Thursday, July 7, 2011
|Please visit our
for additional information and updates on activities shared in
|FREP Annual Social/Picnic
Friday, July 22
|This year our event will start with a tour
of Farnsworth House in Plano
3:30 PM Tour the Farnsworth House and see
14520 River Road, Plano
Note: River Road is
closed a few blocks west of Route 47 in
This will be followed by a
Picnic at Hoover Forest
11285 Fox Road, Yorkville
Event Flyer (with directions to
The regular admission fee to Farnsworth House
will be waived, but donations will be
appreciated. Don't miss this special opportunity
to tour the famous Farnsworth House!
For the picnic, please bring a dish to share. Beverages
and grilled meats & buns, and tableware will be
Bring your family and join in the annual FREP softball
game and other yard games.
Please RSVP to Becky Hoag
for the tour and/or picnic by July 19
|FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Noon -
Natural Resources in the Silver Creek Watershed
Presenters: Kerry Leigh,
Trustee with the Village of Oakwood Hills
Steve Byers, Field Representative with the Illinois
Nature Preserves Commission
Location: Meet at
the picnic shelter at Oakwood Hills Park,
The park is located off North Park
Ave., a few blocks east of the Village Hall at 3020
North Park Ave.
Kerry Leigh will discuss the restoration of the fen
wetland buffer at Oakwood Hills Park done by the Village
with financial assistance from the USFWS and in-kind
services from the McHenry County Conservation District. Steve Byers will talk about fens and the unique
natural resources associated with Oakwood Hills Fen
Nature Preserve. The program will include a tour of the
restoration area and the Oakwood Hills Fen, which is an
Illinois State Nature Preserve.
Co-sponsored by the Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks
Watershed Coalition and the Environmental Defenders of
Noon Networks are free and
open to the public. Reservations are not
Bring your lunch to eat during the
|Upcoming Noon Networks:
|Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Focus on
Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Planning
|FREP members, potential members, and the general public
are welcome to attend the FREP Noon Networks and meetings and programs.
about activities in the watershed and network with others.
FREP Meeting Minutes can be found
Presentations Online: Many past Noon
Network and meeting program presentations can be found in pdf form on the FREP Website
FREP Government Relations Committee
Our Annual: Conversations About Conservation With Our
Friday, September 23, 2011
Registration and networking at 9:30am
Kendall County Court House, 110 W. Madison St., Yorkville
Representative Kay Hatcher will be the keynote speaker.
State 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. Please plan on
joining us for the morning.
We will end the program with a light lunch (donations
appreciated for the cost of the lunch)
This will take the place of our regular FREP Membership Meeting
Additional details will be shared in our August and September
issues of Downstream.
Are you interested
in learning more about current environmental legislation?
Please contact Katie Parkhurst
at 847-658-4184 or
Special Invasive Plants Workshop
Watch for our announcement of a September
date for a second workshop to be co-hosted by St. Charles Park
District and presented by Cathy
McGlynn, Coordinator, Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant
We had 24 at our first workshop in Barrington Hills in June.
Thanks to Patsy Mortimer and Flint Creek Watershed Partnership
for co-sponsoring and hosting this first workshop.
| Fox River Guide & Website
We are pleased to announce that The Citizen's Guide to
Preserving the Fox River has been published and is
currently being delivered to over 90 distribution points along
the Fox River and in the watershed.
This new publication was produced by
The Conservation Foundation and the Fox River Ecosystem
The companion website
preservethefox.org 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
You can also read the online version of The Citizen's Guide
on the website
The website will continue to grow as we add topics and
information to share with the watershed community. Please
bookmark it and visit often.
CLICK HERE to find out where you can pick
up your FREE copy.
Distribution of the Guide to all the listed locations should be
completed by July 11.
|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
|Watershed Planning Meeting Schedule:
Meetings are open to
the public, anyone interested is welcome to attend and participate.
Stakeholder Meeting, 2 PM
Village of Montgomery
200 N. River St.
Contact Tara Neff:
630-428-4500, Ext. 23
Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Tuesday, July 26, 2 PM
Lords Park Pavilion, Elgin
(100 Oakwood Blvd.)
Contact Tara Neff:
630-428-4500, Ext. 23
Silver Creek & Sleepy Hollow Creek Watersheds Meeting
Wednesday, July 20, 1:30-3:30 PM
Crystal Lake Park Dist.,
1 E. Crystal Lake Ave.
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
Tyler Creek Watershed Meeting Wednesday,
July 20, 4:30
Judson University, Elgin Linder Tower – 2nd Floor
Jelkes Creek Watershed Meeting,
Thursday, August 18, 7-9 PM,
Village of Carpentersville, 1200 L.W. Besinger Drive
Spring Creek has also begun the planning process. Contact info
is on our
|EPA Website that
should be helpful to all the planners:
|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:
Chase the Moon
Midnight Bike Ride
Sponsored by The Conservation Foundation
Starts at Warrenville, ride through
Fee Registration Required
Illinois' It's Our River Day
A celebration of Illinois’ rivers
through conservation, recreation and
Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is encouraging
communities and groups to plan an event
on this date and submit it to her office
to be included in full calendar of
events throughout the state.
this event form and submit to her
Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation
Every year, the National Park Service
helps hundreds of locally-driven
projects that create opportunities for
healthy outdoor recreation, connect
youth with the outdoors, and connect
communities to parks.
Rivers, Trails, & Conservation
Assistance from the National Park
Service provides no funding, but our
experienced staff can help communities
plan for success.
accepted until August 1.
-- Lake County Forest Preserve,
Assistant Superitendent of Natural
Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership
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This newsletter is posted on the FREP Website on the
Downstream Newsletter Archives Page