FREP E-Downstream
Friday, July 6, 2012                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Annual Social   ---   A few tickets left!
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

Call or email Jason Pettit if you are interested in one of the remaining tickets and
join us next Friday!    630-553-4131
                                    FLYER/RESERVATION FORM

If you ordered tickets, as per your request they will either be mailed or held at Will Call.
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, 2012  1 PM
Program:  Review of FREP's Strategic Plan
Location:  Kane County Farm Bureau
               2N710 Randall Road, St. Charles
Please join us as we review the Stragetic Plan created several years ago. We need your input to help FREP set priorities for the future which meet the needs our our members and the Fox River watershed community.

Facilitators will join us to assist with this process.

More details in the next Downstream.
Future Membership Meetings:
Wednesday, November 14, 2012  1 PM
Please note, meeting moved up one week to avoid
Thanksgiving week

Program:  TBA
Location:  TBA
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 Noon Network
Wednesday, August 15, 2012   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Jelkes Creek Watershed
Presenter: Resource Conservationist,
   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.
Future Noon Network:
Wednesday, October 17, 2012   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Blackberry Creek Dam Removal
Location: TBA
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
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   (773) 693-9200 x13
FREP Membership Drive for 2012-13 
The new FREP fiscal year started July 1, 2012
Dues statements and a membership form were sent out in June to current members.
We greatly appreciate the response we've already received to this campaign!
 Posted below are those who have already responsed.
The FREP Membership Roll for 2012-13 is also posted on our website HERE.
Links are provided for those members who have websites.
Michael Ander, Friend, Sleepy Hollow
Barrington Area Council of Governments
City of Elgin
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
John Church, Friend, Oswego
Dundee Township
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Fox River Water Reclamation District, Elgin
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
Geneva Park District
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
John Frerich, Friend, Batavia
Kendall County Forest Preserve District
Lake County Forest Preserve District
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
McHenry County Conservation District
McHenry County Conservation Foundation
Oswegoland Park District
Jason Pettit, Friend, Aurora
Larry Rakunus, Friend, St. Charles
River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
Village of Algonquin
Village of Millbrook
Village of Port Barrington
Village of Sleepy Hollow
Village of South Elgin
If you are new, were not previously a dues-paying member, or did not receive a statement, you can find the 2012-13 FREP Membership Form and membership information HERE.  Print a form, complete, and mail it in with your check. Or, you can complete our Online Membership Form and pay by PayPal HERE.
Annual membership fees:
Individual Membership for Private Citizens/Friends....... $ 25
Not-for-Profit Membership for Volunteer Organizations or Foundations....... $ 50
Business/Corporation/Agency Memberships for Units of Government, Business Associations and Agencies....... $ 100
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 

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:
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
July 28-29, 2012
Pre-Party 10 PM
Ride 12:01 AM
FINAL Chase the Moon Midnight Bike Ride
Presented by The Conservation Foundation
Registration Required. Fee   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
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 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   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