FREP E-Downstream

Tuesday, March 8 , 2010                                                                                  Greetings from FREP!

Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meetings
Wednesday, March 17, 2010   1 PM
Location:  Barrington Hills Village Hall, 112 Algonquin Road Barrington Hills, IL 60010-5199
Program:  Volunteers and Pollinators of The Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid                   
                Cathy Pollack, Fish & Wildlife Biologist, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Wednesday, May 19, 2010    TBA
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.
FREP Annual Conversations About Conservation With Our Legislators
Our annual event, usually held in March, has been postponed. The FREP Government Relations Committee is working to reschedule the program in September 2010 and it will be held in the northern section of the watershed. Watch for details in this newsletter and on our Website.
FREP Noon Networks
Wednesday, April 21, 2010     Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Rain Gardens
               Tim Pollowy, Hey & Associates, and Victor Fields, Master Gardener
Location:  New Rain Garden at the University of Illinois Horticulture Research Center, St. Charles
               535 Randall Road, St. Charles   Website
Wednesday, June 16, 2010     Program: Fox Valley Park Dist. Rain Garden
Wednesday, August 18, 2010  Program: Jelkes Creek Reclamation Project, Dundee Township
Noon Networks are free and open to the public, and an excellent time to network with others. Reservations are not required. Bring your lunch to eat during the program.
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.
EPA 319 FY11 Grant Package from the Fox River Watershed
A presentation was given at our January 20th meeting about plans for preparing a package of grants from the Fox River Watershed to the EPA 319 Grant Program. If you did not attend the meeting and are interested in preparing a proposal, please check out the links below.

A Workshop with Applicants will be held on June 3, 2010 at James 'Pate' Philip Park (formerly known as Tri-County State Park).  FREP will contact each applicant after the May 15, 2010 submittal deadline to set up a specific time on June 3, 2010 where they can meet with and discuss their application with the Water Resources Committee.

FREP Website page on the EPA 319 Grant Program Details about the grant process are in this brochure:  Fox EPA 319 Grants for FY11
FREP's completely updated Website launched
A major project to completely update the FREP Website has been completed and you will see the results HERE.

FREP members and friends can continue to help build the information, resources, and links on the Website by sending your suggested information to Becky Hoag at

Some areas we'd really appreciate your help (links to the pages in bold):
FREP Member Profiles - dues-paying FREP members are welcome to submit a profile for these pages.
Email a brief description, contact information, and a logo.

FREP News & Activities - We are happy to share news of other activities and programs in the Watershed on this page, and include them in our monthly Downstream.

Subwatersheds - much of the information on the old site was outdated. One of FREP's goals is to promote activity and stewardship within the subwatersheds of the Fox. The main subwatersheds are listed on this page, with currently available information. There are other small subwatershed that may not be even listed here. Please contact us if you have information to share or interest in a particular subwatershed.

Green Resources - links currently on this page are just a start. There are boundless other resources we could share. Please email us your favorite "green" links.
Rain Garden Initiative Rain Garden Initiative - Thanks to a grant from the Kane County Riverboat Grant Program, FREP has been able to establish the Kane County Rain Garden Initiative. Because rain gardens benefit the entire watershed, the resources on these pages are for all.

Rain Garden Registry - We are especially eager to build a database of rain gardens that exist, are being built, or are planned for in the Fox watershed. Visit the page link and complete and return the form to include your rain garden in this registry.
Other Activities & News of Interest
Support the effort to establish May as Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month by sending a letter of support. Short Deadline! Must be received by 10 AM, Wed., March 10. Details at this link
March 3, 2010 letter from Marc Miller, Director, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
   Includes information about the
   Conservation Congress: Work in Progress Session, Tuesday, April 13, 2010
State Wildlife Grant Program Intended to Protect Species in Greatest Need of Conservation
Deadline 4/2/10
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership presents:                     Flyer
Saturdays, March 6 & March 13 - "How to Build a Rain Garden" Workshop
Saturday, April 24, 2010 - Rain Garden Program, 9:30-10:30 AM
      "On-site" Construction Demonstration, 11-12:30
Saturday, April 10 - Indian Creek "One Day" Service Project, 8 AM - Noon                               
Meet at Aurora Transportation Center        Volunteers Needed!         Flyer
RiverWatch Citizen Scientist Program Workshops   March-May 2010 Schedule       Description
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.