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Monday, March 18, 2013                                     Greetings from FREP!
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Dear Fox River Watershed Legislator and Staff,
This is the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership's Downstream E-Newsletter for the legislators who serve all or portions of the large Fox River watershed in Illinois.

The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership, established in 1997, is one of forty-one ecosystem partnerships in the State under the auspices of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and part of their Partners for Conservation (formerly C200.)  The Partnership’s territory is the entire Fox River Watershed in Illinois, covering 1,720 square miles situated within the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry and Will. FREP membership includes individuals, governments, organizations and businesses that meet regularly “to promote, preserve, protect and enhance the natural, cultural, economic and recreational resources of Illinois’ Fox River and its watershed.”
To increase our connection to the legislators who serve our watershed,
we invite you to join us on Friday, April 5.

This annual event is designed to engage in conversations about environmental issues
that affect our watershed, the state of Illinois, and beyond.
We extend an Invitation to our Legislative Focus Meeting
Friday, April 5, 2013
11 - 1 PM
The Lodge at Brewster Creek, Rt. 25, St. Charles
11:00 am     Check-in and Networking
11:15 am     Program:

                  •  Introductions
                  •  FREP Year In Review,  Katie Parkhurst, FREP President, Village of Algonquin
                  •  Presentation by Jack Darin, Director of the Illinois Chapter of Sierra Club:
                      Updates on Current Environmental Issues              
11:45 am     Q&A Panel Discussion
                  All of our attending legislators or staff representatives are invited to participate
                  in an open conversation about environmental issues, legislation, and issues that affect our watershed.

12:15 - 1 pm     Lunch and continued conversations and networking
We would be very pleased to have you participate in this special annual activity for our partnership.
Please RSVP to Becky Hoag, FREP Communications Manager, at 630/482-9157, or email her at
The Lodge at Brewster Creek, 6N921 Route 25, just north of St. Charles, is the former YWCA Camp Tu-Endie-Wei and is now part of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County

We thank the Forest Preserve District of Kane County for hosting this event
Other News of Interest:
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  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

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.  
Upcoming Noon Network
Wednesday, June 19, 2013   Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Flint Creek Streambank Flood Plan Restoration Project
Location: North Barrington
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
Watershed Planning
A number of 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 posts meeting dates and information, and news of new planning in the monthly Downstream e-newsletter 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

Tyler Creek Watershed

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 

Spring Creek Watershed  Website

Woods Creek Watershed Study Stakeholders Website
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
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
Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership    630-482-9157   Please Email me if you have an Email to add to our mailing list.