REAP In Your Region: High Trestle Trail, Gray's Lake, Chichaqua Bottoms and more in central Iowa
For the next six weeks, INHF will be sharing the impact Iowa's REAP program has in communities throughout the state. The Iowa DNR is hosting regional REAP Assemblies until Oct. 26, local meetings that allow residents to learn more about REAP and play a role in the programs policies and projects. Find the full REAP Assembly schedule here.
Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Marion, Polk, Story, Warren
REAP Assembly – West Des Moines
Oct. 26, 2017 | Open house: 6-6:30 p.m., Assembly: 6:30-8 p.m.
Walnut Woods State Park (3155 SE Walnut Woods Dr., West Des Moines, IA 50265)
Located just east of Ankeny, the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt has been expanded and protected for decades. It is home to various types of wildlife, including migrating waterfowl and several rare and declining species. Straddling Polk and Jasper counties along the Skunk River, the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt now contains more than 9,100 acres of wetlands and associated uplands. The wetlands slowly filter out runoff and remove contaminants, producing clean and clear water. Truly, Chichaqua's benefits to Iowa's land and water go beyond outdoor recreation.
REAP funding for this project: $104,875
Region REAP Support (total): $35,757,090