FREP E-Downstream
       APRIL 2010                                                                                                    Greetings from FREP!
                  Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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
                Rt. 38 & Peck 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.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010    1 pm
Program: Instead of a program, this will be a working planning meeting to focus on
               FREP's future activities and direction

Location:  Old Kendall County Court House, 110 W. Madison St., Yorkville, IL 60560
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.
UPDATE:  EPA 319 FY11 Grant Package from the Fox River Watershed
Illinois EPA is nearing completion of the new grant application for the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program.  It is anticipated that the Request for Proposals (overview/background document), Financial Assistance Application, and Instructions will be posted on Illinois EPA’s website on May 1, 2010.  

The Application will be in the form of a writable PDF (Adobe 8.0 or higher needed) and will guide applicants through the required information using a combination of such things as text boxes and tables to fill in, check boxes, drop down lists, and web links to various tools and reports.  Illinois EPA will post a Frequently Asked Questions section on their website as well.   

If you would like FREP’s Water Resources Committee to review your draft 319 application and provide comments and recommendations, please send an electronic copy to Deanna Doohaluk, Chair of the Water Resources Committee, no later than Monday, May 17, 2010 (e-mail:;  ph: 773-792-8510 x13).   

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 Website News
We announced the completely NEW FREP Website - HERE - in last month's E-Downstream.

We continue to welcome the assistance of FREP members and friends 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
Tuesday, April 20   CMAP's 2010 Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) Final Presentation
                            6:30 - 8:30 PM, National Museum of Mexican Art. 
     There will be a brief program, followed by an exhibit and reception with refreshments. 
     This year, students have developed tools to help high school students across the region
     implement GO TO 2040 recommendations.  For details, please click here to download the
     invitation HERE If you would like to attend, please email Diana Torres to RSVP by April 19th
Saturday, April 24   Build A Rain Garden Seminar
                              University of Illinois Extension - St. Charles, $20  Register by April 23 - HERE
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership presents:                     Flyer
Saturday, April 24, 2010 - Rain Garden Program, 9:30-10:30 AM
      "On-site" Construction Demonstration, 11-12:30
Saturday, May 15    Dragonfly Monitoring Network Workshop, 1-4 PM                              
                              Lewis & Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL                              
                              Hosted by the National Great Rivers Research & Education Center   Weblink
Saturday, June 12   Summer Solstice Celebration Environmental Expo 2010, 10 AM - 3 PM                               Hosted by Aurora Green Lights in affiliation with The Conservation Foundation                               Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois, Aurora    Weblink                              
                              Note: FREP will have a display, and our president Tim Pollowy will be speaking
RiverWatch Citizen Scientist Program Workshops   March-May 2010 Schedule       Description
Publications of Interest
Managing the Water’s Edge: Making Natural Connections   Published by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) with financial support from the U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office provided through the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, this reader-friendly guide highlights the water quality, wildlife, and human benefits to be achieved through providing appropriate buffers around our water resources.  PDF available through SEWRPC’s HERE
Reconnecting Rivers:  Natural Channel Design in Dam Removal & Fish Passage   Published by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Division of Ecological Resources Stream Habitat Program, this book first identifies 14 dam problems:  Structural Integrity and Dam Failure; Reservoir Sedimentation; Channel Degradation; River Delta Effects; Hydraulic Undertows; Socioeconomic & Cultural Effects; Inundation of Critical Habitat; Flow Regulation; Water Quality Effects; Invasive Alien Species; Propagation of Parasites; Gas Supersaturation; Hydropower Effect and Blockage of Fish Migration.  The book also includes information on river restoration philosophy, natural channel design in river restoration, dam removal techniques including two case examples (Sandstone Dam - simple removal with no restoration and Appleton Milldam - dam removal with river restoration), a chapter on nature-like fishways including design approach and six case examples, a discussion chapter, as well as a complete appendix (with project briefs) and bibliography.  LINK
Canaries in the Catbird Seat: The Past, Present, and Future of Biological Resources in a Changing Environment   Published by the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), the chapters in this peer-reviewed volume contain summaries of the changes in biological communities and landscapes, the value of biological collections and ecological monitoring for monitoring changes, relevant natural resource management practices designed to address these changes, and restoration efforts taken to improve natural resources.  Taken together, these chapters highlight the dramatic changes that have occurred in Illinois, the essential benefit of natural history research, and the actions that need to be taken to conserve the biological heritage of Illinois and other rapidly developing regions of the world.  Canaries in the Catbird Seat is a publication that is intended for readers with a strong science background.   Note:  Includes a chapter entitled “Restoration of Aquatic Communities of Lakes and Streams in Illinois.”  LINK

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