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Priority Lake and Watershed Implementation Program

ICLP SignThe Priority Lake and Watershed Implementation Program (PLWIP) is a program initiative started in July 1997. This program supports lake protection, restoration, and enhancement activities at "priority" lakes where causes and sources of problems are apparent, project sites are highly accessible, project size is relatively small, and local entities are in a position to quickly implement necessary treatments.

Priority lakes are identified by the Agency in the report entitled "Targeted Watershed Approach - A Data Driven Prioritization" (Document No. IEPA/BOW/97-004). The Illinois EPA defines priority lakes as those lakes that are high quality aquatic resources and those which serve multiple purposes i.e. recreational, public water supply. Other lakes, which are determined in need of protection/restoration, may also be considered as candidates.

PLWIP supports approximately four to five projects, annually, with each project having a maximum allowance of $40,000.

For information and an application please download a copy of the Priority Lake and Watershed Implementation Program Project Proposal application.

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