Drought having big impact despite flowing faucets for everyday Californians

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Drought continues to impact the state multiple ways, and without any mandatory water restrictions it can be difficult for the average Californian to see the drought's effects.

"This ain't right," said Larry Potter, of Rosamond, as he overlooked Isabella Lake. "There ain't nothing out here today."

The man-made reservoir sits at a mere 13 percent of capacity, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Upstream, it's the same case in Kernville, where exposed measuring sticks serve as a reminder of the how high the river used to flow.

"So, the water will be up to those rocks right there," said Guy Jeans, who owns the Kern River Fly Fishing School and Guide Service.

"It'll be probably up like this high," Jeans added, taking his fishing rod high above his head. "Isn't that crazy?"

Two hours north, at the Friant Dam outside of Fresno, Nick Zaninovich with the federal Bureau of Reclamation, said the dam, which holds back Millerton Lake, was at full capacity just a few years ago.

"When I arrived here in June of 2011, it was brimming full," Zaninovich said. "I came on just before water started coming over the top in July."

"Normally, the water would probably be about four feet below where we're standing right now, from the top of this ledge," he added, as he stood one edge of the dam.

The drought's impacts may not be easily seen in most of everyone's every day lives, as water continues to flow freely from faucets and shower heads.

But, it doesn't take a long trip in any direction to see how much of the state and its citizens are feeling the dry spell.