Illinois EPA Awards Water Quality Improvement Grants

SPRINGFIELD—Illinois EPA Interim Director Lisa Bonnett has announced the award of nearly $3.5 million to 13 organizations across the state to help reduce impairment to water quality caused by nonpoint source pollution.  The list of recipients is attached.

Nonpoint source pollution is defined as the diffuse, intermittent runoff of pollutants from numerous sources.  As rainfall and snowmelt flows over and through the soils, it picks up pollutants and carries them into rivers, lakes, wetlands and into the groundwater.


“When it comes to preserving and improving our water resources, we must all work together,” said Illinois EPA Interim Director Lisa Bonnett.  “Our local partners play a critical role in controlling nonpoint source pollution and protecting our waterways.”


Major sources that contribute to Illinois’ nonpoint source pollution problems are agricultural runoff, construction site runoff, urban runoff, streambank and lake shoreline erosion, stream channelization, wetland loss and mining activities.  According to the U.S. EPA, over 60 percent of the national documented water pollution problems can be traced to nonpoint sources.


These grants are available each year to local government and other organizations and the projects must address water quality issues relating directly to nonpoint source pollution. Funds can be used for the implementation of watershed management plans including the development of information and education programs and for the installation of best management practices.


Illinois EPA receives federal funds through Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act annually to help implement Illinois’ Nonpoint Source Management Program, including this Grant Program.   The program implementation period is two years unless otherwise approved and is a reimbursement program.  Illinois EPA received a total of 63 applications for this year’s grant cycle. 



Grant Recipient

Grant Award ($)

Local Match ($)

Project Overview

Tri-County Regional Planning Comm.



Project will stabilize eight eroding ravines in or near the Farm Creek watershed, a tributary of the Illinois River.

Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts



Project will provide informational assistance to and through the soil and water conservation districts; systematically update the nonpoint source pollution control standards in the Illinois Urban Manual; develop a field manual for the inspection of soil erosion and sedimentation control practices; and provide training and video tutorials on green infrastructure practices for stormwater management.

Village of Algonquin



Project will develop a watershed based plan for the Woods Creek watershed, which is a sub-watershed the Fox River watershed.

Judson University



Project will stabilize eroding streambanks and eroding streambed and establish a riparian buffer along a segment of Tyler Creek, a tributary of the Fox River, located at the Judson University campus in Elgin.

Prairie Hills Resource Conservation & Development



Project will install a variety of agricultural best management practices in the Indian Creek and Dago Slough watersheds in Knox County, including: water and sediment control structures; grassed waterways; grade control structures; cattle stream fence; livestock crossing; gutter system with tile; terraces; and four acres of grass and tree planting.

Nippersink Watershed Association



Project will continue implementation of the Nippersink Creek Watershed Plan by stabilizing 1,030 feet of eroding shoreline at Wonder Lake, stabilizing 2,463 feet of eroding streambanks along Nippersink Creek, and installing other nonpoint source pollution control practices.

Lake County Stormwater Management Commission



Project will implement additional best management practices, in accordance with the North Branch Watershed Management Plan, in the Villages of Bannockburn, Deerfield and Green Oaks.  It will include: replacement of a parking lot with a 1.2 acre stormwater wetland; stabilization of eroding drainage ditch; stabilization of shoreline; installation of two rain gardens; and wetland restoration.

City of Carlinville



Project will install five water and sediment control basins and stabilize six eroding gullies on City of Carlinville owned property in the Lake Carlinville watershed. This project will also include the acquisition of environmental signoffs and permits for a previously designed sediment and nutrient control basin.

Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation & Development, Inc.



Project will transform a segment of highly unstable stream channel on Cahokia Creek, at Roxana Landfill, into a stable, meandered stream, by relocating the channel and installing rock riffles. Filter strips will be established along the entire reach. In addition, 2.5 acres of wetlands will be restored in the abandoned oxbows.

Naperville Park District



Project will install best management practices along with signage at four parks within the West Branch of the DuPage River watershed; permeable pavement; native vegetation buffer; a 10,000 gallon cistern; and 6 acres of wetland restoration.

Village of Carbon Cliff



Project will implement best management practices to reduce nonpoint source pollution from urban runoff from Carbon Cliff, prior to discharge into a tributary of the Rock River. This project will replace three asphalt streets with porous pavement constructed over a layer of stone that will serve as the structural base.

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