Watershed Acquisition and Preservation Program

The principal goal of this program is to protect ecologically valuable lands in and around Oakland’s waterways.

Preservation of creek areas improves water quality, creates new open space and recreational opportunities, and protects special wildlife habitats and unique natural resources. Properties are evaluated based on a variety of factors including their potential to improve or protect water quality and habitat, linkages to existing open space or habitat, and community support. Examples might include areas of large intact habitats that would be significantly impacted by development that could fragment habitat and/or significantly impact hydrological functions up and/or downstream.

Acquisitions have been completed at Butters Canyon, Dimond Canyon, and in the San Leandro Creek watershed above Dunsmuir House. A conservation easement has been deeded to the City in Country Club Canyon.

The principal tools utilized by the City to protect land in and around Oakland’s waterways include City partnership with private sector developers to protect creek property within proposed development plans; establishment of conservation easements obtained through purchase or third party donation; and City acquisition of fee simple title either through purchase or third party donation.

If you are interested in establishing a conservation easement on your property or selling your creekside property to the City of Oakland, please contact Jennifer Stern at (510) 238-6191.