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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Mary Mitros (630) 407-6706

Thursday, October 4, 2018

DuPage County Stormwater Management Accepting Applications for Water Quality Grant

The DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee voted Tuesday to begin accepting grant proposals for projects aimed at improving the quality of the County’s waterbodies. 

In its 20th year, the Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) grant awards funding for projects exhibiting a regional water quality benefit, including restoration and green infrastructure projects.

“This is such a successful program because we’re leveraging outside funds – from federal, state and local sources - for projects that provide countywide benefits,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “Last year alone, we received applications for projects totaling nearly $6 million.” 

Under the program, organizations and individuals may apply for reimbursement of up to 25 percent of construction costs for portions of projects that improve water quality. During the grant’s tenure, DuPage County has awarded more than $3.3 million to 56 projects such as permeable paver parking lots, green roofs and native vegetation.

“The amount of projects this program has assisted in is becoming increasingly noticeable in our local communities,” added Zay. “Not only do they look great, but they’re improving the health of local ecosystems and reducing localized flooding.”

This year, DuPage County also updated the WQIP grant webpage to include past projects and common water quality practices, as well as guidance on applying for the WQIP grant. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. To learn more and download the application guide, visit www.dupageco.org/WQIPgrant