FREP E-Downstream
Friday, July 5, 2013                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, August 21, 2013   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Elgin Parkways & Green Infrastructure Project
Presenters:  Rob Linke and Jillian Goodlove, design engineers from Trotter and Associates, Inc.
                   and Aaron Cosentino from the City of Elgin 
Location: Meet at Fox River Water Reclamation District Office, 1957 LaFox/Rt. 31, Elgin
              then take a tour of the nearby project
Attendees will tour several of the City of Elgin’s parkway rainElgin Parkway gardens installed in 2012 throughout the Lord Street neighborhood on the southwest side of the City.  This project was funded through the IEPA Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (IGIG) program and City of Elgin and is intended to intercept and infiltrate stormwater runoff before it enters the City’s combined sewer system. The reduction in stormwater runoff captured by these bioretention basins will help to reduce the frequency and volume of combined sewer overflows from the Lord Street CSO into the Fox River.

Rob Linke, Jillian Goodlove and Aaron Cosentino will provide an in-depth tour and discussion on this urban BMP-retrofit project.  Phase 2 will likely be under construction in August, so attendees can see both finished basins and basins in various stages of construction.

The event will kick-off from the Fox River Water Reclamation District’s main office at their west side plant (Route 31, mile south of Rt 20), which has a LEED-certified administrative building that features energy saving building design as well as stormwater BMPs such as bioretention basins and a permeable paver parking lot.  
 
Upcoming Noon Networks:

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.
                  
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.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013   1 PM
Program: Aurora Rain Garden Project
Location: Aurora City Hall
FREP Summer Social -  Kane County Cougars Game  -  Tickets still available - 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
Call him at 630-553-4131 or email jpettit@co.kendall.il.us

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 Noon Network
Wednesday, August 21, 2013   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Elgin Parkways & Green Infrastructure Project
Presenters:  Rob Linke and Jillian Goodlove, design engineers from Trotter and Associates, Inc.
                   and Aaron Cosentino from the City of Elgin 
Location: Meet at Fox River Water Reclamation District Office, 1957 LaFox/Rt. 31, Elgin
              then take a tour of the nearby project

Attendees will tour several of the City of Elgin’s parkway rainElgin Parkway gardens installed in 2012 throughout the Lord Street neighborhood on the southwest side of the City.  This project was funded through the IEPA Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant (IGIG) program and City of Elgin and is intended to intercept and infiltrate stormwater runoff before it enters the City’s combined sewer system. The reduction in stormwater runoff captured by these bioretention basins will help to reduce the frequency and volume of combined sewer overflows from the Lord Street CSO into the Fox River.

Rob Linke, Jillian Goodlove and Aaron Cosentino will provide an in-depth tour and discussion on this urban BMP-retrofit project.  Phase 2 will likely be under construction in August, so attendees can see both finished basins and basins in various stages of construction.

The event will kick-off from the Fox River Water Reclamation District’s main office at their west side plant (Route 31, mile south of Rt 20), which has a LEED-certified administrative building that features energy saving building design as well as stormwater BMPs such as bioretention basins and a permeable paver parking lot.  
 
Upcoming Noon Networks:

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.
                  
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.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013   1 PM
Program: Aurora Rain Garden Project
Location: Aurora City Hall
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 Council of Governments
Campton Historic Agricultural Lands, Inc./Garfield Farm
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
John Church, Friend, Oswego
The Conservation Foundation
Crystal Lake Park District
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
John Frerich, Friend, Batavia
Geneva Park District
Geosyntec Consultants
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
Kendall County Forest Preserve District
Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
Oswegoland Park District
Jason Pettit, Friend, Aurora
Larry Rakunus, Friend, St. Charles
River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles
Laura Ross Stuart, Friend, Geneva
St. Charles Park District
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
Village of Sleepy Hollow
Village of South Elgin
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, August 28, 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
Saturday, July 20
9:00 am – 3:00 PM
DO-IT-YOURSELF RAIN GARDENS
Morton Arboretum
Want to capture rainfall or make the most of a wet area in your landscape? Join Andrea Green of Gardens by Design to learn how to design, build, and plant a rain garden for your home! Discover how to combine water-loving perennials and shrubs to create eco-gorgeous rain gardens that seamlessly blend into traditional landscapes. See examples of native plants for wet areas on the ground of the Arboretum and create a sketch for your own garden. A box lunch is included in the price of the program.
Click here  or visit mortonarb.org/adults   Call: 630-719-2468
Email: Registrar-Ed@mortonarb.org   FEE
Thursday
July 25
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Stress Management in Urban Trees
Morton Arboretum

This field-based workshop is intended primarily for arborists, landscape contractors, and others who work with trees in a professional capacity. Topics will include common diseases and insect pests of trees and their management, abiotic tree stresses, issues associated with improper planting and pruning, stem decays and hazard trees, and more! In the classroom, we will cover major tree health issues affecting native and ornamental trees in urban and rural residential settings. Then we will then go outside to explore signs of stress in plants at the Arboretum.  Click HERE for details.   FEE
Saturday
September 21
It's Our River Day in Illinois
Recognized on the third Saturday in September, It’s Our River Day is an annual celebration of Illinois rivers. I encourage Illinois residents to celebrate the importance of our rivers by participating in activities and events that support education, conservation and recreation.   As chair of Illinois’ River Coordinating Councils, Lt. Governor Simon invites you to participate in It’s Our River Day by holding an event in your community that will  help educate Illinois residents about the importance of protecting and preserving our rivers for future generations. Past years’ events have included river clean-ups, canoe/kayaking trips, educational booths at festivals, fundraisers, recycling days and much more.

Please let Lt. Gov. Simon's office know if you will be organizing an event to celebrate It’s Our River Day by registering on our website:   http://www2qa.illinois.gov/ltgov/Pages/IORD2013.aspx.

The registration sheet is also attached to this email for your convenience.

River activities will be posted on our website. Please submit your registration sheet, or any questions, to Marc.Ayers@illinois.gov at your earliest convenience.   
 
Of Special Interest
The Kane County Chronicle has published a series of articles on the Rebirth on the Fox River
"Fox fishing rebounds, leads river recreational renaissance
They can be accessed HERE  There is a fee to access
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:   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

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