FREP E-Downstream
Tuesday, February 7, 2012                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
February FREP Noon Network: 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
Presenter:    Holly Hudson, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
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.

Details are posted on our 319 Grant Page    Also read the:  FREP 319 Grant Guide for FFY 2013
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2012  1 PM
Historic Kendall County Court House, 110 W. Madison St., Yorkville
Program:     Lower Fox Land Conservation Planning
Presenter:   John Church, The Conservation Foundation     

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
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
Crystal Lake Park District
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
River Corridor Foundation of 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
Witness Tree Native Landscapes, Inc.
Wills Burke Kelsey Associates
If you haven't paid 2011-12 Dues, please consider supporting FREP in this way.
Watershed Planning
A number of 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.
After 18 months of work, the CMAP Watershed Planning Project for Blackberry Creek and Ferson-Otter Creek watersheds (Lower Fox River, Kane and Kendall counties) and Sleepy Hollow Creek and Silver Creek watersheds (Upper Fox River, McHenry County) has wrapped up with the development of three new watershed plans that have been submitted to IEPA.

Read more about this CMAP/IEPA project and information about each of the three watersheds HERE.
Upcoming Watershed Meeting Dates:
 If no date is listed, please check the websites for future meeting date postings

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, February 29, 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
Tyler Creek Watershed  Meeting, Wednesday, February 15, 4:30 PM,     Webpages
Judson University, Linder Tower, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Elgin, IL

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Meeting TBA  Webpages

Spring Creek Watershed  Website
EPA Website that should be helpful to all the planners:  Healthy Watersheds
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.
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:
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 18, 2012
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Native Plant Seminar at Garfield Farm Museum
Donation/includes lunch      Email:          Website  
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
February 22, 2012
7 PM
Educational Seminar:  The Science of Septics         Flyer
Countryside School Multipurpose room, 205 W. County line Rd., Barrington Hills
(the southwest corner of Brinker Rd, and Lake Cook Rd.)
Presented by Spring Creek Watershed & Flint Creek Watershed Partnership
FREE, Open to the Public   
February 29, 2012
11 AM - 1 PM
The Center for Watershed Protection’s 2012 Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series, sponsored by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Topic: Retrofit This – A Guide to Retrofitting the World
Lake County Division of Transportation, 600 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville
Fee/includes lunch     Registration Required     Flyer for the whole 2012 Series
March 1-3 2012 Illinois Lakes Management Association (ILMA) 27th Annual Conference
Northern Illinois University, Holmes Student Center, DeKalb

Registration/Fee   Website
March 21, 2012
7 PM
Educational Seminar: Shorelines 101          Flyer
Countryside School Multipurpose room, 205 W. County line Rd., Barrington Hills
(the southwest corner of Brinker Rd, and Lake Cook Rd.)
Presented by Spring Creek Watershed & Flint Creek Watershed Partnership
FREE, Open to the Public    
April 5, 2012
Annual Northeastern Illinois Envirothon
Danada House, Wheaton     Link to Details at KDSWCD
April 21, 2012
11 AM - 4 PM
Earth Day Celebration
Prairie Education Center
12 Behan Road, Crystal Lake

CALL FOR EXIBITORS -- Deadline March 5th, Fee  Exhibitor Application
April 21, 2012
Earth Day and Annual Fox River Clean Sweep
 from Elgin to Aurora & points in between
 Sponsored by Sierra Club Water Sentinels, and many others    Website
More details here next month
Friday & Saturday
May 4 & 5, 2012
Elgin's Green Expo -- Watershed Wanderings       Website
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.
June 10, 2012
Annual Pedal-Paddle through the Prairie
Sponsored by McHenry County Conservation Foundation    Website

Funding Opportunities
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) DISASTER RECOVERY “IKE” PROGRAM
The funding priority for the Ike-Planning Program is for comprehensive planning on a local or regional basis in order to guide long term recovery and redevelopment.
Applicants may propose to:
(1) develop new plans (e.g., in areas where none exists or where existing plans are outdated, etc.),
(2) augment or update existing plans, or
(3) develop “actualization” or “execution” plans to help implement plans that have been recently established but have not yet had an impact on the landscape.
Deadline March 30, 2012    Application

American Water -  Environmental Grant Program
American Water’s environmental grants support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore and/or protect watersheds and community water supplies through partnerships. Project activities and outcomes should address a watershed or source water protection need in the local community within American Water service areas.
Deadline March 10, 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
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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