FREP E-Downstream
Tuesday, May 6, 2014                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, May 21, 2014,  1 PM
South Elgin Parks & Recreation, Municipal Annex
North Room, 1 W. State Street, South Elgin, IL

Vote on Bylaws change (see description below)
CLICK HERE to review the Bylaws revisions to be voted on by membership on May 21st.

Program:
 Information about IEPA 319 Grants
               Holly Hudson, CMAP

Each year FREP members make themselves available to assist those in the Fox River watershed who are interested in seeking Illinois EPA 319 Grants. Several times in the past FREP has organized and rated a package of 319 proposals that are submitted to IEPA.

While formal reviews will not be conducted and a package of grants will not be assembled this year, FREP will offer technical support and encouragement for those who are considering directly submitting a 319 grant proposal to IEPA.

For this program on May 21st, Holly Hudson will give an overview of the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Financial Assistance Program. Dan Lobbes, our water resource advisor, will be working on lining up FREP members to provide technical assistance to those who seek it. 

Bring your grant ideas to this meeting to start the discussion.  If you aren't able to attend, you can still receive assistance by contacting us.

While the 319 Grant application is not yet available on the IEPA website, you can bookmark the link HERE and check it soon for the application and details.


You can also check our 319 Grant page, which will be updated as soon as more information is available, and will provide contact information if you would like FREP assistance.

Applications for FY16 will be due August 1, 2014.

CMAP's website features the tracking of 319 Projects they have assisted with HERE.
FREP Noon Network:
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Noon to 1:30 PM
Program:
Blackberry Creek Dam Removal Project

Meet at Yorkville Bristol Sanitary District Board Room
304 River Street, Yorkville, IL 60560

FREP previously held a Noon Network at the site of the Blackberry Creek Dam Removal Project in October 2012.  While we were able to observe much of the prep work, the actual dam removal was delayed because of the need for roadwork at the site.

We are pleased to return and now see the completed project and learn how it was accomplished.

You can read more about the project in the presentation from 2012, which is posted on our website HERE.
NOTE:   FREP Executive Committee will meet at 11 AM      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 and Meeting Programs are welcomed. At Noon Networks 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
 
Revised FREP Executive Committee Structure & Bylaws Change
The FREP Executive Committee proposes adjustments to its structure to better reflect its makeup. (See below) 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 "Advisor" 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.
 

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, Immediate 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
 
President's Message
 
The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership (FREP) is 18 years old now and still going strong.  From the beginning, one of the main functions of this organization has been to help members prepare grant applications which has ultimately brought money for a number of excellent conservation projects to the watershed.

FREP still serves in this capacity for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency 319 grants.  Just in case you are not familiar, these grants are available to local units of government and other organizations to protect water quality in Illinois. Projects must address water quality issues relating directly to nonpoint source pollution primarily through installation of best management practices. Applications are accepted June 1 through August 1. 

At our membership meeting on May 21st, FREP's Lakes Advisor Holly Hudson will share her vast knowledge of the grant process along with updates to the program.  If you have a project that will improve water quality and you are planning to apply for a 319 grant, this presentation is designed for you.
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
 
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 Plan 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, May 15
8 AM - 3 PM
Invasive Issues in Trees Workshop
The Morton Arboretum, Thornhill Education Center, Lisle
FEE   Link
May 19 - June 7 Fundamentals of Energy
McHenry County College
Free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) This course will provide the tools and information you need to better understand the energy resources we currently use and empower you to pursue energy resources for the future.  Register now.
Questions, contact Ted Erski (815-455-8992) terski@mchenry.edu   More details HERE 
May 30 - June 2
River Rally
Pittsburgh, PA   Website
Sponsored by River Network & Waterkeeper Alliance
Sept. 9 & 10 Beyond the Basics Seminar
The Conservation Foundation
The first day, participants can choose between going on a field trip to see green stormwater practices in action or attend a workshop on watershed planning and ordinance review. The second day will be the usual format, with a keynote address followed by 3 tracks of 4 sessions each. More details to come!
 
Of Special Interest
From CMAP:  Call for Projects:  Local Technical Assistance and Community Planning Programs.  Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program HERE. Proposed local planning projects should implement recommendations of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. Applications are due at noon on Thursday, June 26, 2014.  An informational session will be held at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago) on Tuesday, June 3 at 9:00 a.m.  To RSVP or be added to our LTA distribution list, contact Dan Olson dolson@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8760.  Join the conversation -- we will be tweeting related information using #CMAPLTA.
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:  5/14; 6/11; 9/10; 10/8; 11/12
National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) associates, along with the Illinois Natural Survey, have been conducting research and monitoring of the water quality and fish community in the Upper Mississippi River System for more than 20 years. They are now expanding these monitoring and research activities with new automated monitoring platforms capable of collecting real-time data on a wide variety of water quality measures. A grant from the Walton Family Foundation has helped make this possible.  Read more about it HERE.
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