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REAP is special to Iowa --- and its many public involvement opportunities are some of the reasons that it is.There are several opportunities available to Iowans that assist in making the program all that it can be.
Iowa's REAP program is unlike other similar efforts throughout the country in that it provides many opportunities for people to get involved. Whether that includes becoming a member of your County REAP Committee or just chatting with friends and neighbors about the importance of REAP, there are places in REAP's public participation elements for you to make a difference.
The 2019 Regional Assemblies will be held across Iowa in late November and early December. Please join us!
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There are many ways to become a public participant in REAP which include:
Every interaction with REAP and it's message is vital to sustaining the program.
Becoming a member of your county committee is a great way to introduce yourself to REAP and all the benefits that the program offers for your county. making the program all that it can be. The law says that REAP county committee members generally are to be members of some county organization which include:
Despite this law, anyone of the public can and should be encouraged to attend and participate in the meetings.
You can make the plan as simple as your committee wants, or it can be quite detailed. It just depends on your group, but it's a good idea to start simple. At a minimum, the plan should contain:
Once the above is completed, make sure your newspaper gets a copy, then please email a copy of the 5-year plan and 1-year expense plan to the REAP Coordinator. Examples:
REAP Assemblies are locally led 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:
REAP Regional Assemblies 2017 During the October 2017 assemblies, 18 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Assemblies were conducted throughout Iowa. The REAP Assemblies are required, per Iowa Code Chapter 455A.17, to be conducted on odd numbered years to provide attendees with information about REAP expenditures, ask attendees to identify opportunities or changes in policy, programs or funding, vote on motions for the five elected delegates per region to vote on at REAP Congress. 555 Iowans participated in the 2017 REAP Assemblies. In addition to electing delegates, the participants made 63 motions that were forwarded to the REAP Congress which was held on January 6, 2018.
This pocket park in Granger, Iowa, was made possible by REAP efforts.
Tammie Krausman, REAP Coordinator
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wallace State Office BuildingDes Moines, IA 50319phone: 515-402-8763Tammie.Krausman@dnr.iowa.gov