lakeco stormwater 051022LAKE COUNTY, Ill. – Lake County received $30 million for long-awaited projects to reduce and manage stormwater flooding issues, thanks to the support of Senators Julie Morrison, Adriane Johnson and Melinda Bush.

“Stormwater runoff can be a burden that hinders public safety and harms our environment,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “Thanks to Governor Pritzker and DCEO, this $30 million investment will improve Lake County’s stormwater management and help reduce flooding throughout the region.”

The $30 million announced Monday by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will be used to fund 14 critical stormwater projects in Lake County. The money is just the first installment of $122.1 million targeted for regional stormwater control projects – and much of the funding comes from the Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan led by members of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus.

Lake County is no stranger to flooding, as many residents worry each time it rains if their house will be stricken by high water levels or if they will have to evacuate. Further, stormwater runoffs can carry pollutants into waterways – leading to unsafe drinking water.

“This robust grant will allow us to meet the needs of communities that are struggling with challenges of deteriorating infrastructure,” said Morrison (D-Lake Forest). “We are committed to protecting public health and the environment by addressing stormwater management needs.”

Projects include engineering, design and construction for storm sewers, drainage improvements and more. In total, the projects are expected to benefit more than 2,300 properties and 25 roadways across the county.

“This is really about investments for the future,” said Bush (D-Grayslake).