FREP E-Downstream
Tuesday, February 8, 2011                                      Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP remembers one of our founders and first treasurer, Jack Cook, who passed away February 1. He was president of the Kane County Forest Preserve District for many years and also helped found Chicago Wilderness. A memorial service will be held at Elgin Evangelical Free Church, 1900 Big Timber Road, Elgin on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
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.
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, March 16, 2011    1 PM
Location:  Tri-County State Park, IDNR Offices, Coneflower Room
               2050 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett

Program:  Instead of a program, we will use this meeting to do some visioning and planning
                   for the direction FREP can and should take in the next couple of years

NOTE: We had a great turnout for our January 19 meeting and program about the New Invaders Watch List Network presented by Catherine McGlynn. We are in the process of setting up a couple of workshops in the watershed and will announce them in our next Downstream. For more information, please check out our new webpage about New Invaders Watch HERE, which includes Cathy's contact information and a link to her website.
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.
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.
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.
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 and anyone interested is welcome to attend and participate.
Blackberry Creek Watershed Meeting 
Tuesday, February 22,  10 AM
Montgomery Village Hall
200 N. River St., Montgomery
For more information, Contact Erin Tuttle at:  630-428-4500, Ext. 41   Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Tuesday, February 22,  2 PM
South Elgin Village Hall, 10 N. Water St., South Elgin
For more information, Contact Erin Tuttle at:  630-428-4500, Ext. 41    Webpage

Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed and Silver Creek Watershed Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2:30-4:30 PM
Municipal Complex - P105/106 Training Room
City of Crystal Lake
100 W. Woodstock Street

Planning Update & Input Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 10,  6:30-8:30 PM
City Council Chambers
City of Crystal Lake
100 W. Woodstock Street
3510 Bay Road, Crystal Lake   Maplink 
Webpages:     Silver     Sleepy Hollow

For more information, Contact Lynn Rotunno at:     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, Feb. 23, 4:30 PM at Judson College, Elgin

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Meeting Tuesday, March 22, 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. We will be sending out reminder statements soon, 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.
 Fox River Guide & Website
A new publication is currently being developed and will be distributed in June: The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River. It will feature articles and photographs "to engage more local residents in protecting their Fox River."  The Conservation Foundation (TCF) and FREP are working together on this project.

The companion website is already up, and will be expanded in the coming months. Visit it at:  There is information on the website about how to sponsor and/or advertise in the publication.
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:
February 10, 17, 24 Exploring Local Food -- Workshops for Home, School and Business
McHenry County College    Flyer
February 17
6 PM
The Conservation Foundation's annual Earth Day Celebration Dinner
Program:  Trees and Natural Lands in a Changing Climate, Dr.Gerard Donnelly, President/CEO, The Morton Arboretum  FEE    Brochure
February 24-25,
Chicago Wilderness Midwest Ecological Prescription Burn Crew Member Training sessions  
$15 Fee   Weblink
This training covers the basics of such topics as prescription burn techniques, fire behavior, and smoke management. The objective is to provide participants with the background necessary to safely participate on the crew of a prescribed burn. Please be advised that while many CW land-owning organizations accept this course as their standard minimum crew member training, it does NOT carry the official NWCG S-130/S-190 certification. This training is open to volunteers, natural resource professionals, and others involved in the restoration and management of natural areas in the Chicago Wilderness region.
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 
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
April 30
11 AM - 4 PM
Earth Day Celebration
McHenry County Conservation District
Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake
Funding News
Illinois Rain Garden Initiative Grant Applications Being Accepted
Application Deadline: February 28, 2011
Applications are now being accepted for the Illinois Rain Garden Initiative grant program. Schools and community organizations may apply for up to $1,000 to develop a rain garden on public property. Rain gardens have many educational and ecological benefits. Do you have a storm water runoff problem that a rain garden could help alleviate? If so, complete and submit your application today. CLICK HERE for more information and the application materials. This program is sponsored by the Illinois Conservation Foundation in cooperation with the IDNR. Funds are provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Other News/Information
A Kane County Forest Preserve District Land Preservation and Preserve Improvement Referendum
will be on the ballot April 5, 2011
Purpose:  Continue successful land acquisition program and make improvements to existing preserves for public enjoyment    Information sheet
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.