FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, April 13, 2011                                      Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP ACTIVITIES
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.
 
Special FREP Noon Network (in place of our May Membership Meeting)
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
 Special Event  Noon - 1:30 PM

Location: Dick Young Forest Preserve/Nelson Lake Marsh, west of Batavia
              Meet at Large Shelter off of Nelson Lake Road
Program: Blackberry Creek Watershed Planning Group
              A special tour and celebration of the life
              of Dick Young, who passed away March 13

This event will all be outdoors and will replace our regularly scheduled FREP membership meeting this month
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.
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, April 19
Stakeholder Meeting  1:30 - 4:30 PM
Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove
APC Building Room 258   MAP
Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23  tneff@theconservationfoundation.org   Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Tuesday, April 26
Stakeholder Meeting  2-4 PM
Trotter and Associates
40W201 Wasco Rd., Suite D, St. Charles
Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23  tneff@theconservationfoundation.org    Webpage

Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed and Silver Creek Watershed Meeting
Meeting today, April 13. So next meeting TBA
 
Webpages:     Silver     Sleepy Hollow
Contact Lynn Rotunno at:  815-338-0393   watershedinfo@mcdefenders.net
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

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Meeting Wednesday, June 15, 7 PM, West Dundee

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
 
 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
Sunday, April 17
1-5 PM
Garfield Farm Museum Workshop:  Growing Family Vegetables: A Lost Family Art
$45 Fee   Website
Thursday, April 28
5:30 PM
The Conservation Foundation's 2011 Earth Day Benefit Dinner
Woodridge   Website
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
Sunday
June 12
McHenry County Conservation Foundation's Annual
Pedal-Paddle Through the Prairie
   Website
Glacial Park
Friday, June 17
11 AM - 2 PM
Algonquin’s Conservation Community Day,  11 AM - 2 PM
Woods Creek     Website
 
Funding News
Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership Awards Grants in Support of Invasive Plant Control Work
Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP) recently awarded three small grants to support invasive plant control work.  Awards were delegated to the Chicago Park District for $3000, to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County for $1000 and to Plainfield Township Park District for $1045, in efforts to mitigate the impacts of invasive plants.  Link
 
Other News/Information
Have you signed the petition for the proposed Hackmatack National Wildife Refuge?  Visit the Website today!
Also, check out the Supporters page. If you are part of an organization or business not yet listed here, please consider becoming an Organizational Friend of Hackmatack.
 
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