FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, January 8, 2014                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 15, 2014      1 PM 
Meeting & Annual Elections

Crystal Lake City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock Street

Fox River Study Group presentation:

Nutrient Reductions and Dam Removal in the Fox River: Developing an Implementation Plan to address Dissolved Oxygen and Algae Problems in the Fox River

The Executive Committee will meet at 11 AM

The proposed slate of officers is listed (right)
Nominations will be accepted from the floor
Votes are cast by members with dues paid for 2013-14
(see list of paid members below)
Slate of Officers for 2014

Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller
Kane-DuPage SWCD

Vice President:  Jeff Mengler
   Hey & Associates

Treasurer:  Matt Bardol
   Geosyntec Consultants

Secretary:  Jim Reuter
   South Elgin Parks and Recreation

Past President:
   Katie Parkhurst, Village of Algonquin
March 2014 Meeting:
We will not be holding a March meeting. Instead, we encourage everyone to attend the Fox River Summit in Burlington, Wisconsin on Friday, March 21, 2014. See more info below. Registration details coming soon.

From our FREP President, Katie Parkhurst
FREP LogoHappy New Year! We ring in the New Year with the successes we have accomplished in 2013 and the future looking bright for 2014.

In 2013, we had wonderful speakers educating us on Kane County’s Green Infrastructure Plan, Rain garden projects in Elgin and Aurora, Lake Michigan water allocations and impacts to the Fox River, Local Food movement, Flint Creek restoration, Trout Park Nature Preserve partnerships, Fox River Study Group’s work on nutrient reductions and many other great topics.  We joined efforts with Wisconsin to hold the first annual Fox River Summit to share ideas that are happening in the entire Fox River Watershed.  Our membership levels grew and FREP continues to evaluate how we can best serve our members.  FREP recognized sub-watershed groups that have prepared IEPA approved watershed plans by passing a resolution to acknowledge the group’s efforts.

My term as President is ending and I would like to take this final opportunity to thank you.  Thank you to our members who keep FREP a strong and a viable organization.  Thank you to Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, who keeps the website updated, the membership roster organized, writes and publishes the Downstream newsletter, coordinates all the meeting locations and speakers, and keeps FREP up and running behind the scenes.

Thank you to the executive committee who volunteers countless hours to line up speakers, help our members apply for grants, share their knowledge and expertise to restoration projects, sub-watershed groups and members. We have many wonderful speakers lined up for 2014.  We hope you will join us for as many meetings and noon networks as possible.  We look forward to seeing you at the Annual Meeting on January 15th.   

                                                                                           Katie Parkhurst, Village of Algonquin
Upcoming Noon Networks:
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
  Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicago work
                     with Forest Preserve District of Kane County

    Presented by Ben
Haberthur, Veterans Conservation Corps,
                         Forest Preserve District of Kane County
    Location:  Savannah Room, Creek Bend Nature Center,
                    LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles

The mission of the Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicagoland is to make a positive difference both in the lives of Chicagoland veterans, and in the landscapes in which they live. This two-fold mission is accomplished through hands-on engagement in the restoration of our degraded natural lands.  The work is rooted in a deep sense of patriotism, and the belief that a country worth risking our lives for is worth preserving for future generations.

   Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicago Facebook page

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

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 Noon Network 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 at or near the project.

To arrange to host a FREP Noon Network, please contact Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, 630-482-9157
Fox River Summit 2014 Update
Please mark your calendars:
The 2nd Fox River Summit will be Friday, March 21, 2014 at Veteran's Terrace in Burlington, Wisconsin.

Last March many FREP members and watershed representatives enjoyed a first summit with our neighbors to the north, where the Illinois Fox River begins.  It was a great event and attendees agreed that these gatherings should be continued. The Wisconsin planners had funding for a second event, so it was agreed that Wisconsin would host the second summit and the March 21st date was set.

FREP formed a special committee and is participating in the plans. If you have any questions or suggestions for the planners, please contact our Summit planning committee chair, Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller at

We will keep everyone up-to-date on the final plans here in the Downstream and on the FREP Website, and will let you know when registration for the 2nd Summit begins.

The Summit focus is:  Developing New Tools for the Watershed
Keynote speakers:
Lyn Crighton, Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation & Jill Hoffmann, Executive Director of the Upper White River Watershed Alliance, will discuss new social marketing tools to inform citizen’s and municipalities, share information, and ultimately to raise awareness and change attitudes and engage new behaviors to make a difference.
Other speakers:
• Scott R. Schutze, Kenosha County, has developed a really cool GIS flood modeling tool that he will present.
• Dr. Bruce A. Kingsbury,(Professor of Biology Director, IPFW Environmental Resources Center (ERC)) recently
  revised (second edition) a habitat management guidelines tool for amphibian and reptiles.
• Ezra Meyer, Water Resources Specialist, Clean Wisconsin, will present on the topic of “Chlorides in our waters”.
• Angie Tornes, National Park Service (Rivers & Trails Program; Hydropower Assistance Program) will speak on the National Water Trail System as well as the technical assistance her program can provide in helping communities develop water and land trails. 

Additional speakers and topics are currently being confirmed.
Resolutions of Support for Watershed-based Plans
FREP’s Executive Committee recently passed a resolution of support for each of the watershed-based plans completed to date for 13 subwatersheds within the Fox River Basin. These plans meet the “9 minimum elements” of a watershed-based plan as outlined by U.S. EPA for protecting threatened or impaired waters (found HERE) and which are thereby required by Illinois EPA for state approval of such plans.

The resolutions of support can be found on FREP’s Subwatersheds webpage for the following Illinois EPA-approved watershed-based plans (in alphabetical order with associated plan completion date):

•  Blackberry Creek Watershed Action Plan (December 2011)
•  Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed Plan (December 2011)
•  Fish Lake Drain Watershed Management Plan (September 2004, updated April 2008)
•  Flint Creek Watershed-Based Plan (December 2007)
•  Jelkes Creek – Fox River Watershed Action Plan (December 2012)
•  Nippersink Creek Watershed Plan (February 2008)
•  Poplar Creek Watershed Action Plan (July 2007)
•  Sequoit Creek Watershed Management Plan (July 2004)
•  Silver Creek and Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed Action Plan (December 2011)
•  Spring Creek Watershed-Based Plan (September 2012)
•  Squaw Creek Watershed Management Plan (May 2004)
•  Tyler Creek Watershed Plan (March 2008)
•  Woods Creek Watershed-Based Plan (January 2013)

For anyone within these watersheds applying for federal, state, or local grant or foundation funding or technical assistance to implement actions identified in these plans, the associated resolution of support is for your use in attaching to the application materials. And remember, FREP’s committee members are available to help with grant applications.   
FREP Membership Roll for 2013-14
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
Applied Ecological Services
Barrington Area Conservation Trust
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 Aurora
City of Batavia
City of Crystal Lake
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
City of Saint Charles
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
John Church, Friend, Oswego
The Conservation Foundation
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
Crystal Lake Park District
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Bill Donnell, Friend, Aurora
Dundee Township
ecology + vision, llc.
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 Development & Community Services
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
St. Charles Park District
Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, Friend, Crystral Lake
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
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.
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:   Thursday, January 30, 2014
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.

9 Lakes TMDL Implementation Planning Project

Blackberry Creek Watershed 

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed  
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition  Webpage

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition

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:
February 27, 2014
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District Annual Meeting, Program and Awards
Lunch at Noon  Program & Awards at 1 PM
Riverside Banquets, Geneva   Website
March 21, 2014
2nd Fox River Summit for Illinois & Wisconsin Fox River Stakeholders
Veteran's Terrace in Burlington, Wisconsin
Details to come
April 10, 2014
Annual Envirothon
Danada House, Wheaton
Details at:   Kane-Dupage Soil & Water Conservation District
           and North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
May 30 - June 2
River Rally
Pittsburgh, PA   Website
Sponsored by River Network & Waterkeeper Alliance
Of Special Interest
Thursday, January 23, 2014 -- Making DuPage a “Cool County” The DuPage Energy Summit is being co-sponsored by The Conservation Foundation and the DuPage County Green Government Council.
If you are intersted in seeing how DuPage County is addressing these issues, the program is free and will be held at the Hotel Arista (a LEED-certified hotel) in Naperville     Brochure
Center for Watershed Protection’s 2014 Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
Sponsored by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, held at facilities in Libertyville.
FREE - Bring your own lunch   RSVP for each one to Susan Vancil
1 CEC/2 PDH per webcast.
Flyer    Dates:  2/12; 3/12; 4/9; 5/14; 6/11; 9/10; 10/8; 11/12
The Army Corps of Engineers released its Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS), the congressionally mandated report on how to prevent the movement of aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, focusing on the Chicago Waterways.  Read the report HERE.
Funding Opportunities
Kane County Green Infrastructure Plan  To begin implementing the County's recently adopted 2040 Green Infrastructure Plan, the Kane County Planning Division seeks partners in its application to U.S. EPA for support of technical assistance to help implement green infrastructure to protect water quality and build more sustainable communities.  See this fact sheet for additional details.  Contact executive planner Karen Ann Miller ( or 630-232-3418). Applications are due January 24, 2014.
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.

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