FREP E-Downstream
Monday, August 12, 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 Parkway Rain Garden Project
Location:      Meet at Fox River Water Reclamation District Office, 1957 LaFox/Rt. 31, Elgin
                    Then take a tour of the nearby project
Presenters:   Rob Linke and Jillian Goodlove, design engineers from Trotter and Associates, Inc.
                    and Aaron Cosentino from the City of Elgin 
Attendees will tour several of the City of Elgin’s parkway rain 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. 
Elgin Parkway



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
   
Presenter Steve Byers, of the
                     Illinois Nature Preserves Commission
                 
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


Program Presentations Online:
Many past Noon Network and meeting program presentations can be found in pdf form on the FREP Website HERE.
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 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 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.
 
From our FREP President, Katie Parkhurst
FREP LogoThe value of FREP membership is tremendous for you as an individual and for your organization.  I have made and continue to make new contacts and friends with FREP members because we have similar interests.  My knowledge of what is happening in the watershed has expanded from my subwatershed viewpoint to the larger watershed.  I have learned about the benefits of dam removal, invasive plants, CSO, DO levels, BOD, impairments and more.

If you do not know what those things are, come find out, if you do know, you can share your knowledge.  FREP members range from those with science backgrounds to the homeowner who is interested in the stream near their house and everyone in between.

My organization has benefitted from my membership as I have made contacts with various consultants that know how to do watershed projects, seen firsthand the good and bad projects, learned about funding opportunities and established contacts that can guide us through projects or partner with for grant applications.  If you are not already a member, please consider joining today.

To get the most out of my membership I attend all the membership meetings and the noon networks as my schedule allows.  The noon networks provide an informal networking opportunity in addition to the educational component of seeing and learning about watershed projects.

I encourage you to become an active member, help out with a committee, attend the meetings and consider being an officer.  I look forward to seeing you on August 21st.

                                                                                        Katie Parkhurst, Village of Algonquin
FREP Membership Roll for 2013-14
Thank you to all who are responding to our June dues statements
We have received 70% of the amount of dues collected last year
If your name is not below, won't you please pay your dues today?  Help us reach 100%


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

 Posted below are those who have 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
Batavia Park District
Campton Historic Agricultural Lands, Inc./
  Garfield Farm
Campton Township
John Church, Friend, Oswego
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
City of Crystal Lake
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
John Church, Friend, Oswego
The Conservation Foundation
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
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 River Water Reclamation District, Elgin
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
John Frerich, Friend, Batavia
Geneva Park District
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
Hey & Associates
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Kendall County Forest Preserve District
Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Forest Preserve District
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
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
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
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: 
Wauconda Village Hall, 101 N. Main Street
 
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.
Many of 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
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 
Website
Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition  Webpage
Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition
 
  Webpage
Spring Creek Watershed  Website
Tyler Creek Watershed  Webpages
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
August 17
10 AM
Big Rock Campground Opening Celebration - Forest Preserve District of Kane County
46W499 Granart Road, Big Rock
FREE Picnic & Camping
Flyer     RSVP by Aug. 14 to 630-444-3064
Sunday
August 25
11 AM - 4 PM
Garfield Farm Museum’s 24th Annual Heirloom Garden Show
Garfield Road, north off of Rt. 38, LaFox
Fee   Website
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. 
Saturday
November 2
6th Annual Green Living Expo
McHenry County College     Website
 
Of Special Interest
Dayton Bluffs Purchase Official, Will Become New 253 Acre Preserve Along Fox River in Ottawa
The Conservation Foundation became the proud new owner of Dayton Bluffs, a 253-acre property of high natural value along the Fox River near Ottawa. The non-profit will establish the new Dayton Bluffs Preserve and is partnering with the City of Ottawa to give the public daily access to its woods, ravines, one mile of Fox River frontage and several sacred archaeological sites.  The Conservation Foundation purchased Dayton Bluffs from private landowners for $2 million and will be leasing it to the City of Ottawa who will manage it as a public preserve. The Conservation Foundation will own the land and be responsible for its initial restoration and long-term ecological management.  The City of Ottawa will be responsible for daily access, security and general maintenance.    Link
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

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