Bruce Rauner, Governor
Illinois Clean Lakes Program...Applications Due
Ill. - Pre-applications will be accepted by the IEPA through Aug. 31 for funding
assistance offered through the Conservation 2000 - Illinois Clean Lakes Program
Approximately $875,000 will be available for distribution this year.
Through the ICLP, the IEPA provides technical and financial assistance
primarily to governmental entities that manage publicly-owned lakes with
extensive public access and use. Primary objectives of the program are
control of pollution sources that affect water quality, restoring lakes
that have deteriorated in recreational and ecological quality, and protecting
high quality lake resources.
State funding for the program is made available under Conservation 2000
legislation signed into law in 1995. In the first seven years of the program,
more than $4.3 million has been allocated to 35 project sites.
"The Illinois Clean Lakes Program has established itself as a major
resource that gets needed financial assistance directly to those with
hands-on access to Illinois lakes for protection and restoration,"
said Illinois EPA Director Renee Cipriano.
of grant awards are authorized under ICLP. Phase I lake study grants are awarded
to identify problems and sources of pollution, and to develop a feasible course
of corrective action. A typical Phase I study period lasts two years. Phase
II implementation grants support the implementation of procedures recommended
in the Phase I report to improve water quality, recreational and ecological
aspects of the lake. Phase I grants are awarded on a 60 percent state, 40 percent
local cost-share basis. Phase II grants are awarded on a 50/50 basis.
The IEPA evaluates all applications on three primary factors: an assessment
of the lake's overall water quality, its potential for improved water
quality, and public benefits.
To apply for ICLP funding or to learn more about the program, contact
Teri Holland at Illinois EPA at 217-782-3362. Final applications will
be due by October 31, 2002.
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