FREP E-Downstream
       MAY 2010                                                                                                    Greetings from FREP!
                  Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
 
FREP MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Wednesday, May 19, 2010    1 pm
Location:  Old Kendall County Court House, 110 W. Madison St., Yorkville, IL 60560   MAPLINK
Program: Instead of a program, this will be a working planning meeting to focus on
               FREP's future activities and direction.

Agenda:   --Completing the Kane County Rain Garden Initiative Grant Project
               --Planning the fall legislative event to be hosted by Fox Waterway Agency
               --Coordinating FREP participation in the Aurora Green Lights'
                  Summer Solstice Celebration Environmental Expo 2010
                  to be held Saturday, June 12 at the Prisco Center, Aurora
               -- Planning FREP's Summer Social Activity for July
               -- Preparing for FREP's annual membership drive in September and how to increase
                   membership and participation and future funding for FREP

       

                  We hope you will attend and provide your input in planning these activities and
                  and developing future plans for FREP     
 
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, June 16, 2010     Noon - 1:30 PM
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.
UPDATE:  EPA 319 FY11 Grant Package from the Fox River Watershed
Reminder to those participating in the FREP Grant Package: 
IEPA CWA Section 319  Nonpoint Source Pollution Control DRAFT Grant Application due to FREP by Saturday, May 15, 2010 As you all know, FREP is currently organizing the submission of a package of grants to EPA 319 Grant Program for FY11.  If you would like for FREP’s Water Resource Committee to review your DRAFT grant application, please submit the draft to Deanna Doohaluk at ddoohaluk@heyassoc.com by Saturday, May 15, 2010. 

Following review by the Water Resources Committee, the Committee will meet with each individual applicant to further discuss their applicant and offer guidance/comments/suggestions.  FREP's 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 set up a specific time on June 3, 2010 where they can meet with and discuss their application with the Water Resources Committee.
Illinois EPA has completed of their new grant application for the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program.  The Request for Proposals (overview/background document), Financial Assistance Application, and Instructions are posted on Illinois EPA’s website HERE.

The new Application is a writable PDF (Adobe 8.0 or higher needed) and guides 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.   

FREP Website page on the EPA 319 Grant Program Details about the grant process are in this brochure:  Fox EPA 319 Grants for FY11
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
Announcement April 27: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Will Study Potential National Wildlife Refuge Along Wisconsin and Illinois Border. Press Release  USFWS has established a Website HERE to provide citizens with information on the proposed refuge and the process of studying the refuge.

Please visit the Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Website HERE and sign the petition in support of establishing Hackmatack. Such a refuge would promote economic benefits to the citizens of the region, protect unique wildlife habitats, expand recreational opportunities, and protect our waterways and drinking water.  
Leave No Child Inside - This Summer
Leave No Child InsideLeave No Child Inside is a Chicago Wilderness initiative that focuses on unstructured play outside. Unstructured play is important for wholesome, balanced development of cognitive, emotional, social, and physical aptitude. Research has demonstrated that outdoor play helps children manage stress and become resilient. Natural spaces stimulate children's limitless imaginations and foster creativity. Children who connect with nature may be more inventive and better problem-solvers due to the hands-on learning that the outdoors provide.

If your organization is hosting an outdoor activity in June, sign up to become a Leave No Child Inside partner. The Department of Natural Resources and Chicago Wilderness will help promote and market Leave No Child Inside events and partnering organizations will help promote other events in their area.

To sign up as a partner, please fill out the form HERE and return it to Olivia.Dorothy@illinois.gov.   Sign up now so that no child is left inside this summer! If you have questions contact Olivia Dorothy, Department of Natural Resources, at 217-557-1214 or Emilian Geczi, Chicago Wilderness, at 773-631-1790 x18.
 
FREP Website News
We are continuing to add to the completely NEW FREP Website - HERE, and welcome the assistance of FREP members and friends to help build the information, resources, and links.  Send your suggested information to Becky Hoag at foxriverinfo@comcast.net

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
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, May 15     Fox River Cleanup in Batavia sponsored by Batavians For A Healthy River
                                     8:30 - Noon, followed by a cookout              WEBSITE
                                   
 Meet at the parking lot by the Skate Park & Island Park, Rt. 25
Saturday, May 22     FREE TV & Computer Recycling for McHenry County Residents
                                   
 8 - 3:30 PM at McHenry County College     FLYER
Saturday, May 22     DuPage River Sweep
                                      9 - Noon        WEBLINK
June 7 - August 13    The Conservation Foundation's Eco-Art Summer Camp Program
                              1st thru 5th grades.  Fee       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
 Thursday, July 29   Getting In Step Outreach Workshop - A Guide for Conducting Watershed
                                     Outreach Campaigns 
 $15
                                     
Lewis & Clark College, Godfrey, IL  To register email: vbojic.lc.edu
                               Download a copy of the Getting In Step Guide HERE 
 
Publications & Resources of Interest
I-LAST™ Illinois - Livable and Sustainable Transportation Rating System and Guide
Center for Watershed Protection List of Podcasts for 2010
 

Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership    630-482-9157 foxriverinfo@comcast.net   Please Email Becky if you have an Email to add to our mailing list.
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