FREP E-Downstream
Friday, September 7, 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, September 19, 2012   12 Noon - 2:30 PM
    Note Time Change

Strategizing Our Future
Location:
  Kane County Farm Bureau
               2N710 Randall Road, St. Charles
                Enter building through glass door
                from rear parking lot - room to the right
LUNCH PROVIDED!

To assist with planning, Please RSVP to:
 rsvp@foxriverecosystem.org     
Please join us for a couple of hours on September 19th as we strategize our future!  We would love your input to help FREP determine its priorities and to assist you, our members, with meeting your needs as a Fox River watershed community or agency.

Facilitators from Face to Face Communications and Training, have graciously volunteered their time and expertise to assist us all with this process. Bring your colleages, as they have promised us a fun and productive afternoon!  We look forward to seeing you! 
 
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 Noon Network
Wednesday, October 17, 2012   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Blackberry Creek Dam Removal
Presenter: Loren A. Wobig, P.E., CFM Project Manager IDNR Water Resources
Location: Meeting Location in Yorkville TBA
A project to improve the Blackberry Creek's watershed and fish channel through dam removal and watershed mitigation was initiated this year. Partners in the project include Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Department of Transportation, Kendall County and the City of Yorkville.

The improvement consists of the removal of the dam located just upstream of the Yorkville Bristol Sanitary District water treatment plant.

The project will be described and then we will take a visit to the dam removal site.
Article about the project from the USACE Rockford District's Tower Times Magazine  April-May 2012
 
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.
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Approved!

SalazarOn August 15th Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar visited Illinois to announce that he has authorized the establishment of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. He was joined by Senator Dick Durbin, who has been instrumental in assisting with the process.

Also present at the event at Lost Valley Visitors Center at Glacial Park in Ringwood were many stakeholders from Illinois and southern Wisconsin who have been working to make Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge a reality.

The new refuge is part of the America's Great Outdoors Initiatives to enhance conservation efforts, foster outdoor recreation opportunities, create jobs, and fuel local economies.

What an honor it is to have this new refuge lie within our own Fox River watershed.

Link to Friends of Hackmatack Website for details
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 to date.
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 Conservation Trust
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Batavia Park District
Campton Historic Agricultural Lands, Inc./
  Garfield Farm
Campton Township
Cardno ENTRIX
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
Rob Linke, Friend, St. Charles
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
Nancy Schumm, Friend, Lake Barrington
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
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 Oakwood Hills
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
         Next Meeting:   Wednesday, September 26    1:30 - 3:30 PM
Ballroom,  Lake Barrington Shores Homeowners Association
Enter Main Gate on Rt. 59, just north of Miller Road, Lake Barrington Shores
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
  
Webpage

Tyler Creek Watershed
  Webpages

Jelkes Creek Watershed  Webpages
Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition 
  Webpage

Spring Creek Watershed  Website

Woods Creek Watershed Study Stakeholders   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
Saturday, September 8
9 AM
Garfield Farm Prairie Walk for the Family      Link
Fee
Saturday, September 15
1-4 PM
Algonquin's It's Our River Day Event           Flyer
Cornish Park, downtown Algonquin
Learn more about helping our waterways from local environmental and paddling groups
Sponsored by The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and The Village of Algonquin
Sunday,
September 16
Noon- 4 PM
The Conservation Foundation 40th Anniversary Celebration
Birthday Bash at McDonald Farm, Naperville

Flyer    FREE   Please register
Friday
October 5
9 AM -1:30 PM
Garfield Farm Student Harvest Day       Link
children will have the opportunity to connect with their rural heritage through period demonstrations of common farm activities, such as candle dipping, flailing wheat, shocking and shelling corn, and making apple cider.
Reservations Required  FEE 
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 www.bioneeerschicago.org for details and registration or call  773-556-3417.
Saturday
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, conferencecenter@mchenry.edu
or Caron Wenzel at 815-338-4716, cwenzel@blazing-star.com.
Of Special Interest
CMAP NEWS
CMAP recently kicked off work with the Village of Antioch to develop a Lifestyle Corridor plan to coordinate greenways with nearby land use and environmental features through their Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. Read more in an article from the Lake County News-Sun, which quotes CMAP's Jason Navota.

Recently the Village of Campton Hills voted to adopt its comprehensive plan, which was developed through the LTA program.
Fall Issue of River Watcher Newsletter
RiverWatch is a program of the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC). The Center aspires to be a leader in scholarly research, education and outreach related to the interconnectedness of large rivers, their floodplains and watersheds, and associated communities.    Website
The Center for Watershed Protection’s 2012 Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
  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
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
Environmental Education Regional Grants from EPA       Deadline November 19, 2012    Details
The purpose of the Environmental Education (EE) Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.
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

This newsletter is posted on the FREP Website on the Downstream Newsletter Archives Page