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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Mary Mitros 630-407-6706

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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 waterways.

In its 23rd year, the Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) grant provides funding to projects exhibiting a regional water quality benefit, including restoration and green infrastructure projects.

“We’ve seen some remarkable projects implemented throughout DuPage County over the years with the help of these grant funds, and I’m so pleased we can offer them annually,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “In addition to improving local waterways, these projects often reduce flooding, support beneficial wildlife and beautify communities.”

Under the program, organizations and individuals may apply for reimbursement of up to 25 percent of costs for projects that improve water quality. Over the grant program’s last two decades, DuPage County has awarded nearly $6 million to 96 projects such as permeable paver parking lots, green roofs and native vegetation, with approximately $300,000 awarded annually.

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 Jan. 7, 2022. To learn more and download the application guide, visit