FREP E-Downstream
Monday, March 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 Noon Network
Wednesday, March 16, 2011   1 PM
LocationTri-County State Park, IDNR Offices, Coneflower Room
                2050 W. Stearns Road, Bartlett   (west of Rt. 59)

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

The meeting is open to all FREP members and other interested members of the watershed community.
 
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, April 20, 2011     Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  Focus on Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed Planning
Including Tour of Crystal Lake Waste Water Treatment Plant

Presenter: Jim Huchel, Wastewater Superintendent
Location: City of Crystal Lake’s WWTP # 3 400 Knaack Blvd, Crystal Lake, IL
Just behind Knaack Manufacturing (Emerson), north side.  Knaack Blvd. is a small dead- end street that runs north from Terra Cotta Ave (Route 176). Park on the south side of the Maintenance Garage Building on the plant property.
 
Upcoming Noon Networks:
Wednesday, June 15, 2011  Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Hawks Bluff Park, Batavia Park Dist. 30 acres of wetland, stream corridor and remnant Oak Savannah.
Use of permeable pavers in the parking area                                        Location: Meet at Hawks Bluff Park, Batavia
Wednesday, August 17, 2011   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Focus on Silver Creek Watershed Planning                         Location: TBA
Wednesday, October 19, 2011   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Focus on Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Planning            Location: TBA
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 Government Relations Committee
Are you interested in learning more about current environmental legislation?  Do you have connections with local senators or representatives?  The Government Relations Committee has a place for you!  The Committee organizes an annual event, Conversations about Conservation with our Legislators and works to inform the membership of proposed legislation that impacts FREP’s mission.  The Committee is open to other tasks and ideas.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Katie Parkhurst at 847-658-4184 or katieparkhurst@algonquin.org
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The time commitment is minimal and you will learn a lot and can be part of the planning for our next Conversations program in September.
 
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, March 22,
Stakeholder Meeting  2-4 PM      Open House 4:30 - 6:30 PM

Elburn Village Hall, 301 E. North St., Elburn
Contact Erin Tuttle at: etuttle@theconservationfoundation.org  630-428-4500, Ext. 41   Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Tuesday, March 29,  2-4 PM      Open House 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: TBA
Contact Erin Tuttle at: etuttle@theconservationfoundation.org  630-428-4500, Ext. 41    Webpage

Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed and Silver Creek Watershed Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 1:30-3:30 PM
Village of Oakwood Hills, 3020 North Park Ave., Oakwood Hills      Maplink
 
Webpages:     Silver     Sleepy Hollow
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, March 30, 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 are in the process of sending out reminder statements, to past members 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: preservethefox.org  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: foxriverinfo@comcast.net
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
Saturday
April 30
11 AM - 4 PM
Earth Day Celebration
Sponsored by McHenry County Conservation District &
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake
 
Funding News
Illinois American Water 2011 Environmental Grant Program   DEADLINE March 25
apply for up to $10,000 of grant money to make some immediate watershed improvements
Press Release    Brochure   Grant Form
Upper Mississippi River Watershed Fund - National Fish & Wildlife Foundation    DEADLINE April 15   Weblink
Grant awards will range from $15,000 to $75,000.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2011 Request for Applications - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Grants are available to fund a wide range of projects, including work to target invasive species, to reduce the impact of toxic substances and nonpoint pollution, to protect public health, and to clean up heavily contaminated “Areas of Concern” around the Great Lakes Basin.      DEADLINE April 11    Webinars March 9 & 17   Weblink
 
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
Illinois RiverWatcher Newsletter Spring 2011
New website:  GoGreenMcHenry.com
 
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