Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP)
Since 2005, the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan strives to clean up West Virginia and rid the state of unsightly litter. The REAP initiative harbors all of the state cleanup programs within the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. REAP is a powerful force in the campaign against illegal dumping and littering.
REAP focuses on cleanup efforts from both program staff and volunteers statewide. In a unique partnership, the program empowers citizens to take ownership of their communities by providing technical, financial, and resource assistance in cleanup efforts.
The "Reclamation of Abandoned and Dilapidated Properties Program" was created within DEP by the West Virginia Legislature in 2021. Unfortunately, the legislation did not specify any immediate funding source for the program.
In March of 2022, the Legislature approved a transfer by the Governor's Office of $10,000,000 to launch a pilot phase for the new program. As a result, grants for the reimbursement of demolition expenses for previously
targeted structures in 21 selected towns and counties from around the state began in July 2022.
That pilot phase of funding for demolition of abandoned and dilapidated structures was designed to last one year. It is anticipated that the effort will be expanded in the future to include numerous additional
towns and counties.