FREP E-Downstream

Tuesday, June 8 , 2010                                                                                  Greetings from FREP!

Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
 FREP Noon Networks
Wednesday, June 16, 2010     Noon - 1:30 PM  
Fox Valley Park Dist. Rain Garden and Re-Developed Spring Lake Park
     Bill Donnell, director of natural resources, forestry & special projects
     Jennifer Vittori, natural areas specialist
  Spring Lake, McCoy & Frontenac, Aurora

Spring Lake Park is located in Aurora on the corner of McCoy and Frontenac just west of the Fox Valley Mall. The east full entrance is shared with Aurora’s service center and fire station.

Spring Lake is the head water of Waubonsie Creek and was created in the early 70’s. The park was re-developed last year and has several elements that should be of interest: Shoreline restoration by developer who gained detention credit, two pervious paver lots, bio swales, rain garden, boat dock and ramp, and an observation deck.

A special focus will be on the rain garden at this park, as a part of FREP's Kane County Rain Garden Initiative to promote the use of rain gardens and BMPs in stormwater management.

FREP's Rain Garden Page           Spring Lake Park Development Plan Map
Wednesday, August 18, 2010  Program: Jelkes Creek Reclamation Project, Dundee Township
Noon Networks are free and open to the public. 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.
FREP Membership Meetings
July Picnic/Social Activity   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.
EPA 319 FY11 Grant Package from the Fox River Watershed
The FREP grant committee met with applicants on June 3 to help them fine-tune their grants which are part of the grant package being submitted from the Fox River Watershed to the EPA 319 Grant Program. This process started in January and the package is due the end of July. Our thanks to the many who are working on grants for our watershed, and to the FREP volunteers who are assisting them.

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 Annual Membership Dues
FREP's fiscal year runs July 1 - June 30, with dues statements sent out in September and due by the end of November. With the cutback in grants, FREP membership dues are vital to FREP and we appreciate your support.

If you are planning budgets now and/or would like to pay your dues before the September statements are sent, here is the new 2010-11 FREP Membership Form.
FREP's Website
FREP members and friends can help build the information, resources, and links on the FREP Website

Help us add to these areas (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.

Please send your suggested information to Becky Hoag at 
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, 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
Saturday, June 12 Prairie Open House at Tallgrass Restoration, 9 AM - 1 PM
June 15 & 29 EPA June Webinar Series      Flyer
Using Urban Agriculture and Green Stormwater Management Strategies to Promote Neighborhood Stabilization and Community Development
Friday, June 18 Algonquin's Conservation Community Day, 11 AM - 2 PM
Theme: From the Faucet to the Watershed
Free event for the community - along the Woods Creek path   Weblink
Friday, June 18 DECONSTRUCTION WORKSHOP, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Building Community Assets through Deconstruction and Material Reuse
University Center of Lake County, Grayslake    Details & Registration
Wednesday, June 30 Best Practices for Sustainable Communities Conference
Presented by Winnebago County     Brochure
Cliffbreakers Riverside Resort, Rockford
Thursday, July 29 Getting In Step Outreach Workshop - A Guide for Conducting Watershed Outreach Campaigns   $15
Lewis & Clark College, Godfrey, IL  To register email:
Download a copy of the Getting In Step Guide HERE 
Saturday, June 31-Sunday, August 1 2010 Chase the Moon Midnight Ride    Website
Sponsored by The Conservation Foundation
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.