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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 21st year, the Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) grant awards funding for projects exhibiting a regional water quality benefit, including restoration and green infrastructure projects.

“The amount of green infrastructure and water quality projects being designed and constructed countywide grows exponentially each year,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “We had our most competitive grant period to date last year with 19 applications requesting funding for projects totaling nearly $10 million.” 

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 nearly $4 million to 62 projects such as permeable paver parking lots, green roofs and native vegetation, with approximately $300,000 awarded annually.

“These types of projects have so many co-benefits, from reducing localized flooding and improving ecosystems to enhancing the aesthetics of our local communities,” added Zay.

The WQIP grant webpage also includes past projects and common water quality practices, as well as guidance on applying for the WQIP grant. The application deadline is Friday, January 10, 2020. To learn more and download the application guide, visit www.dupageco.org/WQIPgrant

Date Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019