FREP E-Downstream
Monday, November 11, 2013                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, November 20, 2013   1 PM             The Executive Committee will be meeting at 11 AM
Location: Aurora City Hall, 5th Floor
              44 E Downer Place, Aurora, Illinois     MAP

Ample free parking is available on the street. A free lot is located 1 block south of city hall on Water Street.

Program: Aurora Rain Garden Project       Eric Schoeny, City of Aurora

Like many older communities Aurora is mandated by the IEPA to treat the stormwater runoff that enters the Fox River. Water quality data from Aurora’s separate and combined sewer outfalls have shown that conventional grey infrastructure alone is not the answer to improving the water quality of our river.

Aurora has discovered that green infrastructure can be a cost effective part of it's stormwater management efforts. Eric Schoeny a licensed civil engineer, has spent 20 years working on Aurora's storm sewer system. He now leads the city's efforts in using green infrastructure to help meet the IEPA's water quality standards.

Eric will present a number of successful green infrastructure projects completed in Aurora and give an overview of the planning of 28 new rain gardens which will be installed in Aurora
next spring. This project will be completed with the assistance  of a $1.45 million IGIG grant.

The city's new Downer Place rain gardens are a short walk from City Hall.
December activity
There will not be a FREP Noon Network in December. However, we encourage everyone in the area to visit the monthly event:

Crystal Lake Green Drinks
Wednesday, December 4th, 5-7 PM

at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen
110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake

Dave from Crystal Lake Health Foods Store will be on hand to talk about Healthy Holidays, focusing on stress and digestion-- something folks will probably need!

Head upstairs at Duke’s for info and inspiration, business and pleasure. Come talk about “greening” the future with others.
Preset drink menu includes fun, food and friends, info and inspiration, business and pleasure. Come talk about “greening” the future.

There is an information table set up, and you are welcome to bring information about your green products and services each month to share.  Additional parking is available at the train station.

To be added to their email list, send a note to:   Friend them on FaceBook
From our FREP President, Katie Parkhurst
FREP LogoI am not one to get overly sentimental with the holidays and the meaning of Thanksgiving. However, with two family members seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident this summer (they are both doing OK now), it got me thinking about all that I am thankful for. I truly believe in the power of nature for healing. During the summer when I was not at the hospital, taking care of my mother-in-law or at work, I would take my dog for a walk around town, in parks, and the local conservation district properties. I always found myself more relaxed, calm, and de-stressed during the walks and for quite a while after the walks.

As Thanksgiving approaches I encourage everyone to think about a few things you are thankful for this year. I am thankful for all the wonderful members of FREP. I welcome our new members, those that are returning to FREP and our long-standing members that keep FREP moving forward. We have reached our membership goal for this year!  I learn so much from all of you through our noon networks and meetings. I am thankful for the natural areas we are helping to preserve, restore, and the education that is shared so people understand the value of these areas.

Our noon network last month showed the value of partnerships to preserve a rare forested fen in Elgin. As we walked through the property, I was struck with how peaceful it was to be immersed in nature. The sound of I-90 was a constant hum of traffic noise; however, walking through the trees and only seeing the potential of this rare habitat allowed you to tune out life and the traffic noise. Our program in November is all about rain gardens in Aurora. They are bringing nature back into the built, urban environment, so we can all enjoy some natural beauty.

I thank you for being a member of the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership.  Happy Thanksgiving.    

                                                                                           Katie Parkhurst, Village of Algonquin
Upcoming Noon Networks:
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
  Looking for suggestions!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  Lower Fox Land Conservation Plan Update
               Site tour of the new Dayton Bluffs
               property, Ottawa
               Dan Lobbes and John Church
              The Conservation Foundation
Upcoming Meetings:
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Meeting & Annual Elections*
Crystal Lake City Hall
100 W. Woodstock Street
Fox River Study Group presentation:
Nutrient Reductions and Dam Removal in the Fox River: Developing an Implementation Plan to address Dissolved Oxygen and Algae Problems in the Fox River

*Note:  If you are interested in holding an office in FREP or otherwise participating in the FREP Executive Committee, please email and it will be passed on to the nominations committee, in preparation for our elections in January.

March 2014 Meeting:
We will not be holding a March meeting. Instead, we encourage everyone to attend the Fox River Summit. See below for details.

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.
FREP Meeting Minutes can be found HERE

Your suggestions for FREP Noon Networks are welcomed. 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 Noon Network 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. 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 at or near the project.

To arrange to host a FREP Noon Network, please contact Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, 630-482-9157
Fox River Summit 2014 Update
Please mark your calendars:
The 2nd Fox River Summit will be Friday, March 21, 2014 at Veteran's Terrace in Burlington, Wisconsin.

Last March many FREP members and watershed representatives enjoyed a first summit with our neighbors to the north, where the Illinois Fox River begins.  It was a great event and attendees agreed that these gatherings should be continued. The Wisconsin planners had funding for a second event, so it was agreed that Wisconsin would host the second summit and the March 21st date was set.

FREP formed a special committee and is participating in the plans. If you have any questions or suggestions for the planners, please contact our Summit planning committee chair, Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller at

We will keep everyone up-to-date on the final plans here in the Downstream and on the FREP Website, and will let you know when registration for the 2nd Summit begins.

UPDATE on programming:  The Summit focus is:  Developing New Tools for the Watershed
Keynote speakers:
Lyn Crighton, Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation & Jill Hoffmann, Executive Director of the Upper White River Watershed Alliance, will discuss new social marketing tools to inform citizen’s and municipalities, share information, and ultimately to raise awareness and change attitudes and engage new behaviors to make a difference.
Other speakers:
• Scott R. Schutze, Kenosha County, has developed a really cool GIS flood modeling tool that he will present.
• Dr. Bruce A. Kingsbury,(Professor of Biology Director, IPFW Environmental Resources Center (ERC)) recently
  revised (second edition) a habitat management guidelines tool for amphibian and reptiles.
• Ezra Meyer, Water Resources Specialist, Clean Wisconsin, will present on the topic of “Chlorides in our waters”.
• Angie Tornes, National Park Service (Rivers & Trails Program; Hydropower Assistance Program) will speak on the National Water Trail System as well as the technical assistance her program can provide in helping communities develop water and land trails. 

Additional speakers and topics are still to be confirmed.
NEW Resources on our website
Our FREP Noon Network on October 16th on the Trout Park Forested Fen in Elgin had a great turnout and very informative presenetation and tour by Steve Byers, of the llinois Nature Preserves Commission.  The presentation can be found HERE

Program Presentations Online:
Many other past Noon Network and meeting presentations can be found in pdf form on the FREP Website HERE.
Fox River Study Group Update
The Fox River Study Group (FRSG) held its annual meeting on October 31, 2013 at Batavia City Hall. A great deal of important information was shared, reviewing the past phases of their work and an overview of the plans to move into the Phase IV Implementation.

In addition to reading the Update to the Fox River Valley Community - October 2013 HERE, you can view the annual meeting presentations at the links below:

Intro  Cindy Skrukrud, Chair, Fox River Study Group
Evaluations of Watershed Scenarios  Alena Bartosova, Illinois State Water Survey
Fox River Implementation Plan (FRIP) Overview   Rob Linke, Friends of the Fox River representative to FRSG

More information at the Fox River Study Group website.
FREP Membership Roll for 2013-14
Thank you to all who have responded to our June dues statements.
101% of the amount of dues collected last year has been received!
Help our membership to continue to grow.

You can pay your 2013-14 Dues using the online form  HERE   and pay by Credit Card via PayPal
The FREP Membership Roll for 2013-14 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
Baxter & Woodman
Campton Historic Agricultural Lands, Inc./
  Garfield Farm
Campton Township
John Church, Friend, Oswego
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
City of Aurora
City of Crystal Lake
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
City of Saint Charles
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
John Church, Friend, Oswego
The Conservation Foundation
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
Crystal Lake Park District
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. - EEI
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
Hey & Associates
Holly Hudson, Friend, Elgin
Kane County Farm Bureau
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
St. Charles Park District
Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, Friend, Crystral Lake
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
Laura Ross Stuart, Friend, Geneva
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
Witness Tree Native Landscapes, Inc.
There is an online membership form and link to make your payment through PayPal HERE
A printable/mailable form  HERE
Watershed Planning
9 Lakes Project Patners
            Meeting Info:   TBA
9 Lakes TMDL Webpage          
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.

9 Lakes TMDL Implementation Planning Project

Blackberry Creek Watershed  Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed   Webpage

Note:  Blackberry &  Ferson-Otter groups are
currently seeking input about setting meetings for October and potential topics to discuss.  Please contact Tara Neff at

Flint Creek Watershed Partnership  Website

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition  Webpage

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition

Spring Creek Watershed  Website

Tyler Creek Watershed  Webpages

Woods Creek Watershed Study Stakeholders Website

CMAP's Local Technical Assistance  (LTA) Program announced on November 7th that thirty-two new projects led by municipalities and nonprofits from across the seven-county metropolitan Chicago region will receive staff assistance or grants to support community-driven local implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan.

Many of the newest projects are in the Fox River Watershed: Algonquin; Barrington Hills; Campton Hills; Kane County; Oswego, Montgomery, Yorkville; South Elgin; Lake County Community Foundation; Pingree Grove; South Elgin; and Crystal Lake.

In its third year, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program has now sponsored 150 projects to help counties, municipalities, and nongovernmental organizations plan for increased livability, sustainability, and economic vitality. To promote implementation of community plans developed with prior CMAP support, many projects in the latest round build on plans originally developed through LTA.

Read about the program  HERE, including a full list and map of projects. For two years following the adoption an LTA-supported local plan, CMAP commits staff resources to help each community with implementation. A number of the new LTA awards take that assistance a step further.
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:
November 19
The Conservation Foundation's Fall Membership & Awards Dinner
Riverside Banquets, Geneva
Fee         Brochure/Reservation Form
December 11
7:30 AM - 12 Noon
Soil Health Seminar for Certified Crop Advisors, Farmers, & Agri-businesses
Kane County Farm Bureau, 2N710 Randall Rd St Charles, IL 60174
FEE   Brochure/Registration

Sponsored by: Soil and Water Conservation Districts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Illinois Extension Illinois Department of Agriculture
March 21, 2014
2nd Fox River Summit for Illinois & Wisconsin Fox River Stakeholders
Veteran's Terrace in Burlington, Wisconsin
Details to come
April 10, 2014
Annual Envirothon
Danada House, Wheaton
Details at:   Kane-Dupage Soil & Water Conservation District
           and North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
May 30 - June 2
River Rally
Pittsburgh, PA   Website
Sponsored by River Network & Waterkeeper Alliance
Of Special Interest
2013 Watershed & Stormwater Mangement Webcast Series from The Center for Watershed Protection is being hosted by the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission.
A series of live webcasts for public works, engineers and others on topics such as stormwater retrofits, stream restoration and other BMPs, and guidance on meeting NPDES Phase II requirements.
FREE, bring lunch. RSVP requested for each webcast.  For complete details and topics CLICK HERE
Dates are:    11/20       11 AM to 1 PM
The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River had been available at more than 100 distribution points along the Fox River and in the watershed, but now the supply is 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
Opportunity for a Health Impact Assessment to be performed for your Kane County community
County receives LTA grant to perform an HIA for a local municipality.

Kane County has been awarded a 2014 Local Technical Assistance (LTA) grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to prepare a health impact assessment (HIA) for a Kane County municipality!  Kane County will partner with CMAP to perform the HIA.

HIA is an emerging planning tool used to evaluate how a plan, program, or policy will affect the overall health of a population.  An HIA is designed to inform policy makers before a plan, program, or policy is adopted.  The top of study selected by the County and CMAP will be a municipal plan, policy, or program that directly implements objectives in CMAP's GO TO 2040 Plan and the Kane County 2040 Plan.

Interested in learning more about how your community can take advantage of this opportunity?  Come to the next KCPC workshop,  "Pathways to Healthier Communities"   Friday, November 15   8 a.m. to noon   Brewster Creek Forest Preserve.     View more information about the workshop here and the agenda here.

Please RSVP to Ellen Johnson if you plan to attend the workshop or if you are interested in the HIA opportunity:; (630)232-3493

Learn more about HIA and previous and potential applications at Health Impact Project.   
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    APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSES NOVEMBER 30th!  Funds available Feb. 1st
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