejo is Southern California at its most idyllic and, when it comes to water, its most extravagant. Multimillion-dollar homes surround a 1.2-billion-gallon lake created solely for recreation, where sailboats sway under sunny afternoon skies as children frolic on pristine sandy beaches. Since its creation in the 1970s — in the middle of a drought — the manufactured lake has become so ingrained in south Orange County's identity that it is the backdrop to Mission Viejo's city seal. Now, almost 40 years after first-term Gov. Jerry Brown chastised officials for filling the lake "while others use buckets to collect water in their showers," Mission...

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