REAP Assembly Planned For Oct. 5
DES MOINES – Iowans will have an opportunity to offer their comments on the state’s Resource Enhancement and Protection Program, or REAP, through a series of public forums.
The nearest REAP Assembly for public input has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the Clay County Regional Events Center in Spencer. An open house with displays will be held from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. with the assembly itself beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The REAP program, which is administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, has been in existence for 22 years in the state, and has funded some $260 million in projects for parks, soil, water and habitat improvements, roadside prairies, historical development and conservation education. Funding for REAP projects is determined through a formula that distributes funding to farmers, conservation organizations, educators, cities, counties, historians, and state projects. The funding for REAP comes from gaming revenues and sales of natural resource license plates.
Iowa’s Legislature appropriated $15 million in funding for REAP in 2010, but cut that amount to $12 million in 2011. To fully fund the REAP Program as it was originally created, it would require $20 million.
As the original legislation that created the REAP program calls for public participation through county committees and 18 assemblies held throughout the state, the upcoming series of assemblies has been scheduled for the coming year. The REAP assemblies are open to the public.