About the Mitigation Commission
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The Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission is an Executive branch agency of the federal government. The Commission was authorized under the Central Utah Project Completion Act of 1992. The Act set terms and conditions for completing the Central Utah Project, which diverts stores and delivers large quantities of water from numerous Utah rivers to meet the needs of central Utah's citizens.

In addition to meeting Utah's growing demand for water, a major impetus for passage of CUPCA was awareness that prior efforts to mitigate or offset loss of natural resource values lagged far behind construction of CUP water development features or were inadequate when measured against modern environmental standards. The Mitigation Commission is therefore responsible for designing, funding and implementing projects to offset the impacts to fish, wildlife and related recreation resources caused by CUP and other federal reclamation projects in Utah.

Many mitigation projects require completing efforts initially administered by the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation and Department of the Interior, now two of the Commission's most important partners. Other mitigation projects are new mandates included in CUPCA as a condition of CUP completion. The Act requires the Commission to implement these mitigation responsibilities concurrently with completing CUP water development features.

The Commission was established in late 1994 and early 1995. It consists of five commissioners, appointed by the President, and approximately a dozen staff headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Under the Commission's umbrella authority, other federal and Utah state agencies, local governments, universities, non-profit organizations, and the Ute tribe cooperate through agreements with the Commission to implement of a wide variety of ecosystem restoration and wildlife conservation projects in Utah.

Annual funding for Commission projects depends on amounts congressionally appropriated through the Secretary of the Interior as part of the Department of the Interior's Central Utah Project Completion program.

Contingency Plan for Operations in the Absence of Appropriations
This summary document provides an update on our planning for a potential lapse in appropriations. Prudent management requires we continue to prepare for all contingencies, including the possibility of a lapse occurring. In a possible scenario where Congress fails to enact full year appropriations or to fund the government via a continuing resolution, the Commission will execute its contingency plan.

Email Link to the Utah Reclamation Mitigation Conservation Commission, urmcc@uc.usbr.govAddress for Utah Reclamation Mitigation Conservation Commission, 230 South 500 East, Suite 230, Salt Lake City, Utah 84102-2045, (801)524-3146, Fax (801)524-3148

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