FREP E-Downstream
Thursday, November 6, 2014                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1 PM

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 colleagues and a preview and discussion of agenda for the March 20, 2015 Fox River Summit to be held in Burlington, WI

Information & presentations from the 2013 Fox River Summit can be found HERE
FREP Executive Committee will meet
at 11 AM
Right: Map of the complete Fox Watershed for Wisconsin and Illinois.  To view a larger image of the map CLICK HERE
Watershed Facts:
Area: 2658 Square Miles
Headwaters: Colgate, WI
Confluence: Ottawa, IL
River Length: 223 Miles
Population: 1 Million+
Mainstem Dams: 16
Mainstem WWTP Dischargers: 32

Info: January 2013
Upcoming Dates:
  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
Sometimes we forget that a section of the Fox River is not in Illinois. The river’s origin is in Waukesha County Wisconsin. Our neighbors to the north are concerned the health of the river as well.

One agency working to protect the Fox River Watershed is The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC). SEWRPC is the metropolitan planning organization for the seven county area in Southeastern Wisconsin which includes the Milwaukee metro area.

A few years ago FREP was contacted to help plan the first Fox River Summit.  The event helped provide information and increase communication among stakeholders along the entire length of the Fox River. Coming up March 20th, the third Fox River Summit will be held. FREP continues to collaborate with SEWRPC so topics that concern our members are addressed at the summit.

At the November membership meeting, Tom Slawski, our partner from SEWRPC, will fill us in on activities taking place on the Wisconsin portion of the Fox River and we will preview and discuss plans for the next Summit.  I hope you will join us. 
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
Call for Officers & Executive Committee Members
At our annual meeting on January 21st we will be electing officers for 2015. We will have a need for a Secretary, and welcome any other FREP members who would like to join the Executive Committee and serve as an officer or advisor. The Executive Committee officers are President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Advisors on a variety of topics affecting the watershed serve as additional members of the Executive Committee.

You can find the full list of our current Executive Committee HERE.

If you are interested in serving as FREP secretary, or for any other position, please contact our Nominations Chair: Katie Parkhurst, Village of Algonquin at 847-658-4184 or email her at:
Fox River Study Group Annual Meeting Presentations
The Fox River Study Group annual meeting in Batavia on Oct. 30 included the following presentations:
  • Phosphorus loading in the Fox River Watershed,
    Alena Bartosova, Illinois State Water Survey
  • Fox River Implementation Plan
    Scott Bell, Limnotech
  • Dam Removal Results & Opportunities
    Steve Pescitelli, Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources

Pdfs of these presentations will be available soon on the Fox River Study Group website
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 96% 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
Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, Friend, Crystral Lake
St. Charles Park District
Jack Shouba, Friend, St. Charles
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
Cindy Skrukrud, Friend, Richmond
Laura Ross Stuart, Friend, Geneva
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
Next Meeting:   Thursday, December 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
City of McHenry Municipal Center, City Council Chambers, 333 S. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050 
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
Preparation of the watershed resource inventory continues. CMAP staff have been crisscrossing the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed assessing stormwater detention basins and identifying retrofit opportunities for improving water quality benefits.

In order to help staff assess the strength of local ordinances toward protecting water quality, McHenry County and municipal governments within the planning area have been asked to fill out a questionnaire covering 11 ordinance subject areas:  stormwater drainage and detention, soil erosion and sediment control, floodplain management, stream and wetland protection, natural areas and open space, conservation design and infill, landscaping, transportation, parking, water efficiency and conservation, and pollution prevention.

Staff is also reviewing each municipality’s comprehensive plan to see how they address a variety of water quality and natural resource protection indicators. The draft watershed resource inventory is due to Illinois EPA on December 1 and will be posted on the project webpage.

Please join us at the next stakeholder meeting on December 4 at the City of McHenry where the watershed resource inventory will be discussed and the process of identifying site-specific best management practices begun.  

Thursday, December 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
City of McHenry Municipal Center, City Council Chambers, 333 S. Green Street, McHenry, IL 60050
CLICK HERE for the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning webpage with documents, information on meetings, and more.
For more information, contact Holly Hudson at CMAP: 312.386.8700 or
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. They are listed below, with links to their webpages/websites.

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.
Subwatershed Links

9 Lakes Watershed Plan     Webpage
   The Watershed-Based Plan was formally
   approved on June 11, 2014.

Blackberry Creek Watershed   

Boone Creek Watershed Alliance  

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed   

Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition

Nippersink Creek Watershed  

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition

Spring Creek Watershed 

Tyler Creek Watershed   Webpages

Woods Creek Watershed Study Stakeholders 

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:
Nov. 12, 2014
5-8 PM
The Conservation Foundation's Fall Membership Dinner
Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton
Fee  Reservations  Website
November 18-19, 2014 Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate
The Morton Arboretum 2014 Urban Tree Conference

FEE  Registration Required   Website
April 8, 2015
Envirothon 2015
Annual event for high schoolers to compete in the areas of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current issue in natural resources.
Danada House, Wheaton
Details at: Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation Dist.
               and North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation Dist.
Of Special Interest
  Center for Watershed Protection’s 2014 Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
Dates:  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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