Linn County Water and Land Legacy

Linn County Water and Land Legacy Bond logo

In November of 2016, residents passed the Linn County Water and Land Legacy bond issue by nearly 74% approval.

The Water and Land Legacy bond will protect water quality and natural areas by:

  • Protecting sources of clean drinking water with targeted wetland, easements and buffer areas
  • Improving the water quality of the Cedar River, its tributaries, and other rivers and streams
  • Preserving natural areas for wildlife habitat
  • Maintaining land to provide natural floodwater storage to help reduce flooding

Park Improvements:

  • Construct and update picnic areas, park shelters, restrooms, interactive playgrounds and nature play areas, and other park improvements
  • Expand family campgrounds, including campsites, rental cabins, shower house facilities and play areas
  • Increase outdoor recreational experiences for walking, hiking, and biking, as well as equestrian use and cross country skiing

Linn County’s Water and Land Legacy Bond will create and improve trails by:

  • Constructing Morgan Creek County Park’s trail network and creating a paved trail that will link the park to the Cedar Rapids Trail system
  • Connecting the Marion trail system through Wanatee Park, continuing onto the Sac and Fox Trail in Cedar Rapids
  • Completing the Grant Wood Trail

Accountability Measures:

  • Full public disclosure of all expenditures will be required
  • Projects managed by the Linn County Conservation Board
  • Improvements to existing parks, recreational facilities and natural areas will be guided by approved master plans that include the community’s input
  • Bond will cost the average homeowner less than $2.25 per month

The first big step was when the Linn County Conservation Board passed a resolution at their April 23, 2018 regular meeting requesting the Linn County Board of Supervisors to sell bonds to fund 18 specific Linn County Water and Land Legacy (LCWLL) Bond Projects. Since then, an additional $6,695,000 has been requested and will be issued by the completion of 2018, bringing the total to $12,143,000 allocated toward the $40,000,000.

Public Review Board:

After Linn County voters approved the bond measure, the Linn County Board of Supervisors created the Water and Land Legacy Public Review Board to review projects the Linn County Conservation Board develops to be funded in part by bond dollars. This Board, independent of the Linn County Conservation Board, reviews bond funded projects to ensure they meet ballot language. 

The public is invited to attend the regular Linn County Conservation Board meetings where potential bond projects are discussed, and provide input during public comment periods.  If you have any questions, please contact