FREP E-Downstream
Thursday, December 1, 2011                                      Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
December Activity
Since our regular Noon Network date is so close to Christmas, we are instead encouraging you to visit a local Green Drinks event. 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 in or near our watershed. See the December date for McHenry County at the right. Some of the others may not be as active and have not listed a December date. But we encourage you to watch for a date and visit one close to you in the near future, we know you'll enjoy it.
McHenry County
Northwest Suburban
Green Drinks
McHenry County Green Drinks
Wednesday, Dec. 7     5-7 PM

Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen
110 N. Main St., Crystal Lake
FREP Membership Meeting
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

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:  For this January meeting we will have the annual election of officers. The open offices are: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. If you are interested in filling one of these positions or would like to nominate someone, please email  This will be passed on to Karen Miller, past president, who is the nominations chair.  Our current list of officers and more information about FREP can be found HERE
February FREP Noon Network to focus on new Illinois EPA 319 Fox Watershed Grant Package for FY13
Wednesday, February 15, 2012  Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:      Illinios EPA 319 Grant Workshop
Presenters:  Holly Hudson, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
                   Deanna Doohalk, Hey & Associates and FREP Water Resources Committee Chair
Location:      James "Pate" Philip State Park Auditorium        Hosted by Bartlett Park District
                   2054 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett 60103
                   Please note that some GPS systems get this location wrong, it is located WEST of Rt. 59 and EAST of Dunham Rd. & Rt. 25
FREP will be offering assistance in preparing a package of grant proposals for the Fox River watershed for the IEPA 319 Grant Program. This will be a workshop to help those who are interested in submitting a proposal.
More details will be posted soon on our 319 Grant Page

Come to our Grant Writing 101 program in January to learn or refresh your knowledge of the basics, and then come to this February program to learn about the opportunities and guidelines of a 319 Grant.
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 -- Call for those who haven't yet responded
FREP hopes to wrap up our annual membership drive and collection of dues to support the activities of the partnership. Dues statements were sent in September to exisiting members, with a response requested by November 15.
THANK YOU to all who have responded to our annual membership drive. 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. There are links for those members who have websites.
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   Members of the Executive Committee will be making follow-ups to encourage support of those who have not yet responded. We hope you will support FREP with your membership.

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.

DONATIONS: As a 501c3, FREP is also able to accept tax deductible donations. We appreciate any additional funds that are contributed to the partnership.  The online FREP Membership Form includes a place to indiciate donations and they can be paid via PayPal.
FREP Membership Roll, to date, for 2011-12
Michael Ander, Friend, Sleepy Hollow
Paul Anderson, Friend, Geneva
Matt Bardol, Geosyntec Consultants
Barrington Area Conservation Trust
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Batavia Park District
John Church, Friend, Oswego
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
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
Holly Hudson, CMAP
Kane County Development/Community Services Dept.
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Kendall County Forest Preserve District
Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Forest Preserve District
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
Kerry Leigh, Village of Oakwood Hills
Rob Linke, Friend, St. Charles
McHenry County Conservation District
McHenry County Conservation Foundation
North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
Oswegoland Park District
Jason Pettit, Friend, Aurora
Larry Rakunus, Friend, St. Charles
Nancy Schumm, Friend, Lake Barrington
Laura Stuart, Friend, Batavia
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
Village of Algonquin
Village of Fox River Grove
Village of Lake Barrington
Village of Millbrook
Village of Oakwood Hills
Village of Oswego
Village of Port Barrington
Village of Sleepy Hollow
New Lower Fox River Land Conservation Planning - Conservation Opportunity Area (COA)
At our November FREP Membership Meeting we shared information about the new project being coordinated by The Conservation Foundation. This voluntary planning project will concentrate on land areas along the Lower Fox River (LFR), its tributaries and the LFR Conservation Opportunity Area (COA), an area identified as having important conservation value in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan.

A strategic land conservation plan will be developed by a diverse group of local stakeholders in Kendall and LaSalle County, including private landowners, local municipalities, counties, agencies, and other groups to help them determine their priorities regarding natural resource protection. It may also enable some to qualify for potential funding by complying with the local and state plan.

What is the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan (IL-WAP)?  Each state is to develop a comprehensive wildlife conservation plan as a part of federal funding. These plans, developed with cooperation from conservation partners and input from the public, will set a course for stewardship of all wildlife species, with special attention given to species in greatest need of conservation. More details about the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan can be found HERE and HERE.

How is this project being funded?   The Lower Fox River planning process is funded through a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to The Conservation Foundation.

CLICK HERE to read the FAQs about the project. 

The Conservation Foundation contacts for this project are:
Dan Lobbes, Director of Land Preservation and John Church, Project Manager     Ph. 630-553-0687 x304
 Fox River Guide & Website
The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River is 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 publication was produced by The Conservation Foundation and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership.
Watershed Planning
Watershed Planning 
After 18 months of work, this project is wrapping up and the development of three new watershed plans.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), as the delegated authority for the region’s areawide water quality management plan, has an agreement with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to complete watershed-based plans within the Fox River Basin for 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 three 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, December 20, 2:00-4:00PM
Waubonsee Community College, Bodie Hall Room 150, 4S783 Illinois 47 Sugar Grove, IL  60554 

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

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Monday, December 19, 2:00-4:00 PM
Village of South Elgin Municipal Annex, 1 West State Street, South Elgin, IL  60177  

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

Silver Creek & Sleepy Hollow Creek Watersheds Meeting
Tuesday, December 20, 1:30-3:30 PM
City of Crystal Lake, P105/106 Training Room, 100 W. Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake

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, December 21, 4:30 PM,
Judson University, Linder Tower, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Elgin, IL

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Meeting, Thursday, February 2, 2012, 2-4 PM, Location TBA

Spring Creek Watershed is creating a plan. Website
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:
April 5, 2012
Annual Northeastern Illinois Envirothon
Danada House, Wheaton     Link to Details at KDSWCD
Friday & Saturday
May 4 & 5, 2012
Elgin's Green Expo -- Watershed Wanderings
A program designed to update legislators, municipal boards and staff, engineers, developers, and citizens about the Fox River Watershed, its threats, and proposed projects to restore the watershed.
Job Opportunities
Resource Ecologist III            Job Description
Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Sustainable Landscapes Coordinator  Job Description   Deadline 12/9/11
Liberty Prairie Conservancy

Funding Opportunities
USEPA Requests Proposals for Urban Waters Small Grants
EPA will award at least $1.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The goal of the urban waters small grants are to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents.
Examples of projects eligible for funding include:
  Education and training for water quality improvement or green infrastructure jobs
  Public education about ways to reduce water pollution
  Local water quality monitoring programs
  Engaging diverse stakeholders to develop local watershed plans
  Innovative projects that promote local water quality and community revitalization goals

Information about urban waters small grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at Questions can be submitted in writing via e-mail to and addressed to Ji-Sun Yi, by January 16, 2012.
EPA expects to award the grants in Summer 2012

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
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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