REAP Regional Assemblies
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Regional REAP Assemblies are a must to attend for people interested in any facet of REAP ---- particularly those who truly and sincerely want to make a difference.
There are 18 assemblies held every two years in the areas of Iowa's 18 Councils of Government.
The first order of business at each assembly is to elect a chairperson from the audience. The primary jobs of the chairperson are to keep the meeting progressing and on track and make sure everyone has a chance to speak.
REAP Assemblies are basically public meetings at which information is given out and ideas are taken in by the attending state officials. The REAP law requires the following things happen at each 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.
The next REAP assemblies will be held during September and October of 2015.
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319