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REAP - The Next Generation

The Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) was a strategic initiative signed into law by Governor Joe Manchin in 2005. The Governor's bill combines elements of the Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Natural Resources into a more effective and streamlined system for the direction of environmental remediation programs. The program provides oversight of litter removal, statewide recycling, and open dump cleanups.


REAP Standard operating procedure guidance document and forms.

REAP questionnaire


Governor Manchin

The 34th Governor of West Virginia Joe Manchin III and First Lady Gayle Manchin
REAP brings together all of the state's cleanup programs under an umbrella. These unique programs provide a variety of services to West Virginia:

  • Pollution Prevention and Open Dumps (PPOD): Active since 1989 under the DEP, PPOD has cleaned over 9,000 dumps across West Virginia, removing 110,000 tons of refuse from unauthorized locations. In addition to removal of these sites, PPOD is also involved in the investigation and prosecution of those individuals who participate in open dumping.

  • WV Make it Shine Program: The WV Make It Shine Program is a comprehensive program aimed at making WV one of the cleanest states in the nation through volunteerism. Throughout the state, groups of volunteers, businesses, community organizations and local governments are working to accomplish this goal. It is the responsibility of the WV Make It Shine Program to coordinate the effort of these people to make our state shine.

  • Adopt-A-Highway: Established in the late 1980's under the DNR to improve the quality of our environment, Adopt-A-Highway encourages public involvement in the elimination of highway litter. Its objective is to save taxpayers money by increasing public awareness and to serve as an educational tool by focusing on the consequences which result when littering is allowed to continue unchecked.
  • Operation Wildflower: Operation Wildflower has brought beauty and diversity to West Virginia highways for many years. The program has been, and continues to be, an asset to the Mountain State. The program began in 1990 under the DNR with a test site on I-64 near Huntington. West Virginia. The success of the site led to the expansion of the program to include donations from garden clubs and the public. Today more than 250 acres of wildflowers grow on state roads, including sites on every interstate highway.

  • Statewide Recycling Program: The Recycling section was established in 1989 under the DNR to ensure compliance with the West Virginia Natural Resources Laws (Chapter 20, Article 11). The recycling program oversees the Recycling Assistance Grant Program, Litter Control Grant Program, America Recycles Day, and the State Employees Office Paper Recycling Program.




Debris pulled from the Kanawha River

On September 13, 2014, over 100 volunteers woked to remove almost 7 tons of trash and debris from the Kanawha River
Coal River Tire Removal

PPOD worked to remove 600 tires from the Coal River, many of which were visible from the Hatfield and McCoy Trail.

Volunteer works on Elk River

A volunteer participates during the Elk River Cleanup on August 7, 2014


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