FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, June 6, 2012                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP ACTIVITIES
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
June Activities
Because we've moved our June program to August, we'd like to suggest you attend one of these other events in the Watershed in June:
 
Friday, June 15, 2012
11:00 am-2:00 pm
Conservation Community Day for Algonquin
 Woods Creek Path
“Leave No Child Inside”        
Website           FREE
See how one of our watershed communities engages their community through this annual event.
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
3:00 pm

CMAP's Kickoff Meeting for their
9 Lakes TMDL Implementation Planning
Wauconda Village Hall
101 N. Main Street, Wauconda
CMAP has received a Clean Water Act grant from IEPA to develop a TMDL implementation plan for nine lakes in southwestern Lake County.

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, Stage 1 Final Report. A new TMDL document is expected this fall and will inform this planning process and the ultimate plan.

The overarching goal is to determine where best management practices can be implemented in order to reduce pollutant loads for the following lakes:

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

CMAP will be working in collaboration with the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, Lake County Health Department, FREP, and the 4 Lakes Initiative.

If you live or work in this section of the Fox Watershed, we encourage you to attend and participate.
FREP Noon Network
Please Note that the following Noon Network originally scheduled for June 20 has been moved to August
Wednesday, August 15, 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.
 
Next FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, 2012   1:00 PM
Location:  Kane County Farm Bureau, St. Charles

We will be discussing and reviewing FREP's Strategic Plan at this meeting and welcome everyone's participation and input.
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’s Role in Helping MS4 Communities  Address NPDES Phase II Requirements
Rob Linke gave an informative presentation at our May meeting about MS4 Communities and their NPDES Phase II Requirements.  The presentation can be viewed HERE.

MS4 is short for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  NPDES is National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

FREP will be adding a new page to the website soon with more information to help our MS4 communities in the Fox River watershed. We are happy to work with them to provide information and educational materials, suggest knowledgeable speakers, feature MS4 community projects at FREP meeting programs and Noon Networks, and connect them with others in the watershed working on stormwater, floodplain, and natural resource protection issues.
 
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
 
 Visit our 319 Grant Page for more information and updates
IEPA - EPA
Grant Timeline
Feb 15 – July 25, 2012: Technical assistance available from FREP Water Resources Committee via phone & email.
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
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
ddoohaluk@heyassoc.com   (773) 693-9200 x13
 
FREP Membership Drive for 2012-13 
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. 
Dues statements and a membership form are being sent out this week to the current members listed below.
We will greatly appreciate your continued support of FREP through your response to the
2012-13 FREP Membership Drive.
 The FREP Membership Roll for 2011-12 is posted below and on our website 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
 
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  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
Sunday
June 10, 2012
Annual Pedal-Paddle through the Prairie
Sponsored by McHenry County Conservation Foundation    Website            FEE
Same-day registrations available at the event
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
Summer Issue of Illinos RiverWatcher from the The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
View the newly adopted Kane County 2040 Plan HERE
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 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
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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