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McCarthy Statement on Success Reservoir Enlargement Project (SREP) Timeline

Mar 5, 2019
Press Release


Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) recently-announced timeline for completion of construction of the Success Reservoir Enlargement Project (SREP) by 2023:

“Increasing flood protection to Porterville and Tulare County from Lake Success has been a top priority of mine in Congress. That is why I brought senior Army Corps officials to Porterville in 2016 to tour Lake Success and meet with community leaders to advocate for the enlargement project. I am glad to report that working alongside the Army Corps, we were able to secure full funding for this project last year.

“In another major step forward, the Army Corps recently announced a timeline for completion of the enlargement project, with construction expected to be finished in 2023. Raising and widening the spillway is vital to the safety of Porterville’s nearly 60,000 residents and the protection of thousands of acres of farmland below Success Dam. I look forward to continuing to work with the Army Corps and our community to ensure the project remains on track.”

The following City of Porterville and Tulare County community leaders provided statements on the SREP timeline:

“The Success Reservoir Enlargement Project began nearly 40 years ago and, after numerous interruptions, the Tule River Association is pleased the Army Corps has released a timeline to completion. The current schedule indicates that construction will be completed by 2023, but we hope the Army Corps will be able to condense this timeline. I want to thank Congressman McCarthy for his continued efforts to advance the Success Reservoir Enlargement Project to completion to help Porterville and Tulare County, and all other works that he performs for the nation.”Mr. Richard L. Schafer, Tule River Watermaster

"Local residents have been aware of the SREP for years and there is a sense of urgency building now to see it completed. With the advent of SGMA in 2020 there is a heightened emphasis on water storage and the need to get this done on the quickest possible timeline. I am happy to hear the USACE has provided a timeline for completion of this key project for our area." The Honorable Dennis Townsend, 5th District Tulare County Supervisor

On behalf of the residents of the City of Porterville, we are very pleased to have received the expected timeline for completion of the Success Reservoir Enlargement Project. We are truly appreciative for both last year's determination by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide full funding for the project, as well as the expeditious timeline now received to complete construction on this significant project by 2023, which will have tremendous benefit to the community and broader region both in terms of flood protection and water storage. We would like to sincerely thank Congressman McCarthy and the stakeholders of the Tule River Improvement Joint Powers Authority for their continued dedicated efforts and support for this long-needed project.” – The Honorable Martha A. Flores, Mayor of the City of Porterville

To have a flood control and water storage project being completed in the southern end of the Valley is exciting to see. The local water agencies have been working side by side with Congressman McCarthy and the Corps to keep progress moving and we are seeing that in real time now. The schedule will get the project operational in the next several years. That’s quite an accomplishment in today’s world of water projects that often take much, much longer.” – Mr. Dan Vink, Project Lead for the Tule River Improvement Joint Powers Authority

SREP Background


  • Timeline:  Click here 
  • Purpose:  Reducing flood risk and improving irrigation water supply
  • Design:  Widening the existing spillway and raising it 10 feet, increasing the reservoir’s capacity by 28,000 acre-feet
  • Total Cost:  $74M