FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, August 3, 2011                                      Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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 Dr., a few blocks east of the Village Hall at 3020 North Park Dr.Oakwood Hills Fen

                                                                                  Oakwood Hills Fen >>

Village of Oakwood Hills Trustee Kerry Leigh, will share information on her work with the Village of Oakwood Hills to restore 20 acres of savanna habitat in the community park adjacent to the Oakwood Hills Fen Nature Preserve. The restoration will help to improve the health of this natural area by removing invasive plants and will also improve access to the park for passive recreational activities.  Learn more about how a partnership with McHenry County Conservation District and financial assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped to make this project possible. After the discussion, Kerry will lead a tour of the restoration area.

Steve Byers, Field Representative with the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, will also lead a walk through nearby Oakwood Hills Fen Nature Preserve. This fen wetland is fed by cool, mineral-rich spring water. The water comes out of the ground at about 50 degrees, keeping the springs flowing year round, and supporting specialized plants and animals that are adapted to these conditions. This tour is a great opportunity to learn more about one of the rarest types of wetlands in the U.S.

Co-sponsored by the Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition and the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County  Weblink

Wear comfortable walking shoes for the hike. For more information, call 815-338-0393 or send an e-mail to

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: LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
More in the next Downstream
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.
Our Annual: Conversations About Conservation With Our Legislators
Friday, September 23, 2011   9:30 AM - 1 PM
Registration and networking at 9:30am
Historic Kendall County Court House, 110 W. Madison St., Yorkville

Draft Agenda:
1. Welcome, introductions, overview of FREP and our activities
2. Keynote Speaker – State Representative Kay Hatcher, on Conservation in Illinois
3. Remarks – Jack Darin, Director of the Illinois Chapter of Sierra Club, updates on conservation issues and legislation
    that Sierra Club is tracking locally, in Illinois, and nationally.
4. Q&A Panel with all Representatives and Senators.

State senators and representatives from the watershed are being invited to attend.

Please plan on joining 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 our representatives, ask questions, and let them know how their votes impact you.

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.
Final details will be shared in our September issue of the Downstream.

Mark this on your calendars and we will ask for RSVPs (to help with planning and setup) in our September issue of Downstream.
Are you interested in participating in our Government Relations Committee and learning more about current environmental legislation?  Please contact Katie Parkhurst at 847-658-4184 or
Special Invasive Plants Workshop
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 1 - 3 PM     St. Charles

Invasive Plants: Nature's Troublemakers
Learn how to identify invasive plants that take over our yards, woods, and nature preserves - crowding out the native plants that provide habitat for birds and animals.
Instructor: Cathy McGlynn, Coordinator, Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership   Website

Co-hosted by FREP & St. Charles Park District

St. Charles Park District's new Discovery Center
3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles  60175
Take Rt. 64 west out of St. Charles, at the Y, bear left onto Campton Hills Road (it is also called Dr. in map programs).
The Discover Center will be on your left, past Peck Road.

This workshop is free. A reservation is appreciated to help us prepare.
Please RSVP to Becky Hoag at:
or call 630-482-9157
 Fox River Guide & Website
We are pleased to announce that The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River has been published and is now available at more than 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.
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, August 16, 2 PM
Sugar Grove Township Offices
54 Snow St., Sugar Grove

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

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
No meeting in August

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

Silver Creek & Sleepy Hollow Creek Watersheds Meeting
Monday, August 22, 1-3 PM
Prairieview Education Center
2112 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake
Hiking Tour of Silver Creek Conservation Area Immediately following the meeting
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, August 17, 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:
August 28
11am to 4pm
Heirloom Garden Show at Garfield Farm Museum
for GPS only: 3N016 Garfield Road, Campton Hills, IL 60175
5 miles west of Geneva off of Rt. 38

Garfield Farm Museum is looking for garden enthusiasts that would like to display and sell their favorite heirlooms at the museum’s 22nd annual show
Contact: 630 584-8485 or
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
November 5
4th Annual Bioneers Conference and Green Living Expo
McHenry Community College
Theme: “Journey to a Greener Tomorrow”
Keynote Speaker:  Bill Wilson, Director of Midwest Permaculture
Last year's conference provided an opportunity to share information, develop networks, and learn about new and innovative discoveries and technologies.  Approximately 200 people attended, and an additional 300 people walked through the Expo.

There is a current call for exhibitors.  Details at website:
Job Opportunity
Manager, Teacher Programs, Center for Teaching and Learning, Chicago Botanic Garden
Funding Opportunity
Grants from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Education
The IDNR Division of Education is working in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Illinois Conservation Foundation to expand the Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program. The maximum available funds per Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant application increased to $1,000! The Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program provides funds to establish or enhance wildlife habitat on the school grounds or other public place and is available to teachers, youth group leaders and nature center personnel. Butterfly gardens, rain gardens, prairie plots and wetlands are just some of the projects that qualify.
Click HERE for details
Other News/Information
The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center has created a new guide:
Aquatic Macroinvertebrates of Illinois

This supplement for the Illinois RiverWatch Program can now be shipped to you for a minimum donation of just $35. To receive your copy today, contact Nate Keener with your name and mailing address. Specify how many copies you would like, and he will send you an invoice. Once he receives your donation, he will ship your copy immediately. Please make checks payable to Lewis and Clark Community College for $35 and send to Nate Keener, 5800 Godfrey Road, HK-128, Godfrey, IL 62035. Questions? Contact him at 618-468-2782 or
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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