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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Mary Mitros 630-407-6706

Monday, September 29, 2014

DuPage County Stormwater Management Accepting Applications for Water Quality Grant

DuPage County Stormwater Management is currently accepting grant proposals for projects aimed at improving the quality of the County’s streams and rivers.

In its sixteenth year, the Water Quality Improvement Program funds projects exhibiting a regional water quality benefit, including restoration and green infrastructure projects.

“Last year was the most competitive year we’ve had yet in terms of the number of requests we received,” said Stormwater Management Planning Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “This increase shows that our local communities are thinking outside of the box when it comes to water quality and flood control projects.”

Organizations and individuals may apply for funding of up to 25 percent of construction and maintenance costs for portions of projects that improve water quality. DuPage County has awarded grants to past projects such as permeable paver parking lots, green roofs and rain gardens.

“The purpose of green infrastructure projects is to absorb stormwater runoff, which has a two-fold effect of improving both water quality and flood control efforts,” added Zay. “These grant projects may be on a smaller scale, but, collectively, they can make a big difference.”

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 19, 2014. For more information or an application, please visit www.dupageco.org/EDP/Stormwater_Management/Water_Quality/1312/.