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$500K Illinois Environmental Protection Agency grant to benefit Lake in the Hills stream project

Stream improvements targeted for summer 2019

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will be offering more than $500,000 in grant funding to help stabilize Lake in the Hills’ severely eroded Woods Creek streambank next year.

Because of silt and sediment buildup from erosion, the village must perform periodic channel dredging, which costs about $300,000 each time it is needed.

The grant money, which will cover about three-fifths of the estimated $840,000 needed for the project, will help pay for the stabilization of more than 1,800 linear feet of streambank and improve about 27 acres of adjacent wetland.

“This project highlights the village commitment not only to stormwater management, but also water quality, as the reduction of silt and sediment will improve water quality for the region,” village management analyst Peter D’Agostino said in a news release.

The IEPA receives federal funds through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act to support projects that prevent, eliminate or reduce water quality impairments caused by nonpoint source pollution, which can come from many origins.

The project, which is expected to begin next summer, will complement adjacent projects approved and completed in Algonquin.

In July, the Algonquin Village Board approved a plan to restore and protect portions of Woods Creek by entering into a $50,000 agreement with Applied Ecological Services.

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