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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Mary Mitros (630) 407-6706

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

DuPage County Stormwater Management Accepting Applications for Water Quality Grant

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

In its 22nd year, the Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) grant awards funding to projects exhibiting a regional water quality benefit, including restoration and green infrastructure projects.

“I’m proud that DuPage County is offering this grant funding to our local communities who have faced unprecedented hardships this year,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “We are continuing to prioritize green infrastructure projects, which have both water quality and flood control benefits.”

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 $5 million to 88 projects such as permeable paver parking lots, green roofs and native vegetation, with approximately $300,000 awarded annually.

“Although these grants represent a small percentage of funding, communities can leverage them to secure state and federal funding. Last year alone, we awarded funding to six recipients with projects totaling nearly $20 million,” added Zay.

The WQIP grant webpage also includes past projects and common water quality enhancement practices, as well as guidance on applying for the WQIP grant. The application deadline is Friday, January 8, 2021. To learn more and download the application guide, visit www.dupageco.org/WQIPgrant