Monday August 29, 2022

The Sun Gazette

The second phase of the Lake Success Schafer Dam project, aimed at reducing flooding and increasing water storage, began with a groundbreaking ceremony held by Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

The ceremony took place on Aug. 26, after a groundbreaking event for Phase I of the project did not happen in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office used Phase II as a way to highlight the importance of the project and the congressman’s efforts to get the project started, which started with his introduction into office in 2013. Completion of the project is anticipated for late 2023.

“Today is not the end, it is the beginning of the end,” McCarthy said at the ceremony.

McCarthy said he hopes this project can be an example to other communities across California as a way to prevent another 30 year wait for lake widening projects that could increase water storage. He used the Shasta Lake dam, located in the northern end of Sacramento Valley, as an example of a lake that could benefit from additional water storage.

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