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DuPage County Stormwater Management Accepting Applications for Water Quality Grant

The DuPage County Stormwater Management Planning Committee voted recently to begin accepting grant proposals for projects aimed at improving the quality of the County’s waterways.

In its 24th year, the Water Quality Improvement Program (WQIP) grant provides funding to projects exhibiting a regional water quality benefit, including restoration and green infrastructure projects.

“In recent years, projects that improve water quality have become as commonplace as projects that reduce flooding; oftentimes, they go hand in hand,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chairman Jim Zay. “Nonetheless, funding remains a hurdle in getting these projects off the ground, and I’m so pleased that we can use this grant to offset some of those costs. Improving the quality of local waterways benefits everyone in DuPage County.”

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 approximately $6 million to 99 projects such as permeable paver parking lots, green roofs and native vegetation, with $300,000 awarded annually.

New this year, applicants may apply virtually through a WQIP Grant Application portal. The application deadline is Friday, January 6, 2023. To learn more and download the WQIP Grant Application Packet, visit www.dupageco.org/WQIPgrant

Date Posted: Friday, October 21, 2022