Pictured, Clockwise:  Chain O'Lakes State Park, Volo Bog, Lighthouse at Fabyan Park in Geneva,
Windmill at Depot Pond in Batavia, Prairie at Lost Valley Visitors Center/Glacial Park in Ringwood
Photography by Mike Hoag
From FREP President Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller
Happy Holidays and thank you for being a FREP member!

In 2014 the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership (FREP) continued to expand our outreach and programing. We are especially pleased with the ongoing support our membership provides and thank you for being part of this wonderful, diverse, and educational group.  FREP is your organization and the executive committee likes to hear feedback from our members, so please feel free to contact anyone of us with your ideas for programs, suggestions, or questions you might have.

Ringing in 2015, we have interesting programs lined up to expand your knowledge, provide networking opportunities, and to see watershed restoration projects.  There are opportunities for you to get more involved with FREP: present a program, share your activities with the membership, or host a meeting.

The third annual Fox River Summit will be held on March 20 in Burlington, WI.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Illinois and Wisconsin Fox River watershed stakeholders to come together to learn and share what we are doing to preserve and protect the Fox River.

FREP programs and meetings move all around the watershed so we can see interesting projects and enable our members to have activities near them.  Read the Downstream newsletter for details on the upcoming programs.

May the year 2015 bring us more projects and opportunities to improve the health and sustainability of our watershed.

                                                         Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
    FREP Executive Committee
   
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, President
   Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Jeff Mengler, Vice President
   Hey & Associates
Andrea Cline, Secretary
   Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Matt Bardol, Treasurer
   Geosyntec Consultants
Katie Parkhurst, Past President
   Village of Algonquin
    Advisors
Agriculture:               Janice Hill, Kane County Development Department  
Conservation Design:   Rob Linke, Kane County Division of Environmental & Water Resources  
Education:                 Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District  
Government Relations: Karen Miller, Kane County Development Department
Habitat:                    Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates
Lakes:                      Holly Hudson, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Recreation:               Jason Pettit
Water Resources:       Dan Lobbes, The Conservation Foundation

Representative to Fox River Study Group:   Candice Jacobs, Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation Dist.

Ex Officio Members
  Bill Donnell, City of Aurora                                Cindy Skrukrud, Sierra Club
  John Church, The Conservation Foundation         Tim Pollowy, Hey & Associates

Nancy Williamson, IDNR, Ecosystem Administrator             Becky Hoag, FREP Communications Manager
FREP Membership Roll for 2014-15
A Big Thank you to all who responded this year!
The FREP Membership Roll for 2014-15 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 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
Karen Laskowski, Friend, St. Charles
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
Meetings & Noon Networks in the coming year:
Membership Meetings
Wednesday, January 21, 2015      1 PM
    
Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
Location:  Aurora City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place

Program: 
Assessing Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs),
    Mike Adam, Senior Biologist, Lake County Health Dept.  


*Note:  If you are interested in holding an office in FREP or otherwise participating in the FREP Executive Committee, please email foxriverinfo@comcast.net and it will be passed on to the nominations committee, in preparation for our elections in January.

The Executive Committee meets at 11 AM

March 2015 Meeting:
We will not be holding a March meeting. Instead, we encourage everyone to attend the March 20th Fox River Summit in Burlington, Wisconsin.
Registration details coming soon.
 
FREP NOON NETWORKS
Wednesday, February 18 , 2015      Noon - 1:30 PM
  Open
Wednesday, April 15 , 2015      Noon - 1:30 PM
 Open
Wednesday, June  17, 2015      Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:
    Fox Valley Park District's Naturalized Areas as part of a Sports Complex Expansion 
Location:  Stuart Sports Complex, Aurora
Wednesday, August 19, 2015      Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:     Silver Lake Bioinfiltration Basins and Oakwood Hills Fen Stream Corridor Restoration projects
Location:  Oakwood Hills
 
Noon Networks are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Bring your lunch to eat during the program.
NOTE:  If you have an idea for a program and/or would like to host the February 18th or April 15th Noon Network, please email foxriverinfo@comcast.net
FREP Programs featured in 2014
Noon Networks in 2014 included: a February program on the Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicago; an April visit to the Dayton Bluffs property and a Lower Fox Land Conservation Plan Update; a June visit to the completed Blackberry Creek Dam Removal Project in Yorkville; a special tour in August of the Fox Waterway Agency; and an August program at the Lost Valley Visitors Center in Glacial Park on the National Water Trail Systems and how the Fox Watershed can participate. In October we enjoyed a Sustainability Tour of Waubonsee Community College's Sugar Grove campus.

FREP Meeting programs included: Nutrient Reductions and Dam Removal in the Fox River: Developing an Implementation Plan to address Dissolved Oxygen and Algae Problems in the Fox River, by Fox River Study Group; a an Overview of the EPA 319 Grants Program by Holly Hudson of CMAP; Focus on Legislative Issues, by Jack Darin, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Illinois; and an Update on Collaborative Efforts with our Wisconsin Fox watershed and a Preview of the March 20, 2015 Fox River Summit by Tom Slawski, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).
Many of our program presentations are available in a pdf on the Presentations Page of our Website

Presentations from the past two Fox River Summits are available HERE
 
Subwatershed Planning
Many subwatershed groups have been active, developing watershed plans and/or working to follow guidelines in an approved plan.  The 9 Lakes Watershed Plan was approved in June.

The newest subwatershed, working with Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), to develop a plan is the Boone-Dutch Creek group. More information about this group can be found HERE.  Their next meeting is February 12, 2015.
Active Subwatershed groups and links to their websites/webpage:
9 Lakes Watershed Plan     Webpage

Blackberry Creek Watershed   
Webpage

Boone Creek Watershed Alliance  
Website

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed   
Webpage 

Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 
Website

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition       Webpage 

Nippersink Creek Watershed  
Website 

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition
    Webpage

Spring Creek Watershed 

Tyler Creek Watershed   Webpages

Woods Creek Watershed Study Stakeholders     Website
 
Other Activities 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,
March 20, 2015
Fox River Summit
Burlington, Wisconsin
details to come
Wednesday,
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.
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