Lawmakers seek probe in NorCal Delta deal

SACRAMENTO The money went to The Nature Conservancy, a national environmental group, to buy Staten Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in 2001.

The state auditor recently questioned the benefits of using more than $17 million in state bond money for an easement, levee repairs and operating costs on the 9,200-acre island.

Republican Assemblymen Bill Maze of Visalia and Doug LaMalfa of Richvale want a federal investigation of the deal.

Spokesmen for The Nature Conservancy and state Resources Agency say there was nothing improper.

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