H.R.2156 – Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act

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Week ending July 14, 2017

H.R.2156 – Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act


“The bill establishes the Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Monument on specified National Forest System land administered by USDA in Los Angeles County for the purpose of conserving and enhancing the cultural, archaeological, historical, watershed, educational, and recreational resources and values of the Monument.”

“On March 12, 1928, the Saint Francis Dam located in the northern portion of Los Angeles County, California, breached, resulting in a devastating flood that caused the death of approximately 425 individuals.

“The residents of Santa Clarita Valley, San Francisquito Canyon, Castaic Junction, Santa Clara River Valley, Piru, Fillmore, Bardsdale, Saticoy, and Santa Paula were directly impacted and suffered greatly from the worst flood in the history of the State of California.

“The disaster resulted in a tremendous loss of human life, property, and the livelihood of local residents, and was surpassed in the level of destruction in the 20th century only by the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.The monument will have 440 acres and will memorialize the victims of the Saint Francis Dam failure.”

“USDA shall develop a management plan for the Monument and shall manage the Monument: (1) in a manner that conserves and enhances its cultural and historic resources, and (2) in accordance with the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974. The bill limits the use of motorized vehicles but permits grazing within the Monument.”

 (Full text of H.R. 2156 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] (Introduced 04/26/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.

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Cost to the taxpayersCBO expects that the construction of the memorial or any other structures or improvements within the monument would be funded by donations.


Based on information provided by the Forest Service regarding the amount of staff time required to carry out the activities required under the bill, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost less than $130,000 (the estimated cost of one year’s salary and benefits for a mid- to senior-level employee of the Forest Service in Los Angeles County) over the 2018-2022 period; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. If in accordance with the recommendations provided to the Congress from the Forest Service any improvements were made within the monument, including constructing a visitor center, the cost of managing the monument could exceed $130,000. However, CBO expects that any costs associated with those improvements would be incurred after 2022.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting H.R. 2156 could affect direct spending by increasing donations, which are treated as reductions in direct spending, and the associated direct spending of those funds to construct a memorial; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates that any net effect on direct spending would be negligible. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 2156 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2156 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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