FREP E-Downstream
Monday, September 9, 2013                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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.

The Executive Committee will be meeting at 11 AM
Also enjoy seeing this beautiful new facility.

Creek Bend Nature Center features interpretive displays and hands-on exhibits. All the exhibits you loved at Tekakwitha Woods have been relocated here, including Prairie Ecology, with the bison and biodiversity components, and the ever-popular Clams-Eye View of the Fox River. There are separate rooms for classes and a lab. There’s something for any nature lover at Creek Bend Nature Center, from bird watching to guided nature hikes, nature programs and self-guided activities. 
Creek Bend House

Creek Bend Nature Center
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
Resources from the FREP Noon Network on Rain Gardens available
We had an excellent turnout for our FREP Noon Network on August 21, 2013, learning all about and visiting Elgin's Lord Street Basin CSO Green Infrastructure Retrofit Project.  Thank you Rob Linke, P.E., CFM Trotter & Associates, Inc., and Aaron Cosentino City of Elgin, for the great presentation.  A pdf of the presentation can be found HERE. Photos of the project can be seen HERE on our new Rain Garden Showcase page.
 
From our FREP President, Katie Parkhurst
FREP LogoAs the seasons change it is a good time to look at the change in our organization.  Elections will be held in January, please consider putting your hat in the ring to be our President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary. Or sign up to help with one of the committees.  Please suggest a program topic for a meeting presentation or a noon network. We love to see the success our members have with projects and to hear the lessons learned. Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions you have.

I would like to extend a big THANK YOU to Rob Linke and Jillian Goodlove from Trotter and Associates; Aaron Cosentino from the City of Elgin; and the Fox River Water Reclamation District for providing a wonderful noon network in August. To see the City of Elgin’s commitment to experimenting with rain gardens in the road parkways was encouraging. There is a great interest in this topic as shown by the large turnout. Therefore we have arranged for another rain garden presentation in November. Join us in Aurora to learn about their rain garden program. This month learn about Kane County’s Green Infrastructure program. I am encouraged to learn about the programs that municipalities and counties are implementing to be more watershed based. This shows that FREP’s hard work and education is starting to make a greater impact. We need to keep the pressure on to insure all these great plans are implemented.

                                                                                        Katie Parkhurst, Village of Algonquin
FREP Membership Roll for 2013-14
Thank you to all who have responded to our June dues statements.
77% of the amount of dues collected last year have been received.
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
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
Baxter & Woodman
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
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. - EEI
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
Hey & Associates
Holly Hudson, Friend, Elgin
Kane County Farm Bureau
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
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
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
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, October 23, 2-4 PM
Location: 
Viscount Hall, 2670 West Maple Ave, Slocum Lake
 
9 Lakes TMDL Webpage          
An Update on the 9 Lake TMDL Project:
Watershed planning “twists and turns” in the Upper Fox River Basin
By Tim Loftus, Ph.D.
Water Resource Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

Development of the 9 Lakes TMDL Implementation Plan is now in its second year. Stakeholders have met on a bimonthly basis and have been presented with one of the most comprehensive resource inventories ever prepared by CMAP. The planning area, approximately 29 square miles in southwestern Lake County (92%) and southeastern McHenry County (8%), has been subdivided into 14 units for purposes of modeling pollutant loads and more.

The thrust of the plan is to make recommendations that return nine lakes and Fiddle Creek to full support of their designated uses. Furthermore, the original intention was to produce recommendations that would implement a series of TMDLs that were to be developed by another Illinois EPA subcontractor. Following an apparently premature termination of the TMDLs contract, however, Illinois EPA requested that CMAP develop pollutant load reduction targets in addition to the more usual components expected of a watershed plan.

Our nine lakes of particular interest, plus Fiddle Creek, account for 10 of the 14 plan-area subunits. For example, eight of nine lakes have an aesthetic quality use impairment, two lakes are impaired for aquatic life, and total phosphorus is a probable cause of impairment for all nine lakes. The current draft of the plan includes annual pollutant loads for each subunit – chloride, nitrogen, phosphorus, total suspended solids, and bacteria – and thus far, estimates of phosphorus load reduction targets to achieve water quality standards. Two different models were used to generate these numbers and output from one was used as input to the other.  Additional modeling work remains.

Two of the lakes have also been 303(d) listed for primary contact recreation with fecal coliform deemed a probable cause of impairment. Thus, stakeholders are challenged to produce a suite of recommendations that will also return Tower Lake and Lake Barrington to full support of primary contact recreation (i.e., swimming). With sources of impairment deemed predominantly “unknown,” a combination of model output, local knowledge, and best professional judgment will be relied upon to identify types and locations for best management practices (i.e., plan recommendations.) The planning process is moving more fully into such a phase with most of the BMP identification expected to occur by year’s end.

Will the eventual suite of BMPs be sufficient for reducing pollutant loads and restoring local water quality? Please plan to participate in the discussions on October 23 and December 12.  The 9 Lakes team will also meet each of the first three months of 2014 as we prepare a draft plan for Illinois EPA, due April 1, 2014. The group effort is being led by Tim Loftus and Holly Hudson, both of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). They can be reached at 312.454.0400.
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.

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

 
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, Sept. 13
Saturday, Sept. 14
The Morton Arboretum Restoration Forum: Getting Ahead of Invasive Species
Everyone who restores natural areas must grapple with invasive plant species, from Japanese stiltgrass to Oriental bittersweet to birdsfoot trefoil. This two-day forum brings together restoration professionals and dedicated volunteer stewards from the Chicago region to learn and exchange practical information on weed management.
Thornhill Education Center, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
Friday, 9-4
Saturday, Field excursions at: Nachusa Grasslands, Springbrook Prairie, and
                                         The Morton Arboretum
FEE   Register  Flyer
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
September 21
1-4 PM
6th annual “It’s Our River Day” Celebration and Clean-up in Algonquin
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and the Village of Algonquin are sponsoring the 6th annual “It’s Our River Day” celebration and clean-up. The event will be held at Cornish Park in Downtown Algonquin at the intersection of South Harrison Street and Route 62 (at the dam).

It’s Our River Day, a statewide celebration, kicks off in Algonquin with speakers at 1:00 p.m., including a welcome by Village Trustee Jerry Glogowski.  Brief presentations will be given by a representative of the Jelkes Creek Watershed, and Cindy Skrukrud, Sierra Club.

There will be opportunities to meet representatives from different environmental and outdoor groups and to learn about their activities.

The Fox River clean-up begins at 2:00 p.m. The Illinois Water Trailkeepers from the Illinois Paddling Council and members from the Prairie State Canoeists will conduct an in-river clean-up between Cornish Park and Fox River Shores.

The Fox River Jeep Club will clean up Buffalo Park.  The Sierra Club will provide bags and gloves for the shoreline clean-up. Come celebrate the beautiful Fox River and help keep her clean while learning more about local environmental, conservation, and outdoor groups.

The event is free and open to the public. Groups are welcome.
October 1 or 2 Deicing Workshops:  Sensible salting practices for roads, parking lots and sidewalks
Presented by: Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, and Lake County Health Dept. & Division of Transportation
Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville, IL 60048

  October 1st    Roads
  October 2nd   Parking Lots & Sidewalks
 FEE  PDH Certificate     Register by Sept. 25    FLYER/Registration Form
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
The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River had been available at more than 100 distribution points along the Fox River and in the watershed, but now the supply is 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