FREP E-Downstream
Friday, January 7, 2011                                      Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP ACTIVITIES
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 19, 2011    1 PM
Location:  Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
               Randall & Rt. 20, Elgin   Hosted by City of Elgin Park & Recreation Department

Program:  Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership and the New Invaders Watch List
               Cathy McGlynn, Invasive Plant Management Coordinator, Chicago Wilderness

Cathy will share about this new program which is a resource to all of us in the Fox River watershed. FREP is supporting her efforts by setting up two future training sessions in the watershed, one in the north region and one in the south. The free, 2-3 hour training discusses the importance of invasive plants, provides background and identification information on the 23 invasive species that the program focuses on, and give some insight about how one goes about reporting a new invasive species.

Come to our meeting in January to learn more and then watch for our announcements about the training sessions and more information about how you can utilize these resources in your community.
 The New Invaders Watch Program is a partnership of government, non-profit, and volunteer organizations dedicated to the early detection and control of new exotic invasive plant and insect species in the Chicago Wilderness (CW) region, an area of globally threatened natural communities. This region is a global transportation hub, providing access for plant and animal invasions.
Website Link

Their target species are known to be invasive in the Midwest or regions of similar climate, and are not currently known from CW or are relatively rare here.

Their goals are to:
--Increase understanding of invasive species impacts, their modes of invasion, and control measures to limit their spread
--Provide mechanisms to collect and share information on 15 plant and 2 insect target species to improve management strategies and predict future distributions
--Facilitate the prevention and control of new exotic invasives

A website for the Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership will be available soon.
 
Also at this meeting: Annual Election of Officers for the FREP Executive Committee

The proposed Slate of Officers:
Tim Pollowy, President,
Kerry Leigh, Vice President
Nancy Schumm Burgess, Secretary,
Matt Bardol, Treasurer

All FREP members with paid up dues are eligible to vote.

More information about FREP and our current officers can be found HERE
Karen Miller is chair of the nominations committee. If you have questions about the Slate or are interested in one of these offices, please contact her at 630-232-3418
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, February 16, 2011     Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  Nippersink Watershed Social Research Study
               Maintaining What We Value: The Nippersink Creek Watershed Management Plan
               A Report on the Community Survey    Link to the Report

Presenters: Joan M. Brehm, Associate Professor of Sociology,
                  Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Illinois State University
                  Danielle Pasko, Graduate Research Assistant             

Location:  Wonder Lake Master Property Owners Association (MPOA) Offices
                7602 Hancock Drive, Wonder Lake   MAP

The Nippersink Watershed Association commissioned a report, prepared by Illinois State University, under a Section 319 grant provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, to provide a summary of the findings resulting from a recent survey of Nippersink Watershed residents. These findings will help to guide on-going and future outreach efforts in encouraging watershed stakeholders to recognize the significant value of Nippersink Creek, and to work cooperatively to implement the Nippersink Creek Watershed Plan. LINK to the Plan.
FREP extends a special invitation to all the groups currently working on watershed plans to attend this Noon Network. The information from this survey could be helpful to your watershed planning efforts.
Would you like to host a FREP Noon Network or Meeting? Have a topic or project you'd like to share? And a location where it can be held?  Please contact Becky as soon as possible to arrange.  foxriverinfo@comcast.net
 
Watershed Planning
Watershed Planning
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the delegated authority for the region’s areawide water quality management plan. CMAP has an agreement with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to complete four watershed-based plans within the Fox River Basin.  Watershed planning commenced Sept. 2010 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).

Read more about the project and information about each of the four watersheds HERE.
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 
Tuesday, January 18,    2 PM
Community Room of the North Aurora Police Department - 200 S. Lincolnway
For more information, Contact Erin Tuttle at:
etuttle@theconservationfoundation.org  630-428-4500, Ext. 41   Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Tuesday, January 25,   2-4 PM
St. Charles Municipal Center, Council Chamber Room 2 E. Main St, St. Charles
For more information, Contact Erin Tuttle at:
etuttle@theconservationfoundation.org  630-428-4500, Ext. 41    Webpage

Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed and Silver Creek Watershed Meeting
Tuesday, January 11, 2:30-4:30 PM
Nunda Township Meeting Hall
3510 Bay Road, Crystal Lake   Maplink 
Webpages:     Silver     Sleepy Hollow

For more information, Contact Lynn Rotunno at: watershedinfo@mcdefenders.net     815-338-0393
Additional Watershed Planning Groups
There are other active watershed groups involved with planning and implementation activities. Visit our Subwatersheds page for more information or these specific Websites/Webpages:

Tyler Creek Watershed  Meeting Wednesday, January 26, 4:30 PM at Judgson University, Elgin

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Meeting  Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7 PM, Sleepy Hollow Village Hall

Spring Creek has also begun the planning process. Contact info is on our Subwatersheds page
 
FREP Annual Membership Dues
FREP's new fiscal year began July 1. Dues statements were sent out in September and were due by the end of November. Thank you to all who have sent in their dues so far! We will be sending out reminder statements in January, to those who have not responded.

If you are new to FREP and would like to support us through membership, please use this form:  2010-11 FREP Membership Form
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New Fox River Guide & Website being developed
A new publication and accompanying website will be developed and launched this summer, thanks to a grant obtained from The Donnelley Foundation by The Conservation Foundation (TCF). The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River, will feature articles and photographs "to engage more local residents in protecting their Fox River. "FREP is joining TCF in this project to:
--educate people living and working within the Fox River watershed about the importance of the river and protecting it
--provide real and inspiring "on the ground" examples on how people can help protect the Fox River where they live and work, and
--promote special places near and along the Fox RIver to visit and enjoy nature

We look forward to keeping you updated as the project progresses.
***What makes the Fox River So Special?****
You can participate in the the creation of the Fox River Guide & Website by sending in your suggestions for this question --- What makes the Fox River So Special? A thing, a place, an activity? Why is the Fox River special to you? We want to learn of as many things as possible as we prepare the publication and website.

Submit your suggestions via email to: specialfox@foxriverecosystem.org
Please provide details and weblinks, if applicable.
Deadline:  January 24     Thank You!
 
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
Wednesday
January 12
9 AM
Lake County Municipal Advisory Committee Program     Weblink
Topics: USEPA's effluent limitations, NPDES rulemaking requirements to meet stormwater performance standards, and green infrastructure implementation to meet those performance standards; DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup's efforts to montitor TMDLs.
Lake County Central Permit Facility, 2nd Floor Conference Room,
500 W. Winchester Rd., Libertyville
Friday
January 28
1-3 PM
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness 2010 Native Landscaping and Conservation Awards Ceremony
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., 12th floor, Chicago
To RSVP,  please contact Michelle Uting, Chicago Wilderness Manager of Outreach, at 773-631-1790, ext. 15 
Thurs-Fri
February 3-4
Stream Restoration Workshop for Government and Not-For-Profit Stakeholders
Environmentally Sound Stream Management Using Natural Channel Design and Fluvial Geomorphology
IIT-Rice Campus, Wheaton, Illinois
Instructor:  Ted Gray, Living Waters Consultants      FEE        Flyer
February 3, 10, 17, 24 Exploring Local Food -- Workshops for Home, School and Business
McHenry County College    Flyer
Saturday
March 5
8 AM - 4:45 PM
Wild Things, a Chicago Wilderness Conference for People and Nature
University of Illinois Chicago
Keynote speaker: Curt Meine, Conservation biologist and Leopold biographer
The Legacy of Aldo Leopold in the Chicago Region
 including a preview of a new Leopold film
Early registration is $28 and ends on January 30, 2011.  Register HERE 
Wednesday
April 6
Northeastern Illinois Envirothon, Wheaton
More information on the Websites for:
North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
 
Funding News
GO TO 2040 Local Technical Assistance Program
CMAP will be making staff resources and grants available to assist with local planning projects
REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2011     WEBLINK
 
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