Every two years, Iowans get the chance to learn about and influence the impact of Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program.The 2015 REAP Assembly schedule has been released, a series of public meetings held in 18 different regions throughout the state.
REAP assemblies provide residents of Iowa the opportunity to learn about the impact REAP has had in their region, as well as suggest future projects for REAP consideration and changes to REAP policy, programs and funding.
All assembly meetings will begin with an open house at 6 p.m., with the meeting from 6:30-8 p.m.
What to expect from a REAP assembly:
- The DNR provides those attending with information regarding REAP expenditures. The overall REAP budget is presented and projects in the region are listed that have been funded with REAP dollars.
- People attending the assemblies shall identify opportunities for regional REAP projects. Examples that have frequently come up are trails, river corridor protection, wetland restoration, soil erosion prevention, conservation education, and resource inventories.
- People attending the assemblies shall also review and recommend changes to REAP policies, programs, and funding. This is the portion of the meeting that people speak out on anything they want regarding the inner workings of REAP.
- And last but not least, the people at the assemblies are responsible for electing five individuals to serve on the REAP Congress. In addition to the five delegates, 3-5 other people are elected as alternates to the delegates. In the event that one of the delegates cannot attend the Congress, an alternate fills that spot.
Sept. 29 – Correctionville (Region 4) // Correctionville Community Center
Sept. 30 – Spencer (Region 3) // Clay County Regional Events Center
Oct. 1 – Carroll (Region 12) // Conservation Center at Swan Lake State Park
Oct. 6 – Maquoketa (Region 8) // Hurstville Interpretive Center
Oct. 7 – Davenport (Region 9) // Credit Island Lodge
Oct. 8 – Oxford (Region 10) // Conservation Education Center — Kent Park
Oct. 13 – Burlington (Region 16) // Star’s Cave Nature Center
Oct. 14 – Ottumwa (Region 15) // Bridgeview Center
Oct. 15 – Chariton (Region 18) // Pin Oak Lodge
Oct. 20 – Webster City (Region 5) // Briggs Woods Golf Course Lodge
Oct. 21 – Marshalltown (Region 6) // Grimes Farm – Conservation Center
Oct. 22 – Afton (Region 14) // Three Mile Lake Lodge
Oct. 27 – Cedar Falls (Region 7) // Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Oct. 28 – Decorah (Region 1) // Luther College – Olin Building, Room 102
Oct. 29 – Ventura (Region 2) // Ventura Community Center
Nov. 3 – Clarinda (Region 13) // Lied Center
Nov. 4 – Council Bluffs (Region 17) // Breezy Lodge
Nov. 5 – Bondurant (Region 11) // Bondurant Public Library
See a more detailed schedule here: 2015 REAP Assembly Schedule