FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, February 12, 2014                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network:
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicagoland
   and its work with the
   Forest Preserve District of Kane County

Presented by:Ben Haberthur
                      Veterans Conservation Corps,
                  Forest Preserve District of Kane County

   Savannah Room, Creek Bend Nature Center
   LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve   LINK
   37W700 Dean Street (west of Randall Rd)
   St. Charles, IL 60175    MAP
      Please enter the Nature Center from parking lot
        at east end of the building

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.

Above:  The Veterans Conservation Corps recently paid a visit to The Conservation Foundation property in LaSalle County.

Read the inspiring story of how Batavia resident and veteran Ben Haberthur came to establish the Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicagoland in this Feb. 7th
Kane County Chronicle story  HERE

Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicagoland Facebook page

YouTube Video about Ben
Future Noon Networks:
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
Future Meetings:
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 details below.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014,  1 PM
South Elgin Parks & Recreations
Municipal Annex, North Room, 1 W. State Street
FREP Meeting Minutes can be found HERE
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.

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 -- March 21, 2014   Burlington, WI
Friday, March 21, 2014  7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Veteran's Terrace at Echo Park, 589 Milwaukee Ave. Burlington, WI 53105
Theme:  Celebrating Success & Addressing Shared Challenges
$35 registration in advance ($50 at the door)  Fee includes lunch, coffee, snacks

Online registration:

Advance registration deadline: March 20

• How Green Infrastructure Can Protect Water Quality-
  Dave Yocca, Conservation Design Forum
• Kane County Green Infrastructure Plan- Karen Miller,
  Kane County & Dennis Dryer, Geosyntec Consultants
• Implementing a Fox River Predictive Flood Modeling Application
   Scott R. Schutze, Kenosha County Division of Land Information
• Streambank Stability & Riparian Buffer Inventory and Prioritization on the Middle Fox River- Geoffrey Parish, GRAEF
• Fish Populations in the Lower Fox River-Steve Pescitelli, Region II Stream Specialist with the IDNR
• Nutrient Reductions and Dam Removal: Developing an Implementation Plan to Address Dissolved Oxygen
  and Algae Problems in the Fox River-Rob Linke, P.E. Fox River Study Group, Inc. Board of Directors
• Habitat Management Guidance for Amphibians and Reptiles-Bruce Kingsbury, Indiana-Purdue University
• National Water Trail Systems & technical program assistance to help communities develop water and land trails
  Angie Tornes, National Park Service, Rivers & Trails Program
• Keynote-Social Marketing Tools & discussion- Lyn Crighton, Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation & Jill Hoffmann,
  Executive Director of the Upper White River Watershed Alliance
Just Added for during our lunchtime:  USGS' WaterSMART initiative program
  WaterSMART webpage     Colorado River Case Study

Eric Evenson Coordinator, USGS National Water Census
Every Drop Counts: Progress Towards a National Water Census Growing populations, increased energy development, and the uncertain effects of a changing climate magnify the need for an improved understanding of water use and water availability. Presently, no comprehensive national assessment of water resources exists. Come learn how the USGS and its partners are making progress towards a National Water Census, which will thoroughly quantify water supply and demand across the entire country. The National Water Census is a USGS research program on national water availability and use that develops new water accounting tools and assesses water availability at the regional and national scales. Through the Water Census, USGS is integrating diverse research on water availability and use and enhancing the understanding of connection between water quality and water availability. Research is designed to build decision support capacity for water management agencies and other natural resource managers. It is one of six major science directions identified by the USGS in its 2007 Science Plan and is called for in the SECURE Water Act and implemented through the Department of the Interior WaterSMART initiative.
Presented by the SE Fox River Partnership in collaboration with the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership with financial support from the SE Wisconsin Fox River Commission

Any questions contact Tom Slawski at or 262-953-3263

We are pleased to join for a second Summit with our Fox River watershed partners from the headwaters in Wisconsin. They are again able to host the event at the lovely Veteran's Terrace, right on the Fox River. Special thanks to Tom for all his work in coordinating this!
New FREP Officers
The following officers were elected at our annual meeting in January:

President:  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
The FREP Executive Committee is currently working on some adjustments to the structure of the Executive Committee to improve its functionality. This information will be shared with membership via the Downstream in the near future, along with any bylaw changes that would be required.
FREP Membership Roll for 2013-14  - Thank you for a banner membership year!
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, March 27, 2014
(note - Feb. 27 meeting cancelled)

2 PM
Location:  TBD
The 9 Lakes Project planning is progressing and you will find several new draft documents and maps posted
their webpage at this link:
 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 18, 2014
7 PM
Great Lakes Bioneers McHenry County Speaker Series
Inspiring Presentations on Renewable Energy, Hydroponics and Climate Change/Biomimicry

Topic: Adapt to Changing Conditions: Embodying Nature’s Resilience Principles in the Face of Climate Change
Luecht Conference Center, McHenry County College, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake
FREE        LINK
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 6, 2014
8 AM - Noon
Current Stormwater Regulations and Policies Seminar
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Rd, St. Charles, IL 60175
FEE    Includes Continental Breakfast & Professional Development Hours
Brochure/Registration Form

Sponsored by KDSWCD & IEPA
March 21, 2014
2nd Fox River Summit for Illinois & Wisconsin Fox River Stakeholders
Veteran's Terrace in Burlington, Wisconsin   See details above
April 10, 2014
Annual Envirothon
Danada House, Wheaton
Details at:   Kane-Dupage Soil & Water Conservation District
           and North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District
April 10-12, 2014 Illinois Lakes Management Association -ILMA-Lakes 29th Annual Conference
Timber Creek Inn and Suites, Sandwich, IL
May 30 - June 2
River Rally
Pittsburgh, PA   Website
Sponsored by River Network & Waterkeeper Alliance
Of Special Interest
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.
Fox River Study Group Update to the Fox River Community  October 2013   HERE
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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