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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Mary Mitros (630) 407-6706

Thursday, March 14, 2019

DuPage County Stormwater Management Names Water Quality Grant Recipients

The DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee voted last week to approve the 2019 recipients of the County’s Water Quality Improvement Program grant. In total, the Committee selected five projects countywide, all of which aim to improve the quality of the DuPage’s streams and rivers.

“We received more grant applications this year than ever before. Applicants submitted some of the most competitive projects we’ve seen,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “This shows us not only is the grant program becoming more popular, but local entities are carrying out more water quality improvement projects. We’re already seeing water quality and flood control benefits from these types of projects, and expect that to continue growing.”

In its 20th year, the Water Quality Improvement Program grant awards up to 25 percent of funding for projects exhibiting a regional water quality benefit. DuPage County received 19 applications this year for projects totaling nearly $10 million. The Stormwater Committee awarded $306,505 to this year’s recipients and projects, including:

• Village of Bloomingdale’s permeable paver parking lot;
• Village of Downers Grove’s St. Joseph Creek stabilization;
• Naperville Park District’s West Branch DuPage River stabilization;
• Village of Westmont’s detention basin retrofit; and
• Wheaton Park District’s permeable paver parking lot and native plants.

City of Warrenville Mayor David Brummel, a municipal member and Vice Chairman of DuPage County’s Stormwater Management Committee, noted how important this grant is to local communities.

“At the municipal level, we often rely on grant funding to construct water quality projects,” said Brummel. “Having this DuPage grant available annually is invaluable for getting these projects off the ground. It’s also a great source of leverage to bring other funds into local communities.”

For more information about the Water Quality Improvement Program and past recipients, visit www.dupageco.org/WQIPGrant.