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Stormwater Management Awards Water Quality Grant Funding

The DuPage County Board voted last week to enter into intergovernmental agreements (IGA) with several recipients of this year’s DuPage County Stormwater Management’s Water Quality Improvement Program grant. In total, the Board and Stormwater Committee have entered six IGAS countywide for projects that aim to improve the quality of DuPage’s streams and rivers.

“Despite unprecedented hardship over the past few months, I’m thrilled we were able to move forward with IGAs to award funding for this year’s water quality projects,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “The projects we selected to partially fund will not only improve local water quality, but also provide flood reduction benefits, economic revitalization, aesthetic enhancements and ecosystem improvements.”

In its 21st year, the Water Quality Improvement Program grant awards up to 25 percent of funding for projects exhibiting a regional water quality benefit. DuPage County Stormwater Management awarded $395,500 to this year’s recipients and projects, including:

  • Village of Carol Stream’s streambank stabilization;
  • Village of Clarendon Hills’ downtown green infrastructure;
  • Village of Glendale Heights’ Klein Creek restoration;
  • Village of Oak Brook’s shoreline stabilization;
  • Oakwood Homeowners’ Association’s shoreline stabilization; and
  • City of Wood Dale’s stormwater detention and treatment.

While many of the projects are just kicking off, the Village of Clarendon Hill’s and Oakwood Homeowners’ Association’s projects are nearing completion. Clarendon Hills is currently reconstructing their train station and improving the downtown corridor. Among those improvements is the instillation of green infrastructure for which they received $90,000 from the County. Likewise, the County granted the Oakwood Homeowners’ Association $500 to stabilize a portion of Lake Charles, which falls in the Salt Creek Watershed.

“It’s nice to receive – and award – a mix of applications from both government and private entities,” said Zay. “Although small in comparison, the Oakwood Homeowners’ Association project will have a big impact on water quality both in their area and the surrounding watershed. It’s also a great example for other HOAs of how to leverage community support and planning of local projects to receive public funds.”

Also notable, two projects aim to improve Klein Creek, which falls in the West Branch DuPage River Watershed. DuPage County awarded the Village of Carol Stream $85,000 to stabilize the banks of a tributary to Klein Creek. The stream, which is located along Kehoe Boulevard, is also adjacent to DuPage County’s Gary-Kehoe Reservoir, which controls flooding in the area. In addition to improving the quality of the stream, Carol Stream’s project will reduce sediment reaching the flood control facility. The Village of Glendale Heights also received $90,000 to restore three tributaries to Klein Creek.

“The work on Klein Creek exemplifies governmental cooperation. Using a diverse array of funding and partners, these projects will provide huge benefits for the entire Klein Creek Watershed,” said Zay. “They also have the potential to improve the quality and functionality of DuPage’s flood control facilities, including the Gary-Kehoe Reservoir and Armstrong Park Reservoirs.”

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

Date Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2020