FREP E-Downstream
Friday, May 4, 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, 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
                 3020 North Park Drive, Oakwood Hills 60013
                   Website
Matt Bardol, P.E., CFM, CPESC, D.WRE and Rob Linke, P.E., CFM, members of FREP’s Executive Committee, will give a joint presentation highlighting what MS4 communities are, where they are in our watershed, what requirements/regulations they have to follow under the current NPDES Phase II regulations, and what changes are being proposed by USEPA/IEPA and how it will affect them when they renew their existing MS4 permits.

The presentation will also address how MS4 communities can interface with FREP to address many of the education & outreach requirements of NPDES Phase II and how FREP can serve as a network for Fox River Watershed communities to share their stormwater & floodplain experiences with each other to raise the local knowledge base of community staff & officials in the watershed.
FREP BYLAWS UPDATE
At the Membership Meeting we will be voting on updates to the FREP bylaws.  These revised bylaws can be reviewed
HERE
FREP Meeting Minutes can be found HERE.
 
FREP Annual Social
CougarsFriday, July 13, 2012
Annual FREP Social hosted by FREP's Recreation Committee
Kane County Cougars Game   6:30 PM
Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, west of Kirk Road, just south of Rt. 38, Geneva
Bring your family! $10/ticket for reserved seating
Reservation deadline June 14
Call or email Jason Pettit and then mail in the reservation
form with your check              FLYER/RESERVATION FORM
 
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, June 20, 2012   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Jelkes Creek Watershed
Presenter: Kelsey Musich, Resource Conservationist, CPESC Kane/DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District
Location: Otto Engineering
              3rd floor Oak meeting room
              11 West Main Carpentersville, IL 60110
Creek Monitoring
We will start with a presentation on streambank stabilization restoration projects from within the Jelkes Creek - Fox River watershed. Discussion will include case studies of 4 Winds Way and Carpentersville Creek projects. An update will be given on the watershed planning process and also two future projects will be mentioned. One of our first projects planned for implementation will be stream stabilization for the Village of Algonquin and the other will be an erosion control practice for a farm on the west side of the Fox River just off of Rt. 31.

There will then be a short drive or walk to Carpentersville Creek to see a stream restoration project that was completed in 2011. The lessons learned from this project will be highlighted in the presentation and the common mistakes in stream restoration design will be exposed.

Jelkes Creek Watershed Webpages
 
You are welcome to bring your lunch to the Noon Network programs. Reservations are not required.
 
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.
 
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.

Thank you to all who sent comments and letters of support to US Fish & Wildlife Service by the April 27, 2012 deadline. FREP also sent a letter of support. We will update you when USFWS announces its final decisions and plans.

Friends of Hackmatack Website
 
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
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
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 County Farm Bureau
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
FREP Annual Membership Drive
The new FREP fiscal year starts July 1, 2012. For the past few years the annual membership drive and mailing of dues statements was not conducted until September. The FREP Executive Committee discussed this timetable and determined that it would be best to send out notices in June, in advance of the new July 1 fiscal year, to enable better financial and budget planning. 

Please watch for your dues statements in June. We thank all of you who continue to support FREP through your dues and membership.

New this past year, there is an online membership form and dues can be paid via PayPal. We will be updating this form for FY13 and feature it in the June Downstream.
 
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 & 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
May 20, 2012
11 am - 4 pm
Garfield Farm Museum's 26th Annual Rare Breeds
Livestock & Poultry Show and Sale
Rt. 38, west of Geneva
The show highlights the need to preserve rare domesticated animals from extinction. It also provides Rare Breed enthusiasts with an opportunity to show off their favorite animals to the general public and to interact with other exhibitors and prospective buyers.   Website      FEE
Sunday
June 3, 2012
Mid-American Canoe & Kayak Race
St. Charles to Aurora and Batavia to Aurora, on the Fox River
Sponored by Fox Valley Park District     Website           FEE
Sunday
June 10, 2012
Annual Pedal-Paddle through the Prairie
Sponsored by McHenry County Conservation Foundation    Website            FEE
Friday
June 15, 2012
11:00 am-2:00 pm
Conservation Community Day for Algonquin
 Woods Creek Path
“Leave No Child Inside”         Website           FREE
Friday
July 13, 2012
6:30 pm
FREP goes to a Kane County Cougars Game
Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, west of Kirk Road, just south of Rt. 38, Geneva
$10/ticket  Bring your family!  Reserve by June 14

FLYER/RESERVATION FORM                FEE
Of Special Interest
Project WET - Worldwide Water Education     Website
Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
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.
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.
 
Funding Opportunities
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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