Watershed Acquisition and Preservation Program

Protecting Oakland's ecologically valuable lands and waterways.

Posted: June 13th, 2019 10:42 AM

Last Updated: March 8th, 2022 10:53 AM

Contact Us

To discuss donating or selling property and/or conservation easements to the City of Oakland for long-term natural resource protection, please contact Mike Perlmutter at (510) 238-7294 or mperlmutter@oaklandca.gov.


Through Measure DD - the Oakland Trust for Clean Water and Safe Parks, passed by voters in 2002, the City of Oakland works to acquire properties and conservation easements of Oakland’s ecologically valuable lands and waterways.

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. Priority 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.


This program has acquired a conservation easement of creekside habitat in Country Club Canyon and conservation properties at Butters Canyon, Dimond Canyon, Beaconsfield Canyon, Glen Echo Creek, Dimond Park, and in the San Leandro Creek watershed above Dunsmuir House.

Conservation Easement Background Information