FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, May 4, 2011                                      Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP ACTIVITIES
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 (Shelter #2) off Main Street, WEST of Nelson Lake Rd.   Map
Program: Blackberry Creek Watershed Planning Group
              A special tour and celebration of the life of Dick Young, who passed away March 13

The focus of this program is on Nelson Lake and its place in the Blackberry Creek watershed. Drew Ullberg of Kane County Forest Preserve District will lead a tour of the Dick Young Forest Preserve. Jason Pettit of Kendall County Forest Preserve and Drew will talk about Dick Young and his contributions to open space in both counties.

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
We are pleased to announce the committee has already scheduled our annual
Conversations About Conservation With Our Legislators
Friday, September 23, 2011    Registration and networking at 9:30am
Kendall County Historic Court House, Yorkville

Representative Kay Hatcher will be the keynote speaker.  All senators and representatives from the watershed are invited to attend.  Please join us to hear the latest from Springfield (like IDNR funding, cuts to OSLAD grants, and legislation that impacts our watershed).  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your representatives, ask questions, and let them know how their votes impact you.

More details to follow as the date gets closer.  Please plan on joining us for the morning.
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!  In addition to organizing the annual Conversations about Conservation with our Legislators,  the committee works to inform the membership of proposed legislation that impacts FREP’s mission. We are 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 the Conversations program September 23rd.
 
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 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011    2 - 4 PM
Batavia Public Library
Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23  tneff@theconservationfoundation.org   Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Tuesday, May 24, 2-4 PM
St. Charles Park Dist.
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles

Stream walk at Otter Creek Wetland Park is also planned for Noon-2 PM - Bring a sack lunch, more details to come
Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23  tneff@theconservationfoundation.org    Webpage

Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed and Silver Creek Watershed Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 1:30-3:30 PM
Algonquin Township
3702 US Highway 14, Crystal Lake    MAP
 
Contact Lynn Rotunno at:  815-338-0393   watershedinfo@mcdefenders.net   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 Tuesday, May 24, Annual Meeting 5:30 PM, General Meeting 6:30 PM
Judson University, Elgin  Linder Tower – Eagle Lounge (1st Floor)

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 
 
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
Friday
May 6
9 AM - Noon
Groundwater Protection:  Science, Planning, and Action
Forum Highlights include:
Panel on The State of Groundwater Science: 
     What Planners and Policymakers Have to Work With
Panel on Implementing Groundwater Protection: Lessons Learned
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Offices
Willis Tower 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 
COST: Free          Hosted by CMAP & The Delta Institute
RSVP: Required for building entrance; Email yambriz@cmap.illinois.gov
Thursday
May 12
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Chicago Wilderness Restoration Roundtable: Urban River and Riparian Restoration
Riverside Town Hall, 27 Riverside Rd., Riverside, IL
The CW Natural Resources Management Team - in collaboration with the Lower Des Plaines Ecosystem Partnership, the US Army Corps of Engineers, Kabbes Engineering, the Frederick Law Olmsted Society, and the Village of Riverside - will be hosting a Restoration Roundtable on the topic of "Urban River and Riparian Restoration." The event will be an opportunity for conservation practitioners to network and exchange information on issues related to the ecological restoration and management of urban rivers and their riparian corridors. This will be the first of several Restoration Roundtables being organized by the NRM Team in 2011.

The event is free and open to anyone who is interested in ecological restoration and management of urban river corridors in the CW region. Please RSVP to chris.mulvaney@chicagowilderness.org. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/kGKJeW 
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   Flyer
 
Other News/Information
McHenry County's new Green Guide '11 is now available online HERE
Published by the Lou Marchi Total Recycling Institute, Full of new recycling and reusing information, it includes a Green Living section on where to buy green products locally and online. The Institute also provides education on related solid waste topics.
The Morton Arboretum Launches Online Plants Database
Visitors to The Morton Arboretum, researchers, horticulture professionals, and plant enthusiasts can access information about the plants of The Morton Arboretum living collections and Herbarium using the Integrated Plants Database, located at http://quercus.mortonarb.org. Users can view records of Arboretum trees and other plants, interactive collections map, images of pressed and living specimens, hardiness zone data and other information.   Additionally, users can easily learn which Arboretum plants were collected by Floyd Swink, Gerould Wilhelm, Ray Schulenberg, George Ware, and other top authorities of the Chicago region's flora, and by famous plant explorers such as Joseph Rock, Edgar Anderson, Julian Steyermark, Ernest H. Wilson, and others. The database also documents the Arboretum's collecting expeditions in North America and worldwide.
Garfield Farm Museum Summer Camp Registration Open    Website
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