FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, March 5, 2014                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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

BROCHURE
Online registration:  http://www.sewfrc.org/summit

Advance registration deadline: March 20

Presentations:
• How Green Infrastructure Can Protect Water Quality-
  Dave Yocca, Conservation Design Forum
• Kane County Green Infrastructure Plan- Karen Miller,
  Kane County & Dennis Dreher, 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 during 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 tslawski@sewrpc.org 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!
FREP Noon Network:
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Program:
 
       Lower Fox Land Conservation Plan Update
       Site tour of the new Dayton Bluffs property
       Meet at Hank's Farm Restaurant
         Just south of I-80 on Route 71, Ottawa
       After presentation, Brook McDonald will
         lead a walking tour of the property

Presenters:  Dan Lobbes, John Church, Brook McDonald
                   The Conservation Foundation

This is a place that was begging to be preserved.  And now it has been. On July 31, 2013, The Conservation Foundation became the owner of Dayton Bluffs, an ecological and archaeological wonderland. A partnership of The Conservation Foundation and the City of Ottawa will create the Dayton Bluffs Preserve, a new 253-acre  natural area preserve along the Fox River being  established for the citizens of Ottawa, La Salle County and all of Illinois. The Dayton Bluffs Preserve was purchased by The Conservation Foundation for $2.1 million and will be leased to the City of Ottawa who will manage it as a public preserve.

Summary of the Dayton Bluffs preservation project     Webpage
 
FREP Membership 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.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014,  1 PM
South Elgin Parks & Recreation
Municipal Annex, North Room, 1 W. State Street
Program:  Information about IEPA 319 Grants
               Holly Hudson, CMAP
 
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   foxriverinfo@comcast.net
 
FREP Meeting Minutes can be found HERE
We had a great Noon Network in February with Ben Haberthur of the Forest Preserve District of Kane County. He has established the Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicago and they are doing great work to engage military veterans in conservation work in the Fox River Watershed and beyond.

If you haven't visited their Facebook page yet, please do so and learn more about how veterans and others can get involved. (You don't need to be a veteran to volunteer for their various work projects.)
Veterans Conservation Corps of Chicagoland Facebook page

Their next workday is Saturday, March 15, 9 to Noon, at Dick Young Forest Preserve, just west of Batavia

This video on YouTube tells Ben's wonderful story about why this effort was begun.  YouTube Video about Ben
President's Message
At the annual meeting for the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership in January, I was elected as FREP’s new President.  I would like to express my gratitude to my predecessor, Katie Parkhurst, for her time and dedication to this organization. She leaves very big shoes to fill. I am thankful that Katie be around to show me the ropes and remain active as FREP’s past president.

I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I have worked and taught about the Fox River Watershed for my entire professional career. By day, I am the Education/Administrative Coordinator for the Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) where I have worked for the last 15 years. Prior to this, I did an internship in the education department of the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. I am also a wife and a mother of three little girls. I am glad to see my passion for nature wearing off on them.

I am proud that the Kane-DuPage SWCD has been a supporter of FREP from the very beginning.  I have served as FREP’s education chair for ten years, and have seen the organization weather the storm of reduced funding to remain a vital resource for its members. This is in large part due to the commitment of our partners.

One of our newest allies in promoting, preserving and protecting the resources of the Fox River Watershed is the Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission. FREP has been helping this organization plan the second Fox River Summit to be held March 21st, 2014 from 7:30 am-4:30 pm in Burlington, Wisconsin.

I hope that you will be able to journey north of the border and join us at this exciting event.  Whether you attend this or future FREP events, I look forward to meeting my fellow FREP members.

Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
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
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 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.
FOR THOSE WISHING TO JOIN FREP:
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   2 PM
Location:  Lake Barrington Shores Recreation Center
 9 Lakes TMDL Webpage 

Visit this webpage for details about the meeting, agendas, meeting notes, and many planning documents and maps 
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
  
Webpage

Blackberry Creek Watershed 
Webpage

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed  
Webpage
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 
Website

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition  Webpage

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition
 
  Webpage

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: foxriverinfo@comcast.net
Friday
March 21, 2014
2nd Fox River Summit for Illinois & Wisconsin Fox River Stakeholders
Veteran's Terrace in Burlington, Wisconsin   See details above
Thursday
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
FEE     LINK
May 30 - June 2
2014
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  svancil@lakecountyil.gov
1 CEC/2 PDH per webcast.
Flyer    Dates:  3/12; 4/9; 5/14; 6/11; 9/10; 10/8; 11/12
Illinois RiverWatcher Spring 2014 Issue
McHenry County is excited to announce the completion of two major groundwater studies. These studies are the 3-Dimensional geologic mapping that was completed by the Illinois State Geologic Survey (ISGS) and the groundwater potentiometric surface mapping and groundwater flow modeling that was completed by the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS).  The information from these reports provides a sound scientific basis for helping us to better manage our available groundwater resources.

A presentation by the ISGS and ISWS on the projects and discussion of the next steps for the management of the groundwater resources will be held Friday, March 14, 2014 from 10AM-12 and from 1-4PM (split into two sessions covering different information).  Please RSVP by March 12th if you wish to attend.  Lunch will be provided for those attending both sessions.

Registration Form      Additional information regarding the groundwater projects found HERE and HERE
 
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

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