FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, October 1, 2014                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network:
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Noon - 1:30 PM
Location:   Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove
Program:   Sustainability Tour of Sugar Grove campus
                Meet at Academic and Professional Center, Room 110D
                Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive   Campus Map
There will be a short presentation on the College's sustainability efforts over the past number of years as well as its commitment to water quality, wetland development and storm water management. After the presentation, there will be a tour of several stormwater-related features on the campus.
  Upcoming Dates:
  FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 2014,  1 PM
Location:  Algonquin Ganek Municipal Center Board Room, 2200 Harnish Drive Algonquin, IL 60102
Program:  Tom Slawski, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) LINK
                Update on collaborative efforts with our Wisconsin Fox watershed
                and a preview of the March 20, 2015 Fox River Summit
  FREP Membership Meeting & Annual Elections
Wednesday, January 21, 2015,  1 PM
Location:  Aurora City Hall
Program:  Assessing Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), Mike Adam, Senior Biologist, Lake County Health Dept.      
  3rd Annual Fox River Summit   Friday, March 20, 2015   Burlington, Wisconsin
  Open Noon Network Dates:  February 18, 2015 & April 15, 2015
FREP members, potential members, and the general public are welcome to attend FREP Noon Networks, meetings and programs. Learn more about activities in the watershed and network with others.

Your suggestions for FREP Noon Networks and Meeting Programs are welcomed. Noon Networks feature projects, best management practices, and topics of interest to the FREP membership and general public. We move these programs around the watershed to reach a larger audience.  To arrange to host a FREP Noon Network, please contact Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, 630-482-9157
President's Message
A few weeks back I represented the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership (FREP) at Algonquin’s It’s Our River Day Event. This public event showcased local environmental organizations and also hosted a river clean-up. There are many river clean-ups that take place throughout the year within the Fox River Watershed.  FREP would like to know about these opportunities.  If you are aware of river clean-ups please send the information to be posted on the new “Clean-up Calendar.”

FREP is also looking for ideas for membership meeting and noon network presentation ideas. If there is a topic that is of interest to you or you know an expert who could speak on important watershed issues of please let us know.  We have a few open slots in our 2015 meeting schedule.
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
Fox River Watershed Clean-ups
FREP would like to help publicize and promote volunteer clean-ups being held within the Fox watershed. We will do this by adding a "Clean-up Calendar" page to our website and promoting them in this monthly Downstream e-newsletter.

If you are planning a clean-up,  or know of one coming up in your area of the watershed, please send the information to us at:
FREP Membership Roll  - Thank you to those who have responded for 2014-15
* MEMBERS: 2014-15 Membership Drive statements were mailed out in June *

Our goal was to make 100% of last year's membership roll by Sept. 1st

We are currently at 85% of goal. If your name is not listed below, please renew or join today!
The FREP Membership Roll for 2014-15 is also posted on our website HERE.
Links are provided for those members who have websites
We share this list each issue so that readers of Downstream can easily find links to our members,
to promote communication and collaboration on Fox River watershed issues.
Michael Ander, Friend, Sleepy Hollow
Applied Ecological Services
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Batavia Park District
Baxter & Woodman
Campton Township
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD
John Church, Friend, Oswego
City of Aurora
City of Batavia
City of Crystal Lake
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
City of Saint Charles
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
The Conservation Foundation
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
Crystal Lake Park District
DeKalb County Forest Preserve 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 Development & Community Services
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
Jack Shouba, Friend, St. Charles
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
Cindy Skrukrud, Friend, Richmond
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
United City of Yorkville
Shawn Van Kampen, Friend, Aurora
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
There is an online membership form and link to make your payment through PayPal HERE
A printable/mailable form  HERE
Watershed Planning
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
The Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning project held its second meeting on September 25 at the Village of McCullom Lake’s village hall.  Participants provided input to the revised  problem statement and goals and offered ideas for engaging local governments and other stakeholders in the planning process.

CMAP staff presented updates on the ongoing watershed resource inventory including pollutant load modeling, impervious surface impacts on stream health, and detention basin assessments. Ders Anderson with Openlands presented an overview of fish inventories that he and several biologist volunteers conducted recently at ten locations in Boone Creek and four locations in Dutch Creek. Several of the fish species found are listed in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan as Species of Greatest Conservation Need.  All the above information and more will be included in the draft watershed resource inventory which is due to Illinois EPA on December 1, 2014.

December 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
City of McHenry Municipal Center, City Council Chambers, 333 S. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050 

The Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed webpage with documents, information on meetings, and more can be found HERE.

For more information, contact Holly Hudson at CMAP: 312.386.8700 or .
Boone Creek Watershed Alliance Website
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 Watershed Plan     Webpage
   The Watershed-Based Plan was formally
   approved on June 11, 2014.

Blackberry Creek Watershed   

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed   

Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition

Spring Creek Watershed 

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:
October 1, 2014, 5pm - 7pm McHenry County Green Drinks
Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street,Crystal Lake
Program:  Steve Pescitelli of the IDNR will discuss the current status of fish communities
October 4, 2014
10am - 2pm
Illinois Solar Energy Tour  Website
FREE   Please register    Tours from several Chicago-area regions
October 8, 2014
5-8:30 PM
The Future of the Farnsworth House
   and the National Trust's Plan for Flood Mitigation

Program presented by AIA Northeast Illinois
Farnsworth House 14520 River Road, Plano, Illinois and
Cobblestone, 101 W. Van Emmon Street Yorkville, Illinois    FEE   Registration
October 30, 2014
9:30 AM to Noon
Fox River Study Group's Annual Meeting
Council Chambers, Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Avenue
Open to the Public       Website
Of Special Interest
  Professional Development 3rd – 8th Grade Teachers Project Learning Tree - PLT
   Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (6 hours)
   Pilcher Park Nature Center located at 2501 Highland Park Drive in Joliet 60432
   Presented by: The Conservation Foundation and the Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
  Center for Watershed Protection’s 2014 Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
Dates:  10/8; 11/12      Noon to 2 PM               1 CEC/2 PDH per webcast       FREE
Available at 2 locations:
    •  Sponsored by Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources
       1st Floor Water Resources Conference Room, 719 S. Batavia Avenue, Geneva
       RSVP to Cecilia Govrik at
    •  Sponsored by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, held at facilities in Libertyville.
       Check Flyer for specific dates/locations
       FREE - Bring your own lunch   RSVP for each one to Susan Vancil
  Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium, November 14 & 15, 2014, Alton, Illinois
    Hosted by National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
    Keynote presentations by Sean O’Connor of National Geographic and Chad Pregacke of Living Lands & Waters.
    FEE  Reservations required    FLYER
     Illinois RiverWatcher Fall 2014 Issue
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.

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