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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
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, January 11, 2019. To learn more and download the application guide,