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Thursday, July 7, 2011                                      Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Annual Social/Picnic    Friday, July 22
This year our event will start with a tour of Farnsworth House in PlanoFarnsworth House
3:30 PM  Tour the Farnsworth House and see the special Lumenhaus Exhibit   Website
14520 River Road, Plano
Note: River Road is closed a few blocks west of Route 47 in Yorkville

This will be followed by a Picnic at Hoover Forest Preserve
5:00 PM

11285 Fox Road, Yorkville

Event Flyer   (with directions to both locations)       

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 provided.
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 by emailing:
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, August 17, 2011  Noon - 1:30 PM  
Program:     Restoring 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, Oakwood Hills
                   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 McHenry County  Weblink

Noon Networks are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Bring your lunch to eat during the program.

Upcoming Noon Networks:
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 the FREP Noon Networks and meetings and programs.
Learn more about activities in the watershed and network with others.   FREP Meeting Minutes can be found HERE.
Program Presentations Online:  Many past Noon Network and meeting program presentations can be found in pdf form on the FREP Website HERE.
FREP Government Relations Committee
Our Annual: Conversations About Conservation With Our Legislators
Friday, September 23, 2011    Registration and networking at 9:30am
Historic 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 for September.
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 Partnership  Website

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 Partnership.

The companion website 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 Fox.

You can also read the online version of The Citizen's Guide on the website HERE.

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.
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, July 19
Stakeholder Meeting,  2 PM

Village of Montgomery
200 N. River St.

Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23   Webpage

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    Webpage

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   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 Wednesday, July 20, 4:30 PM
Judson University, Elgin  Linder Tower – 2nd Floor Conference Room

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 Subwatersheds page
EPA Website that should be helpful to all the planners:  Healthy Watersheds
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:
July 30
Chase the Moon Midnight Bike Ride            Website
Sponsored by The Conservation Foundation
Starts at Warrenville, ride through Fermilab
Fee   Registration Required
September 17
Illinois' It's Our River Day
A celebration of Illinois’ rivers through conservation, recreation and education

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.

Please complete this event form and submit to her office      Weblink
Funding Opportunity
National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance     Website
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. 
Applications accepted until August 1.
Other News/Information
Job Opportunity -- Lake County Forest Preserve, Assistant Superitendent of Natural Resource Operations
                             Deadline 7/29       LINK
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.

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