FREP E-Downstream
Tuesday, August 7, 2012                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
Please join us for our August & September activities:
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, 2012  12 Noon
    Note Time Change
Program:  Review of FREP's Strategic Plan
Location:  Kane County Farm Bureau
               2N710 Randall Road, St. Charles
Please join us as we review the Strategic 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.

We are pleased to have the services facilitators Gail Johnson and Pam Parr of Face to Face Communications and Training, who will be present to assist with this process. 

You are welcome to bring your lunch to this meeting.
Future Membership Meetings:
Wednesday, November 14, 2012  1 PM
Please note, meeting moved up one week to avoid
Thanksgiving week

Program:  TBA
Location:  TBA
Future Noon Network:
Wednesday, October 17, 2012   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Blackberry Creek Dam Removal
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: Candice Jacobs, Resource Conservationist,
    Kane/DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District
Location: Otto Engineering
              3rd floor Oak Meeting Room in the
              11 West Main Building
              Carpentersville, IL 60110    Maplink
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.
EPA 319 Grants FFY13 for the Fox Watershed UPDATE
319 grant applications for the FY13 cycle were due at Illinois EPA’s Springfield headquarters on August 1, 2012.  
If you would like your 319 grant application to be included by FREP’s Water Resources Committee in a review and submittal of a letter of recommendation to Illinois EPA, please submit an electronic copy of your final application, including attachments by Wednesday, August 8, 2012
to both Deanna Doohaluk 773-693-9200 x13
and Holly Hudson  312-386-8700
Details about the grant process are in this brochure: 
FREP 319 Grant Guide for FFY 2013
FREP Membership Drive for 2012-13 UPDATE
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
Batavia Park District
Campton Historic Agricultural Lands, Inc./
  Garfield Farm
Campton Township
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
John Church, Friend, Oswego
DeKalb County Forest Preserve Commission
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Fox River Water Reclamation District, Elgin
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
John Frerich, Friend, Batavia
Geneva Park District
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
Fred Houdek, Friend, Elburn
Holly Hudson, CMAP
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
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
Living Waters Consultants
Julie Long, Friend, St. Charles
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
United City of Yorkville
Shawn Van Kampen, Friend
Village of Algonquin
Village of Fox River Grove
Village of Lake Barrington
Village of Millbrook
Village of Oswego
Village of Port Barrington
Village of Sleepy Hollow
Village of South Elgin
Thank You to all who have already responded to our 2012-13 Membership Drive!
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
9 Lakes Project Patners
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) received Clean Water Act funds from Illinois EPA to facilitate the development of a watershed-based plan for the “9 Lakes Planning Area” in southwestern Lake and southeastern McHenry Counties.  The plan will utilize data and information that an ongoing TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) analysis will provide.

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 TMDL Stage 1 Report.

Through the assessment of physical, chemical, and biological data collected by Illinois EPA and the Lake County Health Department – Lakes Management Unit, nine of the lakes in the planning area (as well as the section of the Fox River to which the planning area drains) have been found to not support certain of their designated uses (e.g., aquatic life, primary contact recreation) due to various causes of impairment including total phosphorus, total suspended solids, and fecal coliform. (See the 9 Lakes TMDL Implementation Planning – Fact Sheet)

The Stage 3 TMDL report, which is under development, will provide the load, or quantity, of the identified causes of pollution that can be allowed in each of the nine lakes and still meet water quality standards.   
The ultimate goal of the planning process is to determine where and which best management practices (BMPs) can best be implemented in order to reduce pollutant loads to the following nine lakes as well as the Fox River:

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

Planning partners include the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, Lake County Health Department – Lakes Management Unit, FREP, and the 4 Lakes Initiative.  All community members who live, work, or play in these watersheds are invited to attend and participate in this unique planning opportunity.

FREP is maintaining a project webpage HERE
Additional Watershed Planning & Activity:
A number of other 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:
9 Lakes TMDL Implementation Planning Project

Tyler Creek Watershed

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:
August 25
6 PM Reception
7 PM Cruise
The Conservation Foundation 40th Anniversary Celebration
Fox River Paddlewheel Boat Cruise, Pottowatomie Park, St. Charles

Flyer     Fee   Reservations Required
September 16
Noon- 4 PM
The Conservation Foundation 40th Anniversary Celebration
Birthday Bash at McDonald Farm, Naperville

Flyer    FREE   Please register
November 2-4
1st Annual Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted, Chicago. Join visionaries, innovators and environmental activists as we explore our most pressing environmental, economic and social challenges through the lens of the earth.  Headliners Vandana Shiva, Nina Simons, Richard Heinberg, Starhawk, John Edel and Jerry Wilhelm, plus over 60 workshops, skill shares, music, poetry and dance.  Youth and family activities. 
See for details and registration or call  773-556-3417.
November 3
Annual Green Living Expo at McHenry County College   Website
Featuring eco-friendly vendors, prizes and more, the Green Living Expo is an excellent opportunity for area businesses and organizations to showcase green products and services and educate the public about sustainable practices.
This year’s theme is Our Green Transformation.  
They are currently seeking exhibitors. For more table information, please contact
Kristine Emrich at 815-479-7570,
or Caron Wenzel at 815-338-4716,
Of Special Interest
The Center for Watershed Protection’s 2012 Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
  August 15, October 24, December 12.
  Sponsored by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission  $5/includes lunch
  Held at Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville       Flyer with Details
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.

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