FREP E-Downstream
Tuesday, January 8, 2013                                                        Greetings from FREP!
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FREP ACTIVITIES
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 16, 2013   1 PM
Annual Meeting & Elections

Note:
FREP Executive Committee meets at 11 AM

Location: 
Crystal Lake City Hall Council Chambers
                100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake

Program:
                 
Lake Michigan Water Allocation
                  and Impacts to the Fox River

               Dr. John Jansen, Cardno Entrix
Dr. John JansenDr. Jansen will discuss water supply planning in the Fox River Valley in Illinois and Wisconsin and talk about the potential impact of more aggressive development of the sand and gravel aquifer on the base flows of the Fox River. This development is the most likely alternative to increasing the Lake Michigan diversions, which will be difficult under the Great Lakes Compact. Options to mitigate the potential impact by jointly using surface water and groundwater to balance supply and demand (Aquifer recharge and aquifer storage, etc.) will be presented. Dr. Jansen has been retained by communities involved in these issues including Waukesha, Wisconsin and Crystal Lake, Illinois.
Dr. John Jansen is a Senior Managing Hydrogeologist at Cardno ENTRIX with over 30 years of experience in his field; he has broad experience in groundwater resource development, engineering and environmental geophysics, groundwater modeling, and wellhead protection. He previously worked nationally as an independent groundwater consultant and as the senior geoscientist for an international well construction contractor. He has conducted over 200 ground water resource investigations throughout the United States and Mexico.

Dr. Jansen is the author of numerous publications and presentations on groundwater related topics including the borehole geophysics section in the third edition of Groundwater and Wells, and holds three patents on well rehabilitation, horizontal drilling, and in-situ radium treatment. Dr. Jansen has been an expert witness in several water resource cases. Recently, The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) announced Dr. Jansen as the recipient of the 2012 Keith E. Anderson Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Scientists and Engineers division of NGWA. Dr. Jansen has been actively involved with NGWA for 29 years, and served on the Board of Scientists and Engineers division from 2004 to 2007.

Dr. Jansen was the project manager and primary modeler to develop a regional groundwater model of the Troy Bedrock Valley Aquifer in southeastern Wisconsin. The model was funded by a consortium of municipal water utilities under the direction of the local regional planning agency. The model was designed to provide a common platform to assess surface water and groundwater impacts from a number of well fields planned as part of a regional water supply plan. The model is in the public domain and available to municipal water utilities, environmental groups, and the public to perform independent groundwater modeling for planning purposes and to evaluate potential environmental impacts of planned well fields.
FREP Noon Networks
Wednesday, February 20, 2013   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Local Foods
             Janice Hill, Kane County Development Dept.
Location: Garfield Farm Museum
              Garfield Road, LaFox
Garfield Farm is on Garfield Road just north of Illinois Route 38 between Geneva and Elburn, about 3 miles west of Randall Rd. From Rt. 38, turn north on Garfield Road and go about 1/4 mile to Burr House. Website
 
 
FUTURE NOON NETWORKS
We welcome your suggestions for FREP Noon Networks for 2013.  We feature projects, best management practices, and topics of interest to the FREP membership and general public, and move these programs around the watershed to reach a larger audience.

The programs are informal and often include a site tour of a project. They are publicized in the local papers and we often get interested people from the community who would like to find out more about a new environmental project in their community.

Please consider featuring a project in your community in the near future. We need a location where a group of approximately 20 can gather for the presentation. If a tour is involved, it is helpful to have this location near the project.

The Noon Network dates needing programs are:
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
To arrange to host a FREP Noon Network, please contact Becky Hoag, Communications Manager,
   630-482-9157   foxriverinfo@comcast.net
 
Future Membership Meetings:
March
Watch for the announcement of the date for our annual
Conversations About Conservation With Our Legislators

We move this program around the watershed and this year we will be in Kane County. We hope to have the date set to announce at our meeting on Jan. 16.
May, 15, 2013   TBA
July 2013   Annual FREP Social
 
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 Annual Meeting - Election of Officers
At our meeting on January 16 we will be voting to elect officers for 2013. The following slate of officers is proposed:

Katie Parkhurst, Village of Algonquin, President
Kerry Leigh, Village of Oakwood Hills, Vice President  
Jim Reuter, Village of South Elgin, Secretary  
Matt Bardol, Geosyntec Consultants, Treasurer

Nominations from the floor will also be accepted.  Please join us for this important meeting, and for the excellent program by Dr. Jansen which will follow.
 
FREP Membership Drive for 2012-13 UPDATE  --  Have you paid your dues yet? Are you listed below?
The new FREP fiscal year started July 1, 2012

We greatly appreciate the response we've received to this campaign!
 Posted below are those who have supported FREP through membership dues this year.
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
Applied Ecological Services
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 Crystal Lake
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
John Church, Friend, Oswego
The Conservation Foundation
DeKalb County Forest Preserve Commission
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership
Forest Preserve District of Kane 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
Geosyntec Consultants
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
Fred Houdek, Friend, Elburn
Holly Hudson, CMAP
Kane Co. Development & Community Services Dept.
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Kane County Farm Bureau
June & Steve Keibler, Dundee
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
Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, Friend, Crystral Lake
Nancy Schumm, Friend, Lake Barrington
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
Jeannine Smith, Friend, Lake in the Hills
Laura Ross Stuart, Friend, Geneva
St. Charles Park District
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
Nancy Williamson & Steve Byers, Friends,
  Village of Lakewood
Thank You to all who have 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, January 24, 2013            9 Lakes TMDL Webpage
2 PM                               
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.
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's role is to maintain a project webpage on the FREP website and to provide project updates through this Downstream newsletter.
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-Fox River Watershed Coalition 
NEW:  The Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Plan was approved by IEPA in December and the final plan and Executive Summary can be viewed HERE
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
Thursday
January 17
9 am - Noon
Learn About the Oakwood Hills Fen Buffer/Savanna Management, Enjoy a Bonfire, Lunch & Volunteer!
Flyer
March 13, 2013
8 AM - 4:30 PM
The Conservation Foundation hosts:
Beyond the Basics: It Takes a Community to Clean Stormwater
Woodridge
Fee      Flyer

 
Wednesday
April 9, 2013
Annual Northeastern Illinios Envirothon
Danada House, Wheaton
High School team competition
Details and team registration information at:
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
June 23-27, 2013 2013 International Conference on Ecology & Transportation
Scottsdale, AZ   Website
Of Special Interest
Importance of Water Symposium Videos Available Online
EPA is conducting a study on the importance of water in the U.S. economy to better understand how water contributes to the economic welfare of the nation and plays a critical role in many sectors of the U.S. economy. On December 4, EPA co-hosted a public symposium in Washington, D.C. with speakers that represent a diverse array of industries including agriculture, food and beverage production, manufacturing, recreation, tourism and fishing. EPA also released a draft report on the importance of water to the U.S. economy. Videos from the recorded webcast featuring the speakers are now available online. View the videos HERE.
Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides Now Available on Global Website
The human health benchmarks for pesticides, developed by EPA, were published in December 2012 to the Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances. LINK  The portal makes available to the public information on properties of chemicals such as: physical chemical characteristics, environmental fate, human toxicity, and ecotoxicity. Sponsored by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the site provides links to information developed by national, regional, and international government chemical review programs, making information on over 350 registered pesticides available globally.  In April 2012, EPA posted the human health benchmarks for pesticides, developed using the same methods used to calculate health advisories for drinking water and data that were peer-reviewed in EPA's pesticide registration process. The benchmarks can enable states, water systems and the public to better determine whether the detection of a pesticide in drinking water or source waters for drinking water may indicate a potential health risk. 
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 about out. The online version of the Citizen's Guide continues to be available HERE, along with a website full of information about how to help preserve our Fox River through your own actions.
 
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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