The Next Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond

Published 11/22/2021 1:03:39 PM

On Tuesday, November 2nd, voters supported the Polk County Water and Land Legacy Bond (PCWLL) in historic fashion passing the measure by 81%. This large margin of victory clearly shows that there is bipartisan support for critical water quality, wildlife, trails, and recreation projects.

Much appreciation goes out to the citizens of Polk County and the many people that supported this bond referendum with volunteer efforts and financial assistance towards education efforts. Polk County’s government leaders, community organizations, corporate friends, and individual supporters have shown tremendous local leadership. Special recognition must go to the Polk County Board of Supervisors and the Great Outdoors Foundation.

With the new bond, Polk County Conservation has pledged to spend $25 million on water quality projects, $20 million on parks, $10 million on land acquisition and $10 million on trails. We will be planning and prioritizing critical water quality, natural resources restoration, and park and trail projects during the winter months. We look forward to presenting the public with our project timeline in our next Nature News.

Broader than these specific projects, we are most excited to improve the quality of life for you, your children, and your grandchildren. Improved water quality, wildlife habitat protection, connected communities by means of trails and greenways, revitalized parks, outdoor recreation and education opportunities for all ages and abilities, active and healthy youth and adults, and adequate green space for our future generations are important to the health of our community.

We encourage the public to stay involved and updated on Polk County Water and Land Legacy projects in future years. You can do this by subscribing to our monthly E-newsletter, or our quarterly Nature News publication. Also, a special page on our website is devoted to PCWLL project information.