DES MOINES — The Des Moines Park and Recreation Department recently finished an extensive shoreline restoration at Gray’s Lake Park through assistance provided by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program. The public is invited to join representatives of each department at a planting ceremony, Thursday, May 24 at 9 a.m. to mark the completion of the project.
“This effort, funded in large part by the REAP fund, included grading steep or eroded bank areas to a more stable slope followed by planting with a wide variety of native plants suitable for the site,” said Assistant Director Ben Page. “The deep-rooted native plants will not only enhance wildlife habitat and stabilize the shoreline, but will also improve water quality via better storm water infiltration.”
"This project is a perfect example of what REAP was developed to do: it not only improves and protects a valuable resource, it provides a recreational benefit that is enjoyed by many metro area residents and workers, as well as area visitors, said Chuck Gipp, Deputy Director of the DNR.
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. More information about REAP is available at www.iowadnr.gov/Environment/REAP.aspx