FREP E-Downstream

Friday, August 27, 2010                                                                                  Greetings from FREP!

Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
 FREP's Annual Conversations About Conservation With Our Legislators
Wednesday, September 15, 2010     1 PM
FREP's Annual Conversations About Conservation With Our Legislators
Lake Front Park Center    Maplink
               71 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake 60020
Co-Host:  Fox Waterway Agency

We are pleased to hold our annual Conversations event in the northern part of the Fox River Watershed and welcome the participation of the legislators who are part of the Fox Waterway Agency caucus.

The program will include speakers:
Senator Michael Bond
Senator Pam Althoff (invited)
Jack Darin, Executive Director of Sierra Club of Illinois
Comments by any other legislators in attendance

The program will conclude with a time for questions and answers.

The program is open to all FREP members and other interested members of the watershed community.
To assist in room set-up, it would be helpful if you'd Email us to say you are attending:
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 Noon Network
Wednesday, October 20, 2010     Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  Proposed Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
Presenter: Cindy Skrukrud
  Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park, Rt. 31 & Harts Road, Ringwood, IL   Maplink

The Friends of Hackmatack was formed to facilitate the establishment of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in the northeastern Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin. The refuge will conserve our area’s unique natural landscapes, plants and wildlife; link existing open space areas; create recreational opportunities and provide long-term economic benefits to the residents of our region.

In April US Fish & Wildlife Service approved the study to determine the feasibility of establishing this new National Wildlife Refuge.

Come to the Noon Network to learn more about this wonderful project within our Fox River Watershed.

Friends of Hackmatack Website         US Fish & Wildlife Service Webpage on Hackmatack
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.  Just added - our August FREP Noon Network on the Jelke Creek Reclamation Project in Dundee Township.
New FREP Activity
Watershed Planning
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the delegated authority for the region’s areawide water quality management plan. CMAP entered into an agreement with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to complete four watershed-based plans within the Fox River Basin. 

Watershed planning commences in September in Blackberry Creek and Ferson-Otter Creek watersheds (Lower Fox River, Kane and Kendall counties) and in Sleepy Hollow Creek and Silver Creek watersheds (Upper Fox River, McHenry County).  Funding for these projects was provided by the IEPA through Section 604(b) of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

The Conservation Foundation (TCF), Environmental Defenders of McHenry County (EDMC), and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership (FREP) are partners in the planning process and have received grants from CMAP. TCF and EDMC will serve as local watershed coordinators in the Lower Fox and Upper Fox watersheds respectively, convene local stakeholders and execute an outreach plan.

FREP will support the outreach and education effort by upgrading their subwatersheds webpage, highlight watershed planning activity in their e-newsletter – “Downstream” and host a Noon Network in each of the four watersheds. 

The Fox River Study Group is also involved as the hydrologic and water quality simulation models being developed for them by the Illinois State Water Survey will be used to estimate watershed-pollutant loads.  Thus, CMAP is supporting a collaborative structure for conserving the Fox River, an important source of regional water supply.

The planning process and watershed plans are to be completed by December 31, 2011.  
Initial Stakeholder Watershed Planning Meeting Schedule:
Please note: these meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about this project is welcome to attend and participate.
Blackberry Creek Watershed Meeting     Map of Watershed
Tuesday, Sept 21, 10 AM - Noon
Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive; Sugar Grove  60554
For more information, Email Erin Tuttle at:

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting   
Map of Watershed
Tuesday, Sept 21, 2-4 PM
Campton Township Community Center, 5N082 Old LaFox Road,  St. Charles   Maplink
For more information, Email Erin Tuttle at:

Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed and Silver Creek Watershed Combined Meeting
Thursday, September 23, Lunch Social Noon – 1 PM, Meeting 1-3 PM  
Prairieview Education Center,  2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake    Weblink
Map of Sleepy Hollow Watershed       Map of Silver Creek Watershed 
For more information, Email Lynn Rotunno at: 
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.   

We are starting to get more responses for the rain garden registry. We hope to get a few more and we will create the database soon. So please register your rain garden using the form online.

Visit the Demonstration Rain Garden at St. Charles Horticultural Research Farm
Rt. 38 & Peck Road, St. Charles. The garden is at the northwest corner of the intersection.
Look for the new informational signage at the garden.
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:
Monday, August 30
5:30 PM
A Forum on Parks, Open Space and Nature
The Field Museum, Simpson Theater, Chicago
Presented by Openlands, Chicago Park District & The Field Museum
Provide input to President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, a 21st Century agenda for conservation, recreation and connecting with the outdoors.
If you can't attend, read more about the initiative and submit your ideas HERE
There is no cost for this event.  Registration begins at 4:30.  Please arrive at the West door promptly. There will be complimentary parking available for this event in the Soldier Field North Garage. 
September 18
Annual "It's Our River Day" - A Celebration of Illinois Rivers through Education, Recreation, and Conservation
Events and activities are being held throughout Illinois
If you are planning a 2010 event, please register at
September 21
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
2010 Parking Lot & Sidewalk Deicing Workshop
Arrowhead Gold Club, Wheaton   Fee   Flyer
September 22
7:45 AM - Noon
2010 Public Roads Deicing Workshop
Arrowhead Gold Club, Wheaton   Fee   Flyer
  Fall Issue of Illinois RiverWatcher
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.