FREP E-Downstream
Thursday, April 3, 2014                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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
       **Bring your lunch -- food not available**

Presenters:  Dan Lobbes and 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.

“Unique to the Fox River system, [Dayton Bluff’s] beautifully wooded slopes and ravines are inhabited by such rare plants as Goat’s Beard, Bishop’s Cap, Blunt-scaled Wood Sedge, Low Bindweed, Black Ash, and Woodland Blue Grass. Unlike many of the Ordovician sandstone exposures along the lower Fox, these bluffs are formed over Pennsylvanian-aged formations. Ancient tree-horsetail fossils have been found there, emerging as petrified stumps out of the coal shale, right alongside living specimens of some of their modern-day relatives—Tall Scouring Rush and Horsetail.”

This description is provided by the Native Habitat Inventory of the Lower Fox River, 1999, a study published by the Conservation Research Institute and compiled by Gerry Wilhelm.

The Conservation Foundation was able to purchase this 253-acre property in July of 2013 with the help of Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, Grand Victoria Foundation and the Hamill Family Foundation. They have hosted several groups of young adults learning how to do restoration as part of a job training program through the Minnesota and Iowa Conservation Corps.

The Foundation held several open houses this pastwinter, at which tours were given and more restoration activities accomplished.

The Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit land and watershed protection organization established in 1972, is dedicated to preserving and restoring open space and natural lands, protecting rivers and watersheds, and promoting stewardship of the environment in northeastern Illinois.
For more information about activities, programs and membership, visit www.theconservationfoundation.org or call 630-428-4500. 

Summary of the Dayton Bluffs preservation project    
Webpage
 
Dayton Bluffs Slope
 
FREP Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, May 21, 2014,  1 PM
South Elgin Parks & Recreation
Municipal Annex, North Room, 1 W. State Street, South Elgin, IL

Program:  Information about IEPA 319 Grants
               Holly Hudson, CMAP

FREP Executive Committee will meet at 11 AM
 
 
 
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
Revised FREP Executive Committee Structure & Bylaws Change
The FREP Executive Commitee has been discussing adjustments to its structure to better reflect its makeup. To make these changes, the Bylaws will also need to be revised and voted on at our May 21st Meeting.

The main change is for several of the Executive Committee members' designations to go from "Committee Chair" to "Adivsor" for the focus area they represent.  Currently, there are no  real committees for most of these areas. But the Advisor will be able to call a work/task group from the membership, as needed.

There is also a new designation of "Ex-officio member" for additional people appointed to serve on the Executive Committee, including past presidents. They will not be voting members of the Executive Committee, but will be able to participate in discussions and communications.

Below is the revised list of Executive Committee members, as proposed, once the bylaw changes are approved at the May 21st Meeting.
 

Proposed Executive Committee Structure,
with current members:

 
Officers:  (elected)

Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, President & Education Advisor
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District

Jeff Mengler, Vice President & Habitat Advisor
Hey and Associates, Inc.

Jim Reuter, CPRP, Secretary
South Elgin Parks and Recreation

Matt Bardol, PE,CFM,CPESC,D.WRE, Treasurer
Geosyntec Consultants

Katie Parkhurst, AICP,mImmediate Past President
Village of Algonquin 
 
Representatives:
Candice Jacobs, CPESC
Representative to Fox River Study Group
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Advisors:

Janice Hill, Agriculture Advisor
Kane County Development Dept.

Rob Linke, PE,CFM, Conservation Design Advisor
Trotter & Associates, Inc.

Karen Ann Miller, AICP,Government Relations Advisor Kane County Development Dept.

Holly Hudson, Lakes Advisor
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

Jason Pettit, Recreation Advisor
Kendall County Forest Preserve District

Dan Lobbes, Water Resources Advisor
The Conservation Foundation
Ex-officio Members:

Nancy Williamson Ecosystem Administrator, IDNR

Becky Hoag FREP Communications Manager

Bill Donnell, RLA, FREP Past President, City of Aurora

Cindy Skrukrud, PhD, Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter

Tim Pollowy, RLA, ASLA, FREP Past President
Hey and Associates, Inc.

John Church, The Conservation Foundation
NOTICE of Vote on Bylaws Change

Revisions to the FREP Bylaws will be voted on at the FREP Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
1 PM, South Elgin Municipal Annex, North Room, 1 W. State Street, South Elgin, IL 60177

CLICK HERE to review the Bylaws revisions to be voted on by membership on May 21st.
 
President's Message
After months of planning and promotion, the second Fox River Summit was held on March 21st.  Tom Slawski from the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Southeast Fox River Partnership has been the driving force behind these summits. He put together an amazing agenda for the event and I am thankful that he included FREP in these planning efforts.
Projects on the Illinois portion of the Fox River were in the spotlight thanks to excellent presentations by Karen Miller and Dennis Dreher who highlighted Kane County's Green Infrastructure Plan, Rob Linke who outlined the Fox River Study Group's findings and activities, Tom Price who spoke about several Green Infrastructure Projects, and Steve Pescitelli who gave an update on Fish Populations in the Lower Fox.

I would like to thank all of our speakers for giving their time to help make this such a wonderful event. I was also very pleased to see so many FREP members attend the summit. I hope that the summit helped to reenergize and educate those in attendance.

Programs such as the National Park Service’s National Water Trail Program, and the Clear Choices Clean Water Campaign from Indiana were highlighted. Ideas sparked from these presentations have led to the possibility of implementing new projects in the Fox River Watershed and will provide the opportunity to collaborate with partner organizations both in Illinois and Wisconsin.

The FREP Executive Committee has started to discuss how FREP can put these projects into action. I invite you all to stay tuned in the coming months as FREP starts to move forward with new projects.  FREP will need the knowledge and expertise of members like you as we continue to work together to conserve the Fox River.

Mark your calendars for March 20th, 2015 so that you will be able to attend the third Fox River Summit.

Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
 
Please note: We have a new Summit Page on our website HERE.
                   We plan to post pdfs of the presentations from the 2014 Summit there soon.
                   We'll also use this page to post news and updates on any activities we pursue
                   with our watershed partners in Wisconsin
FREP Membership Roll for 2013-14  - Thank you for a banner membership year!

***Statements for our new membership drive for 2014-15 will be mailed out in June***
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
Cindy Skrukrud, Friend, Richmond
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, May 15, 2014     2 PM        Village of Port Barrington                        
 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
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
Thursday
April 24, 2014
The Conservation Foundation's Earth Day Benefit Dinner
Bobak's Signature Events in Woodridge
Registration Link
Thursday
May 15, 2014
8 AM - 3 PM
Invasive Issues in Trees Workshop
The Morton Arboretum, Thornhill Education Center, Lisle
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:  4/9; 5/14; 6/11; 9/10; 10/8; 11/12
Illinois RiverWatcher Spring 2014 Issue
The Conservation@Home program of The Conservation Foundation is busy this spring making presentations around the watershed. As people work on their landscaping and want tips on how to be greener and perhaps add a rain barrel, this program has much information to offer.  Visit their website 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

This newsletter is posted on the FREP Website on the Downstream Newsletter Archives Page