Cranes' habitat called key
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is an attempt to resolve decades of conflict over water supplies and endangered species. The estuary is the largest on the West Coast of the Americas, and provides drinking water to two-thirds of California's population.
State DWR has dual role
The conservation easement on Staten Island presents a challenging set of circumstances, said Russ Shay, public policy director at the Land Trust Alliance in Washington, D.C., an authority on conservation easements. This is largely because the Staten Island easement is enforced and held in trust on behalf of the public by the California Department of Water Resources, which is also the lead agency proposing the tunnels.