FREP E-Downstream

Thursday, November 4, 2010                                      Greetings from FREP!

Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, November 17, 2010     1 PM
Program:  Rain Garden Infiltration Study & Update on Kane County Rain Garden Initiative
Presenter: Deanna Douhaluk, Hey & Associates
Location:  Prisco Center, Fox Valley Park District, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora   Maplink
               Following the meeting we are invited to go across the street to see the new Fox Valley
               Park District administration facility work being completed, which includes rain gardens,
               rainwater harvesting, and pervious paving.

Program details:
One of the final projects of FREP's Kane County Rain Garden Initiative, funded by the Kane County Riverboat Grant Fund, is to provide data to assess the performance of rain gardens. Hey & Associates is conducting a monitoring project based on a three stage assessment approach outlined in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA).

This includes:  Stage 1: Visual Assessment of Rain Gardens; Stage 2: Infiltration Capacity Testing;
Stage 3: Synthetic Drawdown Testing. A final report will be prepared once the entire project is complete and will be shared on the FREP Website.

Three Kane County rain gardens are being used for this monitoring: The rain garden created with the support of this grant's funds at the Demonstration Rain Garden at St. Charles Horticultural Research Farm (U of I); a rain garden in West Dundee near the Fox River; and a streetside rain garden in Pingree Grove.
FREP members, potential members, and the general public are welcome to attend FREP meetings and programs. Learn more about activities in the watershed and network with others.
FREP Meeting Minutes can be found HERE.
Program Presentations Online:  If you missed a recent Noon Network or meeting program, you can find many presentations in pdf form on the FREP Website HERE.
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, December 15, 2010     Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  TBA
Presenter: TBA
Location:  TBA

Would you like to host a FREP Noon Network/holiday get together? Have a topic or project you'd like to share? And a location where it can be held?  Please contact Becky as soon as possible to arrange.
New Watershed Activity
Watershed Planning
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the delegated authority for the region’s areawide water quality management plan. CMAP recently entered into an agreement with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to complete four watershed-based plans within the Fox River Basin.  Watershed planning commenced in September in Blackberry Creek and Ferson-Otter Creek watersheds (Lower Fox River, Kane and Kendall counties) and in Sleepy Hollow Creek and Silver Creek watersheds (Upper Fox River, McHenry County).  Funding for these projects was provided by the IEPA through Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Read more about the project and information about each of the four watersheds HERE.
Watershed Planning Meeting Schedule:
Please note: these meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about this project is welcome to attend and participate.
Blackberry Creek Watershed Meeting 
Tuesday, November 16, 2 PM
Prestbury Subdivision
For more information, Contact Erin Tuttle at:  630-428-4500, Ext. 41   Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Tuesday, November 23,  2 PM
South Elgin Village Hall, 10 N. Water Street
For more information, Contact Erin Tuttle at:  630-428-4500, Ext. 41    Webpage

Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed and Silver Creek Watershed Meetings
Wednesday, December 1,  Time & Location: 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Prairie Grove Village Hall, 3125 Barreville Road, Prairie Grove 
Webpages:     Silver     Sleepy Hollow

For more information, Contact Lynn Rotunno at:     815-338-0393
FREP Annual Membership Dues
FREP's new fiscal year began July 1. Dues statements were sent out this week and are due by the end of November. Thank you to all who have sent in their dues so far!

If you are new to FREP and would like to support us through membership, please use this form:  2010-11 FREP Membership Form
Grant/Funding Opportunities
Park and Recreational Facility Construction Grant Program Accepting Applications
$25 Million Available For Park and Recreation Projects Through Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program. For the current Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, a total of $25 million in grants are available through funding provided by the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program.  The maximum grant award for qualifying projects for FY11 is $2.5 million.

The IDNR will accept applications from qualifying units of local government from Oct. 15 through 5 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 29, 2010.    DETAILS
(10-6-10) USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Illinois has been awarded a $525,250 federal grant for the new Illinois Recreational Access Program.

The Conservation Congress made this one of its priority recommendations, the development of a new access program to make more land and water available for hunting, trapping, fishing and other recreational purposes.  Governor Quinn – in his Executive Order last spring – called for the creation of programming to increase access that meets the growing demand for outdoor recreation. This program will help accomplish those goals.

 A news release with the announcement and some program details can be found  HERE
Other Activities & News of Interest
If you have an activity or event you'd like FREP to share on our Website or in the Downstream, please email the information to Becky at:
Nov. 10-11
Workshop: New Directions in Stormwater Management and Watershed Planning in Your Community, and additional programs
Presented by Center for Watershed Protection
Burnham Conference Center, Chicago  Fee    Register HERE
Tuesday, Nov. 16 Workshop: How to Prepare a 3rd Party TMDL for the EPA
Presented by Prairie Rivers Network
Registration deadline:  Nov. 5      $20    Register HERE
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Northeastern Illinois Envirothon, Wheaton
More information on the Websites for:
North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Latest issue of IDNR News
Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership    630-482-9157   Please Email me if you have an Email to add to our mailing list.