The Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP) provides funds through TransNet
to protect, preserve, and restore native habitats as offsets to disturbance caused by the construction of regional and local transportation projects.
The $850-million program began purchasing property in 2008 and has now acquired
more than 3,300 acres around the region at a cost of $99.5 million.
The TransNet EMP goes beyond traditional mitigation programs, buying large parcels of land early at lower prices to comprehensively satisfy the mitigation requirements of current and future projects. Purchase of mitigation lands in advance of need will result in cost savings. In addition to the early acquisition of land, the EMP will provide funds for regional management and monitoring to maintain the biological value of conserved habitat lands.