Streambank Cleanup And Lakeshore Enhancement (SCALE)

Local citizen involvement continues to greatly improve the water quality of Illinois' lakes and streams.

The Streambank Cleanup And Lakeshore Enhancement (SCALE) program provides funds to assist groups that have established a recurring stream or lakeshore cleanup. Each group can receive up to $3,500 for implementation of their streambank or lakeshore cleanup events in a calendar year. Funding is provided by Illinois EPA through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

The program funds are available only to organizations that have an established, recurring streambank or lakeshore cleanup. Applications will be selected for funding based on the event’s proximity to Illinois EPA’s priority waters the number of people participating in past events and the size of the event area.

SCALE Program Facts
 ApplicationsDollars AllocatedParticipantsMilesAcresWaste Collected
 (Received)(Funded)    (Tons)
20045042$38,00010,205754605269
20056544$43,25011,3698051,192506
20063330$35,25013,7427398751,206
20072828$34,00013,68875432210
20083232$34,50013,242729327143
20093131$35,50013,584784108199
20103937$41,25015,2689152,459205
20113534$42,50014,7329463,161231
20123535$36,50013,2167133,204210

Historic Scale Reports: