(Washington, DC) - On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources voted unanimously to approve H.R. 2156, the St. Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act. H.R. 2156 was introduced by Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) and unanimously passed the House of Representatives in July of 2017.

The Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act would create a national memorial at the site of the 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster in the  San Francisquito Canyon, which claimed the lives of 431 people. The memorial would be funded by private donations to an independent foundation, the Saint Francis Dam Disaster Memorial Foundation. The memorial would encompass an area covering the national memorial site that was devastated during the ensuing flood after the dam breach.

"This event, and this site, is a vital piece of Southern California's history and should be preserved for future generations to learn and benefit from it," said Rep. Knight "The entire Los Angeles region was shaped and influenced by this disaster, which stands as the worst civil engineering failure in the 20th century. I am very grateful to my Senate colleagues for unanimously approving this bill out of committee and I look forward to continue advocating for it through the final steps to be signed into law."

With a favorable report out of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, H.R. 2156 is now set to receive a vote from the full U.S. Senate.