WESTCHESTER, Ill. – State Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, announced a state grant to fund green infrastructure improvement projects in the west suburban area and create local job opportunities, Tuesday.
“Considering the devastating floods that hit the western suburbs earlier this year, this grant will help to protect our area against severe flooding and pollution to our water systems,” Welch said. “This grant aims to improve our sustainability efforts and provide new employment opportunities, and I applaud the governor and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on their efforts to maintain clean water and to safeguard communities that are most vulnerable to flooding.”
Welch announced a $570,000 Green Alleys project in River Forest, a $222,000 permeable parking lot project for the Westchester Public Library and a $490,000 downspout disconnection assistance program for the Village of LaGrange Park will receive funding through the Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (IGIG) program. IGIG grants support projects that reduce pollution caused by stormwaters and reduce flooding. According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, green infrastructure is any stormwater management practice to preserve, restore, or enhance natural hydrology. Grants are available to allow local governments to install green infrastructure best management practices to control stormwater runoff for water quality protection in Illinois.
“The IGIG program is a key environmental initiative of the administration of Gov. Quinn and is facilitating hundreds of model green practices to prevent stormwater runoff pollution across our state in tandem with enthusiastic local governments,” Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett said.
For more information, contact Welch’s constituent service office at 708-450-1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.emanuelchriswelch.com.
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