FREP E-Downstream
Monday, January 9, 2012                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 18, 2012  1 PM    Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
Algonquin Village Hall, 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin  Mapquest Link
                        please note: the Village Hall is located EAST of Randall Rd.  Google Maps wrongly locates it west of Randall Rd.

Slate of Officers for Annual Election:
President:  Katie Parkhurst, Village of Algonquin
          Vice President:  Kerry Leigh, Trustee, Village of Oakwood Hills
          Secretary:  Nancy Schumm, Schumm Consulting
          Treasurer:  Matt Bardol, Geosyntec Consultants

          Nominations will be accepted from the floor. Karen Miller, past president, is the nominations chair and
          has prepared this slate.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please email

          Minutes from the 11-16-11 Membership Meeting can be found HERE
Program:      Grant Writing 101    Details about the program HERE
Presenter:    Nancy Schumm, Schumm Consulting

                   Learn the basics of grantwriting. This program is designed to provide you with the tools needed to
                   identify potential grant opportunities, the information needed to successfully complete a grant
                   application and suggestions to make your application stronger. Click HERE for more details

                   This should be helpful to our members, especially those who will be pursuing a
                   grant from IEPA 319, which is the focus of our Feb. 15 Noon Network
February FREP Noon Network to focus on new Illinois EPA 319 Fox Watershed Grant Package for FY13
Wednesday, February 15, 2012  Noon - 1:30 PM
James "Pate" Philip State Park Auditorium        Hosted by Bartlett Park District
                   2054 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett 60103
                       Please note that some GPS systems get this location wrong, it is located WEST of Rt. 59 and EAST of Dunham Rd. & Rt. 25

Program:      Illinios EPA 319 Grant Workshop
Presenters:  Holly Hudson, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
                   Deanna Doohaluk, Hey & Associates and FREP Water Resources Committee Chair

FREP will be offering assistance in preparing a package of grant proposals for the Fox River watershed for the IEPA 319 Grant Program. This will be a workshop to help those who are interested in submitting a proposal.
More details will be posted soon on our 319 Grant Page

Come to our Grant Writing 101 program in January to learn or refresh your knowledge of the basics, and then come to this February program to learn about the opportunities and guidelines of a 319 Grant.

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. You are welcome to bring your lunch to the Noon Network programs. Reservations are not required.

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's Annual Membership Drive
THANK YOU to all who have responded to our annual membership drive.

If you need a receipt, please email Becky at
Final call for those who have not yet responded!
If you did not receive a statement in the mail, and/or are new to FREP membership, please visit our members' page for more information:  FREP Members Page   Members of the Executive Committee are making follow-ups to encourage support of those who have not yet responded. We hope you will support FREP with your membership.

NEW this year: Pay your FREP Membership Dues online via PayPal. Start with the Online Membership Form HERE, and after completing the form, you will be taken to the PayPal payment link.

DONATIONS: As a 501c3, FREP is also able to accept tax deductible donations. We appreciate any additional funds that are contributed to the partnership.  The online FREP Membership Form includes a place to indiciate donations and they can be paid via PayPal.
FREP Membership Roll, to date, for 2011-12
New this year, we are posting our renewing and new members on the FREP Membership 2011-12 Roll on our website, and share the current list with you here. There are links for those members who have websites.
Michael Ander, Friend, Sleepy Hollow
Paul Anderson, Friend, Geneva
Matt Bardol, Geosyntec Consultants
Barrington Area Conservation Trust
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Batavia Park District
Campton Historic Agricultural Lands, Inc./Garfield Farm
Campton Township
John Church, Friend, Oswego
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
The Conservation Foundation
DeKalb County Forest Preserve Commission
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
Engineering Resource Associates, Inc.
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Fox River Water Reclamation District, Elgin
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
Geneva Park District
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
Ted Gray, Living Waters Consultants
John Frerich, Friend, Batavia
Adam Hansberger, Alpine Landscape
Hey & Associates
Fred Houdek, Friend, Elburn
Holly Hudson, CMAP
Kane County Development & Community Services Dept
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Kendall County Forest Preserve District
Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Forest Preserve District
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
Kerry Leigh, Village of Oakwood Hills
Rob Linke, Friend, St. Charles
Julie Long, Friend, St. Charles
McHenry County Conservation District
McHenry County Conservation Foundation
North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
Oswegoland Park District
Jason Pettit, Friend, Aurora
Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.
Larry Rakunus, Friend, St. Charles
Nancy Schumm, Friend, Lake Barrington
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
Laura Stuart, Friend, Batavia
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
United City of Yorkville
Village of Algonquin
Village of Fox River Grove
Village of Lake Barrington
Village of Millbrook
Village of Oakwood Hills
Village of Oswego
Village of Port Barrington
Village of Sleepy Hollow
West Chicago Park District
Nancy Williamson & Steve Byers, Friends, Village of Lakewood Hills
Wills Burke Kelsey Associates
 Fox River Guide & Website
The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River is available at more than 100 distribution points along the Fox River and in the watershed. CLICK HERE to find out where you can pick up your FREE copy. You can also read the online version of The Citizen's Guide on the website HERE.

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.

This publication was produced by The Conservation Foundation and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership.
Watershed Planning
Watershed Planning 
After 18 months of work, this project has wrapped up with the development of three new watershed plans that have been submitted to IEPA.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), as the delegated authority for the region’s areawide water quality management plan, has an agreement with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to complete watershed-based plans within the Fox River Basin for 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 three watersheds HERE.
Watershed Planning Information:
Blackberry Creek Watershed Meeting 
Tuesday, March 20, 2012    2:00-4:00 PM, Location TBA
Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23   Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Meeting
Tuesday, March 27, 2012     2:00-4:00 PM, Location TBA
Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23    Webpage

Silver Creek & Sleepy Hollow Creek Watersheds
Wednesday, January 25, 2012    1 - 3 PM
Prairie View Education Center 2112 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake
If you are interested in learning more about the current plans of the newly established Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition to support plan implementation, please call: 815-338-0393 or email     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, January 18, 4:30 PM,
Judson University, Linder Tower, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Elgin, IL

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Meeting, Thursday, February 2, 2012, 2-4 PM, Location TBA

Spring Creek Watershed is creating a plan. Website
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:
January 17, 2012
6:30 - 8:45 PM
Elgin Alive Series presents:
Midwest Premiere showing of PBS' Designing Health Communities documentary
     Featuring the City of Elgin and Elgin High School       Flyer
Gail Borden Library, Elgin

Program Website
February 8, 2012
6 PM
The Conservation Foundation's Winter Membership & Awards Dinner
Wyndham Lisle Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle
Program:  Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Marc Miller, Director of IDNR

Brochure         Reservations/Fee Required
February 22-23, 2012 Urban Wetlands
Wisconsin Wetlands Association’s 17th Annual Conference
Lake Geneva, WI

Field trips to Turtle Valley Wildlife Area & the proposed Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge

Special Session:  Biologists Without Borders
This session will highlight collaborative efforts to address ecological and biological needs across political boundaries (e.g. county and state lines) to promote effective protection, restoration, and management of wetlands and associated ecosystems.

Registration/Fee       Website        Online Registration
April 5, 2012
Annual Northeastern Illinois Envirothon
Danada House, Wheaton     Link to Details at KDSWCD
Friday & Saturday
May 4 & 5, 2012
Elgin's Green Expo -- Watershed Wanderings
A program designed to update legislators, municipal boards and staff, engineers, developers, and citizens about the Fox River Watershed, its threats, and proposed projects to restore the watershed.

Funding Opportunities
USEPA Requests Proposals for Urban Waters Small Grants
EPA will award at least $1.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The goal of the urban waters small grants are to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents.
Examples of projects eligible for funding include:
  Education and training for water quality improvement or green infrastructure jobs
  Public education about ways to reduce water pollution
  Local water quality monitoring programs
  Engaging diverse stakeholders to develop local watershed plans
  Innovative projects that promote local water quality and community revitalization goals

Information about urban waters small grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at Questions can be submitted in writing via e-mail to and addressed to Ji-Sun Yi, by January 16, 2012.
EPA expects to award the grants in Summer 2012

SCALE Grant from IEPA to support Stream Cleanups
It’s easy and with the SCALE grant from IEPA, you can get funding for supplies!  Stream clean ups are a great way to get your community involved and invested in improving water quality.  Pick a day, get some people together, and pick up some trash!   Details HERE

Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program     Application deadline: January 31, 2012
The Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Program provides funding for teachers to organize field trips to visit the natural wonders of Illinois. Teachers may apply for up to $500 to be used for transportation and substitute teacher costs. Complete instructions and application form are available HERE. 
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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