FREP E-Downstream
Thursday, April 5, 2012                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP ACTIVITIES
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, April 18, 2012  Noon - 1:30 PM  
Program:
      
Norris Woods Creek Stabilization and
      Water Quality Improvement Project

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

Location: 
   
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!)
Norris Creek before
Above, Norris Creek erosion
Below, after the stabilization
Norris Woods
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. 
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 16, 2012  1 PM
Program:  FREP’s Role in Helping MS4 Communities
               Address NPDES Phase II Requirements
Presenters: Matt Bardol, P.E., CFM, CPESC, D.WRE
                 and Rob Linke, P.E., CFM
Location:   Village of Oakwood Hills Village Hall
                   Website

   
 
Future Dates
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Jelkes Creek Watershed
Location: Meeting site TBA
FREP Annual Picnic & Social Activity
July, 2012

Plans are in the works for a picnic combined with a Kane County Cougars Game
We will share details in our 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.

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.
Proposed Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge  **UPDATE**
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has completed their two-year study and have recommended that a new wildlife refuge be established on the Illinois-Wisconsin border! The Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge will be the closest refuge to the Chicago, Rockford,  and Milwaukee and metro areas, fitting nicely with the USFWS’s policy to establish refuges easily accessible to people living in urban areas.

The Fish & Wildlife Service is recommending refuge lands which would link with and expand on existing lands already protected by the McHenry County Conservation District (Illinois) and Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources in order to provide large blocks of habitat for prairie species like Dickcissel, Henslow's sparrow and short-eared owl, the savanna-loving red-headed woodpecker, and wetland-dependent species like pied-billed grebe and the federally endangered Whooping crane.

We are in full agreement with the USFWS, the landscape of the Hackmatack area IS a national treasure worth preserving for future generations! The proposed refuge will bring tourism, jobs and new economic opportunity to our region as well as providing new educational and recreational opportunities to the citizens of both states.

The USFWS is soliciting public input on the proposed refuge until April 27, 2012

Friends of Hackmatack Website

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Hackmatack Page - visit this page, read the details, and then provide your comments

Also, send your support via Sierra Club 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
ddoohaluk@heyassoc.com   (773) 693-9200 x13 8755 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 835, Chicago, IL 60631
IEPA - EPA
 
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 Membership Roll for 2011-12               THANK YOU, ALL! 
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
Cardno ENTRIX
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 following Watersheds are having regular meetings.
Please check the links for information about meeting dates:
Tyler Creek Watershed  Webpages

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Meeting TBA  Webpages

Woods Creek Watershed Study Stakeholders   Website

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition   Webpage

Spring Creek Watershed  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
Friday
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
Saturday
April 21, 2012
11 AM - 4 PM
Earth Day Celebration
Prairie Education Center
112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake
Saturday
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.
Sunday
June 10, 2012
Annual Pedal-Paddle through the Prairie
Sponsored by McHenry County Conservation Foundation    Website
Of Special Interest
From Geneva Park District:

Island Park Bridge Construction Requires Park Closure in June   The Geneva Park District received an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Grant to replace the north bridge at Island Park. Island Park and the Fox River Trail will remain open through June 11, 2012, with construction beginning and complete park closure on June 15, 2012, concluding in late fall 2012.   In the interest of safety, the construction will necessitate the re-routing of the Fox River Bike Trail as well as complete park closure, including the pavilion, playground and restrooms. Detour of the Fox River Trail will be clearly marked and a map of the detour is available online at www.genevaparks.org.
From the Illinois Environmental Council Newsletter:

Sustainable Funding for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Eight years of budget cuts have halved the IDNR budget. Efforts are underway to supplement the general revenue fund portions of the IDNR budget with user fees such as park entrance fees or passes and service or consulting fees related to department operations. State Representative Frank Mautino is leading negotiations on this effort, involving a huge number of interests, including Partners for Parks and Wildlife – a coalition of environmental, open space, hunting and fishing, and recreation advocates. Two bills have passed related to this effort, including HB404, which reduces IDNR’s statutorily mandated programs and HB5789, which allows IDNR to collect park entrance fees. IEC and our affiliates are actively involved with negotiation on this critical effort.
From Water Efficiency - The Journal for Water Resource Management:

Footprints and Funding
On the heels of World Water Day, a new report by Frost and Sullivan reveals that amidst “growing global concern about water quality and scarcity,” the reduction of water footprints at the corporate and industrial level is “emerging as a competitive tool for food and beverage manufacturers”   Full article
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 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.
RiverWatch Citizen Scientist Program - Spring Workshops HERE
 
Funding Opportunities
DEADLINE APRIL 6!  U.S. EPA Technical Assistance to Facilitate Green Infrastructure U.S. EPA is now accepting letters of interest from communities interested in receiving direct assistance for projects that facilitate the use of green infrastructure to protect water quality.  The total EPA assistance available through this RLI is approximately $950,000, and will be distributed among 10-20 projects.  The value of the assistance available to each project will be approximately $50,000 - $100,000. Letters of interest must be received by April 6, 2012.  
Website       Request for Letters of Interest (PDF)
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

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