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Washington County Conservation Concerned by REAP Funding Cuts

Posted: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 6:24 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

As the Washington County Conservation Board (WCCB) projects revenue for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, one item of concern is Resource Enhancement and Protection, or REAP funding.

WCCB estimates that $10,000 will be given to the county by the legislature for REAP, down from $15,000 budgeted last year. WCCB Director Steve Anderson explains how REAP is used, “We have used it to do numerous projects, many times to be the local match towards grants. So all of our pond reconstruction projects, lots of our timber work, some of the trail projects, so it’s allowed us to do some really good things.”

REAP is a state program administered in part by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that invests in the enhancement and protection of the state’s natural and cultural resources. Funded from Iowa gaming receipts and the sale of the natural resource license plates, REAP is authorized to receive $20 million annually until 2021, but the legislature sets the amount of funding every year. Last year REAP was appropriated $12 million as state funding for DNR was cut nearly in half from $22 million in 2009 to $11.7 million.