FREP E-Downstream

Tuesday, December 14, 2010                                      Greetings from FREP!

Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP ACTIVITIES
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 19, 2011    1 PM
Location:  Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
               Randall & Rt. 20, Elgin
Program:  Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership and the New Invaders Watch List
               Cathy McGlynn, Invasive Plant Management Coordinator, Chicago Wilderness

At this meeting we will hold our annual elections for the FREP Executive Committee. The slate of officers includes: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer
More information about FREP and our current officers can be found HERE
Karen Miller is chair of the nominations committee. If you are interested in one of these offices or would like more information, please contact her at 630-232-3418
Program details:
Cathy will share about this new program which is a resource to all of us in the Fox River watershed. FREP is supporting her efforts by setting up two future training sessions in the watershed, one in the north region and one in the south. The free, 2-3 hour training discusses the importance of invasive plants, provides background and identification information on the 23 invasive species that the program focuses on, and give some insight about how one goes about reporting a new invasive species.

Come to our meeting in January to learn more and then watch for our announcements about the training sessions and more information about how you can utilize these resources in your community.
 The New Invaders Watch Program is a partnership of government, non-profit, and volunteer organizations dedicated to the early detection and control of new exotic invasive plant and insect species in the Chicago Wilderness (CW) region, an area of globally threatened natural communities. This region is a global transportation hub, providing access for plant and animal invasions.
Website Link

Their target species are known to be invasive in the Midwest or regions of similar climate, and are not currently known from CW or are relatively rare here.

Their goals are to:
--Increase understanding of invasive species impacts, their modes of invasion, and control measures to limit their spread
--Provide mechanisms to collect and share information on 15 plant and 2 insect target species to improve management strategies and predict future distributions
--Facilitate the prevention and control of new exotic invasives

A website for the Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership will be available soon.
 
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, February 16, 2011     Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  TBA
Presenter: TBA
Location:  TBA

Would you like to host a FREP Noon Network pr Meeting? 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.  foxriverinfo@comcast.net
 
Watershed Planning
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, January 18,    2 PM
Community Room of the North Aurora Police Department - 200 S. Lincolnway
For more information, Contact Erin Tuttle at:
etuttle@theconservationfoundation.org  630-428-4500, Ext. 41   Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Thursday, December 16,   10 AM
Campton Township Community Center
5N082 Old LaFox Rd, St. Charles 60175
For more information, Contact Erin Tuttle at:
etuttle@theconservationfoundation.org  630-428-4500, Ext. 41    Webpage

Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed and Silver Creek Watershed Meetings
Tuesday, January 11, 2:30-4:30 PM
Nunda Township Meeting Hall
3510 Bay Road, Crystal Lake   Maplink 
Webpages:     Silver     Sleepy Hollow

For more information, Contact Lynn Rotunno at: watershedinfo@mcdefenders.net     815-338-0393
Additional Watershed Planning Groups
There are other active watershed groups involved with planning and implementation activities. Visit our Subwatersheds page for more information or these specific Websites/Webpages:

Tyler Creek Watershed  Meeting Wednesday, Dec. 15 in Elgin, 4:30 PM at Judgson College

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Meeting  Wednesday, Jan. 12, Sleepy Hollow Village Hall

Spring Creek has also begun the planning process. Contact info is on our Subwatersheds page
 
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
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New Fox River Guide & Website being developed
A new publication and accompanying website will be developed and launched this summer, thanks to a grant obtained from The Donnelley Foundation by The Conservation Foundation (TCF). The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River, will feature articles and photographs "to engage more local residents in protecting their Fox River. "FREP is joining TCF in this project to:
--educate people living and working within the Fox River watershed about the importance of the river and protecting it
--provide real and inspiring "on the ground" examples on how people can help protect the Fox River where they live and work, and
--promote special places near and along the Fox RIver to visit and enjoy nature

We look forward to keeping you updated as the project progresses.
 
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: foxriverinfo@comcast.net
Wednesday
January 5, 2011
2011 DuPage Environmental Summit Focuses on Water Conservation
11:30 AM - 5 PM
Krasa Center at Benedictine University, Lisle
Free, open to public, registration required      Weblink
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
   
The Winter 2010 Issue of Illinois RiverWatcher has an interesting article on Page 5 about a new I Phone App called Creek Watch.
Creek Watch allows citizens to easily contribute valuable data about creeks and streams that local water boards have a hard time managing alone. In four easy steps, anyone hiking, jogging or biking past a stream can become a citizen scientist, reporting information about the stream. The data is then aggregated and made freely available at creekwatch.org.
IDNR News
Governor Quinn Signs Executive Order to Create Illinois Coastal Management Program  
Program will Utilize Federal Funding to Restore and Enhance Lake Michigan Shoreline  Details
Mud to Parks Program - Accepting grant applications  Deadline December 15 - but you may be interested in learning about this program for the future.
Provides financial assistance for beneficial sediment reuse programs.  Weblink
 
Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership    630-482-9157
foxriverinfo@comcast.net   Please Email me if you have an Email to add to our mailing list.
FREP WEBSITE: 
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