st francis damBig news from DC: The House gave the thumbs-up to legislation, introduced by Representative Steve Knight, to create a memorial for the St. Francis Dam Disaster.

“This is great news for the community,” said Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel of SGMF member organization the Community Hiking Club. “The entire riparian area of 440 acres will be protected as part of the monument and memorial. This riparian area supports Unarmored Three Spine Stickleback (UTS) as well as the red-legged frogs, our new state amphibian. San Francisquito Creek that runs through the Dam site is one of the largest habitats in the state for these endangered creatures. It’s a great feeling to be able to protect endangered species and to honor the victims of the St. Francis Dam disaster of 1928.”

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