California Senators Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein introduced the “St. Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act” in the Senate to establish a national memorial in San Francisquito Canyon to honor the hundreds of those who lost their lives following the dam collapse and flood of 1928.
Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel of Nature for All member organization Community Hiking Club has championed this legislation to establish the national monument, which would be managed by the U.S. Forest Service. “I am thrilled that both Senators Feinstein and Harris have gotten behind this bipartisan legislation and have co-introduced it. Now we can look forward to it passing in the Senate, and President Trump signing it into law. This will be a dream come true, not only for us, but for all the families of those who lost loved ones in the resulting flood.”
When the companion Congressional bill was introduced and passed earlier this year, Erskine-Hellrigel applauded the move to honor the victims and also protect the area, which is home to Unarmored Three Spine Stickleback (UTS) and the red-legged frog, our new state amphibian.