FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, March 13, 2013                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Legislative Focus Meeting
with guest speaker, Jack Darin, Sierra Club of Illinois

Friday, April 5      11 AM - 1 PM
The Lodge at Brewster Creek, Rt. 25, St. Charles
Our March membership meeting was moved to this date, to better enable legislators to join us. We are pleased to have Jack Darin, Director of Sierra Club-Illinois, share key information about current conservation and environmental legislative issues.

While we don't yet have legislators confirmed to attend, we look foward to the discussion we can have with Jack and focus on areas where FREP members can be more proactive. We will provide attendees with an updated list of legislators serving the Fox River Watershed, along with a list of discussion topics for you to raise when talking to your area representatives.

FREP President Katie Parkhurst will provide an overview of the Fox River Summit she is attending in Wisconsin on March 22 (see below).

Come check out this beautiful facility at Brewster Creek, now a part of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. A few years ago there was a successful dam removal project completed at Brewster Creek, when this facility was still the YMCA camp.

A light lunch will be provided.

RSVPs are appreciated to help in planning.
Please email:  foxriverinfo@comcast.net or call Becky Hoag at 630-482-9157
 
SPECIAL INVITATION TO THE
FOX RIVER 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: $35/fee includes lunch     FLYER

Registration Deadline has been extended  If you wish to atttend, please contact Tom Slawski at 414-520-4478 or email tslawski@sewrpc.org.  Then, mail in your reservation & check or bring check day of the event.
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.
FREP President Katie Parkhurst will be making a presentation about FREP at this summit.
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.
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 Noon Network
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.
Johnson's Mound
Officially THE first purchase of the newly formed Kane County Forest Preserve Commission, Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve was a humble 98 acres in 1926. Today the preserve covers 743 acres. Used for family reunions and LaFox community picnics well before it officially became a preserve,  Beeler’s Grove – as it was locally known --  has both a long ecological and local human history which when taken together add to the preserve’s site-wide appeal and importance.

Ecologically, “the Mound” is a glacial kame today dominated by mixed-mesophytic oak-hickory woodland containing dry-mesic forest and savanna components. Wetland, stream corridor and farm fields are also prevalent today across the vast preserve. The original 1838 Government Land Office maps of area indicated Johnson’s Mound was not wooded, but actually mapped within a vast prairie island. The site has well drained, gravelly soil that generally would not support a dense forest community, rather prairie, or black oak barrens.  

Detailed soils maps created by the USDA in the 1970s then revised in the late 1990s indicated wide bands of soils formed under prairie and savanna vegetation dominated the site. To more fully restore savanna conditions at the Mound woodland, staf run and contracted tree thinning operations commenced in 1996. Re-creation of oak savanna across open fields north of the Mound began here in 2007 and shall continue through 2014.  
 
Future Noon Networks
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 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.

This includes the recent presentations:

Lake Michigan Water Allocation and Impacts to the Fox River by Dr. John Jansen of Cardno Entrix

Local Farms = Local Foods
by Janice Hill & Jackie Forbes
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
FREP Membership Roll for 2012-13 
 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 responded to our 2012-13 Membership Drive

Our 2013-14 Membership Drive will begin in June, in advance of the start of our new FY on 7/1/13
Dues statements will be sent at this time
 
Watershed Planning
9 Lakes Project Patners
            Next Meeting:   April 24, 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
Friday
March 22, 2013
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
The Southeast Fox River Partnership (WI) hosts:
Fox River Summit: Celebrating Success & Addressing Challenges
Burlington, Wisconsin
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/agreed statement of key issues on important questions and/or Current & Emerging Issues between Wisconsin and Illinois.

Fee: $35     Flyer

Registration Deadline has been extended  If you wish to atttend, please contact Tom Slawski at 414-520-4478 or email tslawski@sewrpc.org.  Then, mail in your reservation & check or bring check day of the event.
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
Saturday
April 20, 2013
Earth Day 2013 Celebration
Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake
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
Illinois Riverwatcher  Spring 2013 Issue  from The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
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

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