FREP E-Downstream
Thursday, November 3, 2011                                      Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meetings
Wednesday, November 16, 2011  1 PM  
Program:     Updates on the Watershed Planning for Blackberry, Ferson-Otter, Silver, Sleepy Hollow, and Jelkes Creeks
Presenter:    Tim Loftus, CMAP, and other staff and planning coordinators
Location:      Kane County Government Center, Building A, 4th Floor Conference Room
                   719 Batavia Avenue, Geneva, IL 60134       MAP                 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012  1 PM    Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
Program:      Grant Writing 101
Presenter:    Nancy Schumm, Schumm Consulting
Location:      Algonquin Village Hall, 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin

                   The program on grantwriting should be helpful to our members, especially those who will be pursuing a
                   grant from IEPA 319, which is the focus of our Feb. 15 Noon Network
FREP Noon Network
December 2011
Since our regular meeting date is so close to the Christmas holidays, we are going to encourage everyone to visit aGreen Drinks local Green Drinks group during December. These are local groups that meet monthly to network about environmental issues. To learn more about Green Drinks -- visit these websites:

             Green Drinks International                   Green Drinks Illinois

The following links are to groups are in or near our watershed and we'll post December dates, when they are available:  
McHenry County
Northwest Suburban
Upcoming Meeting Activites involving a new Illinois EPA 319 Fox Watershed Grant Package for FY13
FREP is planning to organize the submission of a package of grants to EPA 319 Grant Program for FY13.

An informational program will be presented at our Feburary 15, 2012 FREP Noon Network.  Watch for details in our next issue of Downstream, or visit our 319 Grants Webpage and watch for updates.
FREP members, potential members, and the general public are welcome to attend the FREP Noon Networks and meetings and programs.

Learn more about activities in the watershed and network with others.   FREP Meeting Minutes can be found HERE.
Program Presentations Online:  Many past Noon Network and meeting program presentations can be found in pdf form on the FREP Website HERE.
FREP's Annual Membership Drive
FREP is currently conducting its annual membership drive and collecting annual dues to help support the activities of the Partnership. Dues statements have been sent to exisiting members.

If you did not receive a statement in the mail, and/or are new to FREP membership, please visit our members' page for more information:  FREP Members Page

NEW this year: Pay your FREP Membership Dues online via PayPal. Start with the Online Membership Form HERE, and after completing the form, you will be taken to the PayPal payment link.

Also new this year, we are posting our renewing and new members on the FREP Membership 2011-12 Roll on our Website, and share the current list with you here.
THANK YOU to all who have responded so far to our annual membership drive. There are links, right, to those members who have websites.

We hope you will respond by November 15th.
FREP Membership Roll, to date, for 2011-12
Michael Ander, Friend, Sleepy Hollow
Paul Anderson, Friend, Geneva
Batavia Park District
John Church, Friend, Oswego
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
The Conservation Foundation
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Fox River Water Reclamation District, Elgin
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
Geneva Park District
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
Ted Gray, Living Waters Consultants
John Frerich, Friend, Batavia
Hey & Associates
Fred Houdek, Friend, Elburn
Kendall County Forest Preserver District
Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
McHenry County Conservation District
Jason Pettit, Friend, Aurora
Larry Rakunus, Friend, St. Charles
Village of Algonquin
Village of Fox River Grove
Village of Millbrook
Village of Oakwood Hills
Village of Oswego
Village of Port Barrington
Village of Sleepy Hollow
 Fox River Guide & Website
The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River is now available at more than 100 distribution points along the Fox River and in the watershed. CLICK HERE to find out where you can pick up your FREE copy.

You can also read the online version of The Citizen's Guide on the website HERE.

The companion website contains many pages of information to help you learn about what people can do in their homes and communities to help preserve and protect the beautiful Fox.

This new publication was produced by The Conservation Foundation and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership.
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:  Meetings are open to the public, anyone interested is welcome to attend and participate.
Blackberry Creek Watershed Meeting 
Tuesday, November 15, 2-4 PM
Blackberry Township Hall, 43 W 390 Main Street Road, Elburn, IL 60119

Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23   Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Tuesday, November 22, 2-4 PM
Campton Township Community Center, 5N082 Old La Fox Road, St. Charles, IL  60175

Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23    Webpage

Silver Creek & Sleepy Hollow Creek Watersheds Meeting

Wednesday, November 30, 1:30-3:30 PM
Prairie View Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake, IL

If you are interested in learning more about current efforts to establish an ongoing community participation group to support plan implementation and continue watershed planning efforts, please Contact Lynn Rotunno at: or 815-338-0393.        Webpage
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, November 16, 4:30 PM,
Judson University, Linder Tower, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Elgin, IL

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Meeting, Thursday, November 17, 7-9 PM,
Otto Engineering, Large Conference Room, 10 W. Main St. Carpentersville IL

Spring Creek has also begun the planning process. Contact info is on our Subwatersheds page
EPA Website that should be helpful to all the planners:  Healthy Watersheds
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:
November 5
4th Annual Bioneers Conference and Green Living Expo
McHenry Community College
Theme: “Journey to a Greener Tomorrow”
Keynote Speaker:  Bill Wilson, Director of Midwest Permaculture
Last year's conference provided an opportunity to share information, develop networks, and learn about new and innovative discoveries and technologies.  Approximately 200 people attended, and an additional 300 people walked through the Expo.

There is a current call for exhibitors.  Details at website:
November 9
7 PM
The Truth about Drain Tiles     
Countryside School Multi-purpose Room, 205 W. County Line Rd., Barrington Hills
On the southwest corner of Brinker Rd. and Lake-Cook Rd.      flyer
  see flyer for details and rsvp info
Free educational seminar presented by:
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership & Spring Creek Watershed Partnership
April 5, 2012
Annual Northeastern Illinois Envirothon
Danada House, Wheaton     Link to Details at KDSWCD
Of Interest
Guidance for Federal Agencies on Sustainable Practices for Designed Landscapes    LINK
Funding Opportunities
SCALE Grant from IEPA to support Stream Cleanups
It’s easy and with the SCALE grant from IEPA, you can get funding for supplies!  Stream clean ups are a great way to get your community involved and invested in improving water quality.  Pick a day, get some people together, and pick up some trash!   Details HERE

Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program     Application deadline: January 31, 2012
The Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program provides funding for teachers to organize field trips to visit the natural wonders of Illinois. Teachers may apply for up to $500 to be used for transportation and substitute teacher costs. Complete instructions and application form are available HERE. 

The IEPA is accepting IGIG Program grant proposals through December 15th, 2011 for the 2011 Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (IGIG) Program
For the implementation of stormwater management practices or techniques that help preserve, restore, or recreate natural hydrology. These green infrastructure practices include things like bioretention areas, bioswales, green roofs, permeable pavement, and rainwater harvesting systems. Details

Grants from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Education

The IDNR Division of Education is working in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Illinois Conservation Foundation to expand the Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program. The maximum available funds per Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant application increased to $1,000! The Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program provides funds to establish or enhance wildlife habitat on the school grounds or other public place and is available to teachers, youth group leaders and nature center personnel. Butterfly gardens, rain gardens, prairie plots and wetlands are just some of the projects that qualify.
Click HERE for details     Deadlines in November & January

Illinois Conservation Foundation Offers Conservation Achievement Scholarships for High School Seniors
Application deadline: November 30, 2011

The Illinois Conservation Foundation will honor high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding efforts to preserve, protect, enhance and/or promote Illinois' natural resources with the awarding of three Conservation Achievement Scholarships. One $5,000 scholarship, one $3,000 scholarship and one $2,000 scholarship are available. The applicant must be an Illinois resident and a senior in an Illinois high school during the 2011-2012 school year. Voluntary, effective contributions to Illinois' natural resources throughout the applicant's high school enrollment must be documented. The application form can be accessed HERE. Questions may be addressed to Donna Ferguson at or 217-785-2003.
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.

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