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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Mary Mitros 630.407.6706

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

DuPage County Stormwater Management Names Water Quality Grant Recipients

The DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee voted Tuesday to approve the 2021 recipients of the County’s Water Quality Improvement Program grant. In total, the Committee selected six projects countywide, all of which aim to improve the quality of DuPage’s streams and rivers.

“The projects submitted were each compelling, making this one of the most competitive grant cycles yet,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “However, the projects we selected to partially fund will not only greatly benefit DuPage waterways but will also serve as examples to the public of projects that can be undertaken on a smaller scale at area homes and businesses.” 

In its 22nd 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 10 applications this year for projects totaling nearly $12 million. The Stormwater Committee awarded nearly $292,000 to this year’s recipients and projects, including:

  • Carol Stream Park District’s Armstrong Park permeable pavers;
  • College of DuPage’s native plants;
  • Elmhurst Park District and Village of Villa Park’s Sugar Creek restoration;
  • Oakwood Homeowners’ Association’s Lake Charles shoreline stabilization;
  • Village of Westmont’s detention basin retrofit; and
  • Wheaton Sanitary District’s Springbrook #1 stabilization.

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