FREP E-Downstream
Thursday, March 8, 2012                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, March 21, 2012  1 PM
Historic Kendall County Court House,
                  110 W. Madison St., Yorkville
Program:     Lower Fox River Land Conservation Planning
Presenter:   John Church, The Conservation Foundation

The subject of our program is a voluntary planning project concentrating on land areas along the Lower Fox River (LFR) its tributaries and the LFR Conservation Opportunity Area (COA), an area identified as having important conservation value in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan. A strategic land conservation plan will be developed by a diverse group of local stakeholders in Kendall and LaSalle County, including private landowners, local municipalities, counties, agencies, and other groups to help them determine their priorities regarding natural resource protection. It may also enable some to qualify for potential funding by complying with the local and state plan. This strictly voluntary planning project is being led by the stakeholders with support from The Conservation Foundation.     
Lower Fox Bluffs 
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, April 18, 2012  Noon - 1:30 PM  
Norris Woods Creek Stabilization and
      Water Quality Improvement Project

Presenter: Denis Kania, Natural Resource Manager,
                St. Charles Park District

Meet first at Pottawatomie Community Center
   8 North Avenue, St. Charles, IL 60174
   We will then go to Norris Woods Nature Preserve
   for a walking tour (hiking shoes recommended!)
The St. Charles Park District stabilized the streambanks and streambed of a 1,700 foot segment of Norris Woods Creek, a tributary of the Fox River, located in the Norris Woods Nature Preserve in St. Charles Township, Kane County, Illinois.

The project also included reconfiguration of accumulated sediment in an on-line pond to facilitate installation of wetland plant species to slow and filter streamflow; reconfiguration of a basin located in the lower third of the project site into a vegetated swale to collect and filter runoff before discharging to the creek; and development and installation of two interpretive signs.

This project received EPA 319 Grant funding. 
<<< Photo  - Lower Fox River Bluffs

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.

EPA 319 Grants FFY13 for the Fox Watershed
FREP is organizing the submission of a package of grants to EPA 319 Grant Program for FFY13. FREP has helped coordinate and assist with grant submissions every two years for many years.

Since 1995, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has awarded over $8M in Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) Control Program “Section 319” funds to help support more than 55 implementation and planning projects valued at over $12M within the Fox River watershed. Individual project costs, including local match, have ranged from about $20K to nearly $2M.
An informational 319 Grant Workshop was presented at our Feburary 15, 2012 FREP Noon Network
CLICK HERE for a pdf of the Workshop Presentation.
Details about the grant process is in this brochure:  FREP 319 Grant Guide for FFY 2013
If you are interested in preparing a grant proposal and have questions, and/or would like to arrange for a technical assistance consultation, please contact:
Deanna Douhaluk
Chair, FREP Water Resources Committee
Hey and Associates   (773) 693-9200 x13 8755 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 835, Chicago, IL 60631
Grant Timeline
Feb 15 – July 25, 2012: Technical assistance available from FREP Water Resources Committee via phone, e-mail
March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20 2012: Technical assistance available from FREP Water Resources Committee members in person following the FREP Membership meetings and Noon Networks on these dates
Please request consultation in advance for these meetings OR arrange for another time
August 1, 2012: Final applications due at Illinois EPA by close of business
August 3, 2012: Electronic copy of final applications due to Chair of FREP Water Resources Committee
August 3 – 20, 2012: Review by FREP Water Resources Committee, comments submitted to Illinois EPA
Early 2013: Grant announcement by Illinois EPA
Mid 2013: Grant agreements signed with Illinois EPA
Visit our 319 Grant Page for more information and updates
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
June Keibler, Volunteers for Dundee Township
  Open Space
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
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
St. Charles Park District
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
Village of South Elgin
West Chicago Park District
Nancy Williamson & Steve Byers, Friends, Village of Lakewood Hills
Witness Tree Native Landscapes, Inc.
Wills Burke Kelsey Associates
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 and on our website HERE.
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 been completed and the three new watershed plans have been approved by IEPA. The plans are now posted on the FREP Website and can be accessed HERE.
Upcoming Watershed Meeting Dates:
 If no date is listed, please check the websites for future meeting date postings

Blackberry Creek Watershed Coalition

Tuesday, March 20, 2012    2:00-4:00 PM, Sugar Grove Community House, 2nd floor, 41 Main St., Sugar Grove
Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23   Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Coalition
Tuesday, March 27, 2012     2:00-4:00 PM, Pioneer Room, The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL  60120
Contact Tara Neff: 630-428-4500, Ext. 23    Webpage

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition
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, March 21, 4:30 PM,     Webpages
Judson University, Linder Tower, 2nd Floor Conference Room, Elgin, IL

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Meeting TBA  Webpages

Woods Creek Watershed Study Stakeholders   Website
Meeting, Tuesday, March 20, 9 - 11 am, Crystal Lake Park Dist., One East Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake

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:
Friday & Saturday
March 10 & 11, 2012
10 AM - 4 PM
55th annual Fox Valley Antiques Show
 to Benefit Garfield Farm Museum

Kane County Fair Grounds at 525 South Randall Road, St. Charles, Illinois   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    
Friday & Saturday
March 30 & 31, 2012
Lawn & Landscape Summit: Chicago 2012
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL
Sessions for professional and homeowners.  Topics include dealing with emerald ash borer, organic lawn maintenance, natural amendments for soil health, natural methods for gardening.   FEE   Registration   Website
April 5, 2012
Annual Northeastern Illinois Envirothon
Danada House, Wheaton     Link to Details at KDSWCD
April 13, 2012
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Natural Lawn Care and Sustainable Landscape Workshop
McHenry County Government Administration Building
Conference Rooms A, B & C, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL
FEE   Registration Flyer

Presented by Lawn to Lake, Chicago Metropolitan Agency For Planning, McHenry Co. Water Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Environmental Defenders of McHenry Co., Sierra Club, McHenry Co. Watershed Roundtable, Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition, Northern Regional Groundwater Protection Planning Committee
April 21, 2012
11 AM - 4 PM
Earth Day Celebration
Prairie Education Center
112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake
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
Of Special Interest
Illinois RiverWatcher Spring 2012 Issue
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

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.

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