Illinois Invests in Stormwater Management Projects
Governor Pat Quinn has announced investments for stormwater management projects in Berwyn, Forest Park and Westchester from his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the environment by modernizing Illinois’ water infrastructure, create jobs and drive Illinois’ economy forward.
“It’s important that we protect Illinois communities from damaging floods,” Governor Quinn said. “We must invest locally to ensure our cities and our residents are prepared. These projects in Berwyn, Forest Park and Westchester will alleviate urban flooding problems the community has experienced and make the stormwater management system more environmentally friendly.”
The Illinois Green Infrastructure Grants are administered through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are also part of Governor Quinn’s $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! program. They fund projects that control or reduce rain-related urban flooding. Illinois Jobs Now! is the largest construction program in Illinois history, and is one of the largest construction programs in the nation, supporting more than 439,000 jobs over six years.
“These projects illustrate how green infrastructure can positively improve stormwater management concerns in urban communities,” Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett said. “The Berwyn, Forest Park and Westchester projects will provide a green solution to flooding and water pollution, while bringing economic and environmental benefits to the area.”