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October 19, 2017 REAP grant money available for multiple projects
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Lone Tree

REAP (Resource Enhancement and Protection), Region 10, held its biennial meeting this past Thursday, Oct. 12, to discuss the budget, past projects, and hear suggestions for future projects. Funds to pay for these is awarded as grants.

REAP was established in 1989 and is funded through the State’s Environment First Fund. The money comes primarily from gambling revenues and the sale of natural resources license plates. Since 1990, REAP has dispersed more than $330 million for 15,000 projects.

Washington County’s share has been more than $2 million. Most of that paid for county conservation, restoring roadside vegetation, and soil and water enhancement and conservation.

But other projects are funded as well. In 2011 the City of Riverside received $50,000 for Phase I of the Riverside Trail and in 2002 Wellman received $56,000 for trail and community park improvements.

REAP also funds historical preservation. In 1990 the Mennonite Historical Society received $1000 for the restoration of the Grossdaudy Haus located within the historic Kalona Village, and in 1993 $5,500 was granted to produce an Amish and Mennonite Cemetery directory. This year the Kalona Historical Society received $975 for an exhibit featuring Native American arrow heads and spear points.

Johnson County’s share has been nearly $9 million with $3 million of that going to the cities of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Solon, and Tiffin for city parks and open spaces. More than $780,000 supported nearly 70 projects enabling historical resource development and preservation, $475,000 went to Lake Macbride, and more than $2 million supported county conservation projects. Although grant money did not go to smaller communities such as Lone Tree, REAP supported conservation projects were of benefit to everyone..

This year the legislature appropriated $12 million for REAP projects statewide. Grant money is available for city parks and open spaces, county conservation, private/public open space acquisition, conservation education, historical resource development and more.

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