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Resource Enhancement and Protection - Conservation Education Program (REAP/CEP) Grant

 

The City of Des Moines Park and Recreation Department has been awarded a Resource Enhancement and Protection – Conservation Education Program (REAP/CEP) grant to create rain garden toolkits that will help homeowners, businesses, parks, and other groups get started on creating their own rain gardens.

 

The goals of the project are as follows:

 

To educate Iowans working with school grounds, businesses, city parks, and private residences about the benefits of rain gardens

 

To inform Iowans of the resources available for the installation of rain gardens at businesses, school grounds, city parks, and private residences

 

To increase the number of rain gardens planted at businesses, school grounds, city parks, and private residences throughout the state of Iowa

 

To reduce nonpoint source pollution of Iowa's waterways

 

To build partnerships between organizations in the Greater Des Moines area that deal with water and water quality

 

We are currently in the process of designing the toolkits and creating educational materials, and they will be made available to the public as soon as they are completed.  For more general information and other resources on rain gardens click here.