FREP E-Downstream

Friday, August 6, 2010                                                                                  Greetings from FREP!

Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
 
FREP ACTIVITIES
 FREP Noon Networks
Wednesday, August 18, 2010     Noon - 1:30 PM  
Program:  Jelke Creek Reclamation Project, Dundee Township
Presenter: Sue Harney, Dundee Township Supervisor
Location:
  Meet at Sleepy Hollow Village Hall, 1 Thorobred Lane, first for presentation.   Map Link

We will then carpool to go to the site, 5 minutes away.  Interested parties can drive or walk through the 3.65 miles of trails and view the ponds, terraces and bio-swales.

The Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary Restoration Project lies within a 239-acre site owned and managed by Dundee Township and located southwest of the Village of Sleepy Hollow in northern Kane County, Illinois.  Approximately 160 acres of the site have been severely disturbed and degraded due to historic gravel quarry operations.  The mining activities created topsoil stockpile berms, spoil piles, mine tailings, and extensive moderately to steeply sloped areas that were poorly vegetated and exhibited gully, sheet and rill erosion.  Water quality impacts on Jelke Creek included siltation/sedimentation, nutrient enrichment, and habitat degradation. 

The  Project was substantially constructed in November 2009 and is expected to be finalized in 2010.  Restoration included re-locating 260,000cy of soil, re-grading slopes, re-spreading the topsoil stockpiles, installing native plant materials in the re-spread topsoil zones, and constructing the following Best Management Practices: 
* Biofiltration swales totaling 3,250 linear feet to treat and infiltrate runoff from the site;
* Conversion of three (3) existing mining ponds into stormwater wetlands to improve pollutant removal before discharging stormwater; and
* Construction of six (6) stormwater detention basins to improve water quality, remove suspended and soluble nonpoint source pollutants, enhance habitat and aesthetics, and improve water retention and other beneficial hydrologic functions.    

Article about Jelke Creek Project

Jelke Creek Bird Sanctuary Webpage
 
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
September (week of the 13th), 2010
FREP's Annual Conversations About Conservation With Our Legislators
Final plans are currently being made for this annual program, now moved to September from the traditional March timeframe.

This year the event will be held in the northern part of the Watershed, at Grant High School in Fox Lake. Our thanks to Ingrid Danler of Fox Waterway Agency for making the arrangements. She is currently finalizing a day and time with her legislative contacts.

Another edition of the Downstream will be sent out as soon as plans are finalized. We hope many of you can join us.
  
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 Membership Dues
FREP's new fiscal year began July 1. Dues statements will be sent out in September and due by the end of November.

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
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
If you have an activity or event you'd like FREP to share on our Website or in the Downstream, please email the information to Becky at: foxriverinfo@comcast.net
   
Thursday, Nov. 4 Congress 2010:
The 7th Biennial Congress of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance

University of Illinois at Chicago - The Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 
Website    Details TBA
Saturday, Nov. 6 BIONEERS at McHenry Community College Conference   
Featured Keynote Speaker: Food - How It’s All Connected
Jim Braun, Coordinator IL Local Food, Farms and Jobs Council
Website      Flyer
   
The next issue of RiverWatcher goes out September 1.
They seek contributors to this issue to send any of the following:
articles about an organization or citizen group that is working to protect/improve our water resources water-related updates such as new programs, watershed plans, restoration projects, etc. water-related events taking place between September 1 and November 30  
(provide a short description and link to the calendar); photos (share your favorite stream/river photo); poems and short stories any other information you wish to share with your fellow water stewards and Citizen Scientists.
Contact: Vera Bojic, National Great Rivers Research & Education Center, Lewis and Clark Community College, 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, IL 62035 Ph:  (618) 468-4870  Fax:  (618) 468-7221
vbojic@lc.edu     Webite: http://ngrrec.org
 
Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership    630-482-9157
foxriverinfo@comcast.net   Please Email me if you have an Email to add to our mailing list.
FREP WEBSITE:  foxriverecosystem.org