FREP E-Downstream
Tuesday, June 11, 2013                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, June 19, 2013   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Flint Creek Streambank Flood Plan Restoration Project
Presenter:  Nancy Schumm
Location: Village of North Barrington Hall, 111 Old Barrington Rd., North Barrington

Details of the project will be presented, followed by a tour of the project.
The Flint Creek Restoration project was started in 2008 with the publication of the Flint Creek Watershed Plan. The village of North Barrington wanted to 'do its part for the Flint Creek Watershed' and selected this area because it was identified in the plan as a high-priority project.  With the assistance of a section 319 IEPA grant and Lake County SMC grant, the Village hired Encap Inc. to complete the restoration of 1900 feet of streambank and nearly 1 acre of floodplain. What makes the project unusual is that it is a community run project, but is located on mostly private residential property.  The village has secured temporary construction and maintenance easements for the 10 property owners involved in the project.     
Flint Creek
Upcoming Noon Networks:

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
     Program: 
Elgin Parkways & Green Infrastructure Project
     Meet at Fox River Water Reclamation District Office, 1957 LaFox/Rt. 31, Elgin
     then take a tour of the nearby project


Wednesday, October 16, 2013
     Program: 
Trout Park Forested Fen, Elgin, Steve Byers
                   Meet at the old Fox River Country Day School, Elgin

Wednesday, February 19, 2014     Program:  Looking for suggestions!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014
     Program: 
Lower Fox Land Conservation Plan Update - site tour of the new Dayton Bluffs property, Ottawa
                   Dan Lobbes and John Church, The Conservation Foundation

In an unprecedented partnership between The Conservation Foundation and the City of Ottawa, a new natural area preserve will be established for the citizens of Ottawa, La Salle County and all of Illinois.  The Dayton Bluffs Preserve, consisting of 253 acres along the Fox River, will be purchased by The Conservation Foundation for $2.1 million and leased to the City of Ottawa, who will manage it as a public preserve.
                  
** See calendar below for a Dayton Bluffs fundraising event on June 22 **
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.


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.
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 18, 2013   1 PM
Program: Kane County Green Infrastructure Plan
Location: (The New) Creek Bend Nature Center, LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles

Chicago Wilderness, through a grant from Boeing, has funded technical assistance for the development of a Kane County Green Infrastructure Plan.  Karen Miller, Planner with the Kane County Development Department, will present information on the development of this Plan which is expected to be considered for adoption by the Kane County Board in September.
 
FREP Summer Social -  Kane County Cougars Game  -  PLEASE JOIN US!
CougarsFriday, July 19, 2013   Annual FREP Social
Kane County Cougars Game
Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, Kirk Road, Geneva

Gates open at 5:30 pm   Gametime is 6:30 pm

Instead of a meeting this month, the FREP Recreation Committee/Jason Pettit has again organized an outing to this Kane County Cougars game. The Cougars are now part of the Chicago Cubs organization, so this should be a great opportunity to see their new Class A minor league team up close.

Tickets:  $10 each, adult or child, reserved seating
Jason Pettit, FREP Recreation Committee Chair, is coordinating this outing and has a block of 30 tickets
Please reserve early and get your check to Jason,
to make sure you get tickets

Flyer/Reservation Form    Deadline is July 12 (first come/first served)

Bring your family and friends for this fun outing.  It is Disney Radio Night (costumes optional) and there will be fireworks afterward.  First 1500 through the gates receive a free rally towel.
FREP Membership Roll for 2013-14
Thank you to all who are responding to our June dues statements

You can pay your 2013-14 Dues using the online form  HERE
and paying by PayPal

 Posted below are those who have already responded to our 2013-14 Membership Drive.
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
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
Crystal Lake Park District
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
Witness Tree Native Landscapes, Inc.
FOR THOSE WISHING TO JOIN FREP:
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: Wednesday, June 26, 2-4 PM
Location TBA
Please check: 
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

Blackberry Creek Watershed 
Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed  
Webpage

Tyler Creek Watershed
  Webpages

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition 
 Webpage
Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition 
Webpage

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
Sunday
June 16, 2013
Noon - 4 PM
Garfield Farm Museum’s 1840’s Day
Visitors can discover what life was like over 160 years ago during Garfield Farm Museum’s 1840’s Day. The event offers children and adults the opportunity to learn about their rural heritage through guided tours and period demonstrations. 
Fee    Website
Friday
June 21, 2013
11 AM - 2 PM
Village of Algonquin's 11th Annual Conservation Community Day
Theme: Local Farms=Fresh Food=Better Health
Woods Creek Bike Path              Flyer     Website
Saturday
June 22, 2013
6-8 PM
Save Dayton Bluffs Fundraiser
Chicago Skydive, 3215 E 1969th Road, Ottawa
Enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar while watching planes take off and skydivers land!   Registration is limited to the first 100 guests.     Website

A partnership of The Conservation Foundation and the City of Ottawa has accomplished the preservation and establishment of a new natural area along the Fox River, the Dayton Bluffs Preserve.  The citizens of Ottawa, LaSalle County and all of Illinois will be able to experience these 253 acres of pristine wilderness, wooded ravines, diverse wildlife and native history along a one mile stretch of the beautiful Fox River.  Together The Conservation Foundation and the City of Ottawa have raised $2.1 million for the purchase of this ecological gem, and $35,000 for the site's restoration, but an additional $150,000 is needed for the restoration effort. 
 
Of Special Interest
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership has a new coordinator effective June 1: Kurt Thomsen, Ph.D., PG. Kurt is a Hydrogeologist who has worked on Barrington Area Council of Governments’ groundbreaking groundwater study the last twelve years which identified groundwater recharge areas in the watershed. He will now be applying his science to surface waters. FCWP is meeting at 11 am at North Barrington’s Village Hall before FREP’s Noon Network June 19. Patsy Mortimer is retiring after eight years as coordinator, but will continue to help with FCWP’s rain garden program and as a Citizens for Conservation board member.     Website
North Cook County SWCD Office has moved from Elgin to:
2358 Hassell Road Suite B Hoffman Estates, IL 60169   Ph: 847-885-8830   Fax: 847885-8843
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:   6/19, 9/18, 10/16, 11/20       11 AM to 1 PM
Illinois Riverwatcher Summer 2013 Issue  from The National Great Rivers Research & Education Center
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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