FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, October 31, 2012                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP ACTIVITIES
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, November 14, 2012   1 PM
Please note, this meeting was moved up one week to avoid Thanksgiving week

Location:
  South Elgin Parks & Recreation Facility
                1 W. State Street   Maplink
                South Elgin, IL 60177

We will be continuing the discussion of revising FREP's Strategic Plan and goals, which began at our very productive "Strategizing Our Future" meeting
on September 19. 
Here are some questions that we need to discuss. We hope you will be able to attend a provide your feedback and help us move FREP forward.
• Are we ready to pick a major project and do it? 
• Do we want to rework FREP committees to be more
   relevant and to work on specific projects? 
• How do we market FREP to get more members?
• What is the value of FREP membership?
• Do we need to have night or weekend meetings to
   reach out to a larger audience and more watershed
   residents?
• Is FREP’s mission statement and vision still relevant
   and do we still agree with it?
Note: FREP Executive Committee meets at 11 AM
 
Future Membership Meetings:
Wednesday, January 16, 2013  1 PM
Annual Meeting & Elections
Program:  TBA
Location:  Algonquin Village Hall
 
Are you interested in serving on FREP Executive Committee? Our elected officers are president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Committee chairs also serve on the Executive Committee. If you are interested in becoming a FREP officer or committee member, please email foxriverinfo@comcast.net or talk to one of our Executive Committee members. They are listed HERE
FREP Noon Network
For our December activity we encourage you to visit a local Green Drinks event. This one in Crystal Lake is very popular:

Green Drinks
McHenry County Green Drinks
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012     5-7 PM

Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen
110 N. Main St., Crystal Lake

The topic for December is: 
Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses and Residential Applications
 with Ethan Fackler, Lighting & Energy Management Specialist for CED - Chicagoland
Details on their webpage:  McHenry County


Green Drinks is an international organization of local groups meeting monthly to network about environmental issues. To learn more about Green Drinks visit these websites:
 Green Drinks International     Green Drinks Illinois

The following links are to groups in or near our watershed. Some may not be as active and have not listed a December date. We encourage you to watch for a date and visit one close to you in the near future, we know you'll enjoy it.
Batavia
Barrington
Elgin
Naperville
Northwest Suburban
Wheaton 
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.
Program Presentations Online:  Many past Noon Network and meeting program presentations can be found in pdf form on the FREP Website HERE.
FREP Meeting Minutes can be found HERE.
 
FREP Noon Network on Blackberry Creek Dam Removal
Our October 17th FREP Noon Network focused on the Blackberry Creek dam removal project in Yorkville. Our thanks to Yorkville Bristol Sanitary District for hosting the program at their facility. The dam is just across the road.

A special thank you to Loren A. Wobig, P.E., CFM Project Manager IDNR Water Resources, who traveled up from Springfield to tell us about this project and then take us on a tour.

This project to improve the Blackberry Creek's watershed and fish channel through dam removal and watershed mitigation includes the dam removal and channel restoration. It is a partnership between the IDNR and the Yorkville Bristol Sanitary District (YBSD) and utilizes some of the planning work completed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The city and county are the only partners in the project, due to their bridge replacement project which includes a temporary bypass structure as an initial component of their work.  The Yorkville Bristol Sanitary District is the primary partner in the project (YBSD dam and channel).  The improvement consists of the removal of the dam located just upstream of the Yorkville Bristol Sanitary District water treatment plant.

You can view Wobig's presentation HERE.
Blackberry Creek Dam


FREP Membership Drive for 2012-13 UPDATE  --  Have you paid your dues yet? Are you listed below?
The new FREP fiscal year started July 1, 2012
Dues statements and a membership form were sent out in June to current members.
We greatly appreciate the response we've already received to this campaign!
 Posted below are those who have already responsed to date.
The FREP Membership Roll for 2012-13 is also posted on our website HERE.
Links are provided for those members who have websites
Michael Ander, Friend, Sleepy Hollow
Barrington Area Conservation Trust
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Batavia Park District
Campton Historic Agricultural Lands, Inc./
  Garfield Farm
Campton Township
Cardno ENTRIX
City of Crystal Lake
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
John Church, Friend, Oswego
The Conservation Foundation
DeKalb County Forest Preserve Commission
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
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
John Frerich, Friend, Batavia
Geneva Park District
Geosyntec Consultants
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
Fred Houdek, Friend, Elburn
Holly Hudson, CMAP
Kane Co. Development & Community Services Dept.
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Kane County Farm Bureau
June & Steve Keibler, Dundee
Kendall County Forest Preserve District
Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Forest Preserve District
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
Rob Linke, Friend, St. Charles
Living Waters Consultants
Julie Long, Friend, St. Charles
McHenry County Conservation District
McHenry County Conservation Foundation
Oswegoland Park District
Jason Pettit, Friend, Aurora
Larry Rakunus, Friend, St. Charles
River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles
Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, Friend, Crystral Lake
Nancy Schumm, Friend, Lake Barrington
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
Jeannine Smith, Friend, Lake in the Hills
Laura Ross Stuart, Friend, Geneva
St. Charles Park District
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
United City of Yorkville
Shawn Van Kampen, Friend
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
Village of South Elgin
Nancy Williamson & Steve Byers, Friends,
  Village of Lakewood
Thank You to all who have responded to our 2012-13 Membership Drive!
If you are new, were not previously a dues-paying member, or did not receive a statement, you can find the 2012-13 FREP Membership Form and membership information HERE.  Print a form, complete, and mail it in with your check. Or, you can complete our Online Membership Form and pay by PayPal HERE.
Annual membership fees:
Individual Membership for Private Citizens/Friends....... $ 25
Not-for-Profit Membership for Volunteer Organizations or Foundations....... $ 50
Business/Corporation/Agency Memberships for Units of Government, Business Associations and Agencies....... $ 100
 
Watershed Planning
9 Lakes Project Patners
         Next Meeting:   Wednesday, November 28  
2 PM
Village of Port Barrington Village Hall
  9 Lakes TMDL Webpage
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) received Clean Water Act funds from Illinois EPA to facilitate the development of a watershed-based plan for the “9 Lakes Planning Area” in southwestern Lake and southeastern McHenry Counties.  The plan will utilize data and information that an ongoing TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) analysis will provide.

A TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still meet water quality standards, and an allocation of that load among the various sources of that pollutant.

The new planning process follows the completion of the Upper Fox River-Flint Creek Watershed TMDL Stage 1 Report.

Through the assessment of physical, chemical, and biological data collected by Illinois EPA and the Lake County Health Department – Lakes Management Unit, nine of the lakes in the planning area (as well as the section of the Fox River to which the planning area drains) have been found to not support certain of their designated uses (e.g., aquatic life, primary contact recreation) due to various causes of impairment including total phosphorus, total suspended solids, and fecal coliform. (See the 9 Lakes TMDL Implementation Planning – Fact Sheet)

The Stage 3 TMDL report, which is under development, will provide the load, or quantity, of the identified causes of pollution that can be allowed in each of the nine lakes and still meet water quality standards.   
The ultimate goal of the planning process is to determine where and which best management practices (BMPs) can best be implemented in order to reduce pollutant loads to the following nine lakes as well as the Fox River:

A. Cotton-Mutton Creek Watershed:  Island Lake, Woodland Lake, Lake Napa Suwe, Ozaukee Lake
B. Slocum Lake Drain - Fiddle Creek Watershed:  Slocum Lake
C. Tower Lake Drain:  Tower Lake, Lake Fairview, Timber Lake, Lake Barrington

Planning partners include the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, Lake County Health Department – Lakes Management Unit, FREP, and the 4 Lakes Initiative.  All community members who live, work, or play in these watersheds are invited to attend and participate in this unique planning opportunity.

FREP's role is to maintain a project webpage on the FREP website and to provide project updates through this Downstream newsletter.
 
Additional Watershed Planning & Activity:
A number of other Fox River subwatershed groups are in various stages of developing, completing, and implementing plans for their watersheds. FREP continues to be a central source of information for these activities and will post meeting dates and information, and news of new planning here in the Downstream and on our website HERE.
The following Watersheds are having regular meetings.
Please check the links for information about meeting dates:
9 Lakes TMDL Implementation Planning Project
  
Webpage

Tyler Creek Watershed
  Webpages

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Webpages
Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition 
  Webpage

Spring Creek Watershed  Website

Woods Creek Watershed Study Stakeholders   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: foxriverinfo@comcast.net
Tuesday
November 6
Election Day      YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
November 2-4
1st Annual Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted, Chicago. Join visionaries, innovators and environmental activists as we explore our most pressing environmental, economic and social challenges through the lens of the earth.  Headliners Vandana Shiva, Nina Simons, Richard Heinberg, Starhawk, John Edel and Jerry Wilhelm, plus over 60 workshops, skill shares, music, poetry and dance.  Youth and family activities. 
See www.bioneeerschicago.org for details and registration or call  773-556-3417.
Saturday
November 3
Annual Green Living Expo at McHenry County College   Website
Featuring eco-friendly vendors, prizes and more, the Green Living Expo is an excellent opportunity for area businesses and organizations to showcase green products and services and educate the public about sustainable practices.
This year’s theme is Our Green Transformation.
March 6, 2013 The Conservation Foundation hosts:
Beyond the Basics: It Takes a Community to Clean Stormwater
They are currently seeking sponsors & vendors  Info/Form
 
June 23-27, 2013 2013 International Conference on Ecology & Transportation
Scottsdale, AZ   Website
Of Special Interest
Fox River Study Group held its annual meeting on October 25. You can view their presentations, including one on Fox River Low Flow Monitoring, at this LINK
The Center for Watershed Protection’s 2012 Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
  Wednesday, December 12
  Sponsored by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission  $5/includes lunch
  Held at Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville       Flyer with Details
The final report for the Land Acquisition Planning for Lower Fox River Conservation Opportunity Area is now available HERE. This was a project of The Conservation Foundation.
Construction of the new Island Bridge is now complete and Geneva Park District has re-opene Island Park and Fox River Trail.  Website
The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River has been available at more than 100 distribution points along the Fox River and in the watershed, but now the supply is running out!  If you would like a copy, CLICK HERE to find out where you might still be able to pick up your FREE copy.  The online version of the Citizen's Guide will continue to be available HERE.

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 Fox.
 
Funding Opportunities
Environmental Education Regional Grants from EPA       Deadline November 19, 2012    Details
The purpose of the Environmental Education (EE) Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.
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
 
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

This newsletter is posted on the FREP Website on the Downstream Newsletter Archives Page