The sun beating down on a bone-dry gravel bar beneath Lutheran Bridge symbolizes what at least two Carson Valley growers are describing as the worst drought in their lifetimes.
On Tuesday, Fred Stodieck, whose family has ranched and farmed acreage near Waterloo Lane since 1868, said he couldn't recall a time when there was no water, not even a trickle, flowing under the bridge in Gardnerville.
The irrigation diversion for Stodieck's 400 acres of grazing pasture, hay fields and seed garlic happens to sit just below that bridge.
"This is probably the worst drought," the 67-year-old said. "I've seen bad …