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Rep. McCarthy Introduces Bill to Name Success Dam After Richard L. Schafer

May 14, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy introduced legislation H.R. 2695 to rename the Success Dam, located in Tulare County, after local businessman and longtime Tule River Water Master, Richard  L. Schafer.
“Richard Schafer is a titan in our community and has worked for years to help ensure that Porterville, Tulare County, and the Central Valley have uninterrupted access to water,” said McCarthy. “I am proud to introduce this bill to name the Success Dam after him. Considering that Schafer helped spearhead the enlargement of the Success Reservoir, which will double flood protection for Porterville and other communities below the dam once complete, it is only fitting that the dam should be named in his honor.”


  • Success Dam is located east of Porterville, California, and is operated and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Richard Schafer, who served our country in World War II, is a registered civil engineer and the sole proprietor of R.L. Schafer & Associates.

  • For 56 years, Schafer has served on numerous water boards and is Water Master on the Tule River. Working to ensure that citizens’ water rights are protected, he has garnered the respect and admiration of his neighbors and community.

  • Schafer and his wife, Dorothy, called Porterville home for years. He continues to live in Tulare County with current wife, Mary.  Schafer has two daughters and sons-in-law: Shelley and Ed Loescher and Sue and Michael Tharp.