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October 19, 2017 REAP gives Iowans a say
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Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) assemblies will be held in Oct. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your vision for Iowa’s outdoor recreation, soil and water enhancement, historical resources and land management.

The REAP assembly for Region 10, which includes Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties, will be 6:30-8 p.m., Oct. 12 at the Terry Trueblood Rec. Area - Park Lodge in Iowa City.

The REAP assembly for Region 15, which includes Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren and Wapello counties, will be 6:30-8 p.m., Oct. 18 at the Lake Keomah State Park Lodge in Oskaloosa.

REAP assemblies are locally led meetings where Iowans can share and vote on ideas for their parks, trails, museums and other amenities. Iowans can discuss the program, recommend changes and evaluate the program’s impact.

REAP provides money for natural and cultural resources through state agency budgets or in the form of grants. REAP is funded from the state’s Environment First Fund (made up of gambling revenue) and from the sale of the natural resources license plates.

The Legislature sets the amount of REAP funding every year. This year, REAP was appropriated $12 million. When you add license plate and interest income, its total budget is about $12.5 million. Several aspects of REAP also encourage private contributions that help accomplish even more.

Each year, REAP provides funding for local projects through a grant process. There is a lot of demand, with requests for city and county grants far exceeding the amount available. Since the program got its start in 1989, more than $330 million has been awarded to more than 15,000 projects.

REAP benefits every single county every year—whether it be through improved water quality, preserving our history or enhancing outdoor recreation. Learn more about REAP and how you can be involved at iowareap.com.

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