FREP E-Downstream
Friday, February 1, 2013                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
SPECIAL INVITATION TO A SUMMIT IN WISCONSIN:
Friday, March 22, 2013
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The Southeast Fox River Partnership (WI) hosts:


Fox River Summit: Celebrating Success & Addressing Challenges
Veterans Terrace at Echo Park
Burlington, Wisconsin

Registration limited  $35/fee includes lunch     FLYER
Registration Deadline:  March 11
This Summit is a forum to establish a linkage between the interests of Wisconsin and Illinois for the sustainable use, management and protection of our shared water resources within the Fox River watershed. The program highlights issues of concern – current and emerging – in both states, including a look at several efforts addressing watershed issues today and opportunities to plan for future action.

Dr. Jerome Delli Priscoli, US Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources, will be the keynote speaker to help provide insight and guidance on the role and function of river basin organizations in achieving equitable governance of this common resource.
 
Meeting objectives:

• Re-establish the Southeast Fox River Partnership and develop a framework to support ongoing watershed protection.
• Begin a dialogue on shared challenges concerning recreation, economics, sustainable flows, surface water/groundwater interactions, sediment and ecosystem services.
• Develop relationships/build trust among the watershed's Illinois and Wisconsin stakeholders.
• Identify commonalities, project successes and future challenges facing communities within the watershed.
• Create a Declaration of Partnership on key issues between Wisconsin and Illinois.
FREP President Katie Parkhurst will be making a presentation about FREP at this summit.
Anyone in the Illinois Fox Watershed interested in this effort should be sure and attend this unique event, providing a new opportunity for us to connect and work with our Wisconsin neighbors upstream.
 
A FOX RIVER DECLARATION The formal output of this meeting will be a Declaration of Partnership between stakeholders within the River basin. This document is intended to highlight shared interests, concerns and commitments including the importance of the Fox River to both states, and the challenges the river faces as both a natural system and a working waterway. It forms a platform for further legislative and community-based actions. Your perspectives on integrating needs and demands across multiple jurisdictions are especially valuable in focusing our discussions and guiding our future efforts and direction.

Interested persons are invited to submit statements of concerns or issues for inclusion in the formulation of this declaration to andrew.yencha@ces.uwex.edu

Submissions will be summarized in a document that will be distributed at the Summit.

CLICK HERE to view the declaration adopted at the 14th World Lake Conference.
FREP Activties
  Please join us this month for:
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
**Please note - we are starting 1/2 hour later than usual**
Garfield Farm
Program: Local Farms = Local Foods
Presenters:
  Janice Hill, Executive Planner and Farmland Protection
                 Manager, Kane County
  Jackie Forbes, Kane County Health Planner
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
Janice and Jackie will present Kane County’s efforts to expand farmland protection into a broader context of increasing local food production.  Jackie and Janice will provide updates to the county’s latest efforts in Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and  work with CMAP on urban agriculture.

Jerome Johnson, Executive Director of Garfield Farm Museum, will also share information about his historic farm complex and upcoming activities being held there.
 
Future Noon Networks
Wednesday, April 17, 2013   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Celebration at Johnson's Mound Savanna
               Led by Drew Ullberg, FPD of Kane Co.
Location: Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve
               Hughes Road, approximately 1 mile west
               of Fabyan Parkway
               Blackberry Township, Elburn
FREP members and friends are invited to help District staff plant pot grown trees and talk about the preserve’s local and regional ecological importance.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Flint Creek Streambank Flood Plan Restoration Project
Location: North Barrington
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 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 near the project.

Noon Network still needing programs are:
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
FREP Annual Conversations About Conservation With Our Legislators
Please mark your calendars for this annual event, scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2013.  11 AM - 1 PM
The location and featured speakers will be finalized soon. We are pleased that Jack Darin of Sierra Club-Illinois will once again be able to join us and share key information about current environmental legislative issues.

We are looking for a location in the central watershed/Kane County for this event. If you are interested in hosting, please let us know. We need a room large enough for 40-50 people with tables and chairs, and a kitchenette nearby, as we end with a light lunch.

Note:  We will not be holding a FREP Membership Meeting in March. This will take its place.
 
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
Program Presentations Online:
Many past Noon Network and meeting program presentations can be found in pdf form on the FREP Website HERE.

The presentation from our January 16th program:
Lake Michigan Water Allocation and Impacts to the Fox River
by Dr. John Jansen of Cardno Entrix
is now posted on our presentations page HERE

We had a tremendous turnout for this program and we thank all who participated.

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.
Bill Donnell, Friend, Aurora
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:   February 27, 2013           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.
 
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
Wednesday
February 13, 2013
11 AM - 1 PM
Center for Watershed Protection Webcast Series
Hosted by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Lose 10 Pounds of Pollution Without (Structural) BMPs --the Joys of Good Housekeeping
Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville
FREE   RSVP     1 CEC/2 PDHs per webcast   
View info about this and the whole 2013 series  HERE
Saturday
February 16, 2013
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Garfield Farm Museum hosts 27th Annual Native Plant Management Seminar
LINK   FEE
From backyard gardeners, home owner associations to owners of natural area acreage, this seminar covers all the key methods and techniques of preserving and using the best adapted plants for the Illinois environment. Experts Roy Diblik, Conner Shaw and Jerome Johnson will help explain the best techniques and methods to increase and maintain native plants communities.
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
Sunday
May 5, 2013
2 PM
Free Guided Nature Walk at Dixie Briggs Fromm State Nature Preserve
Starting from Eastmoor Lane, Alonguin

You will be walking on mown trails with six Aldo Leopold benches to rest on. There are 5 bridges across Dixie Creek. The walk includes passing a Sedge Meadow and a wooded area with Black Locust trees. You guide will point out items of interest along the walk which normally takes between 1.5 and 2 hours. Come and enjoy the start of another of Mother Nature’s inspirational annual displays. This property was saved from development by Dundee Township Open Space Department, acquiring it from the heirs of local farmer Dixie Briggs Fromm.

This event will be featured in the April Downstream.
June 23-27, 2013 2013 International Conference on Ecology & Transportation
Scottsdale, AZ   Website
Of Special Interest
Lake County Strategic Plan Community Forums
A series of community forums are being hosted in February and March.  CLICK HERE for details
Center for Watershed Protection Runoff Rundown Newsletter  Winter 2013
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District's Spring Tree & Fish Sale information is now posted HERE
Order deadlines in late March and early April.
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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