|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
Location: Spring Lake, McCoy &
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
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
|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
|FREP Membership Meetings
July Picnic/Social Activity
|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
|FREP Annual Conversations About Conservation With Our
|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
|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
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
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 members and friends can help build the
information, resources, and links on the
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 - 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
Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois, Aurora
FREP will have a display, and our president,
Tim Pollowy, will be speaking
|Saturday, June 12
Open House at Tallgrass Restoration, 9 AM
- 1 PM
June 15 & 29
EPA June Webinar Series
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
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
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: vbojic.lc.edu
Download a copy of the Getting In Step Guide
Saturday, June 31-Sunday, August 1
Chase the Moon Midnight Ride
Sponsored by The Conservation Foundation
Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership
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