FREP E-Downstream
Tuesday, June 10, 2014                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network:
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Noon to 1:30 PM
Blackberry Creek Dam Removal Project

Meet at Yorkville Bristol Sanitary District Parking Lot
304 River Street, Yorkville, IL 60560    MAP

NOTE: If the weather is bad, we aren't able to use the YBSD facility, due to remodeling. However, we will direct everyone from the parking lot to another nearby indoor location for the presentation.
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 and the effect it has had on fish passage.

You can read more about the project in the presentation from 2012, which is posted on our website HERE.
Upcoming Dates:
Watch for news of a July activity at Fox Waterway Agency/Chain O'Lakes
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Noon - 1:30 PM
Location: Lost Valley Visitors Center at Glacial Park, Rt. 31 & Hart Road, Ringwood    Weblink
Program:  National Water Trail Systems & technical program assistance to help communities develop
               water and land trails in the Fox River watershed
               Angie Tornes, National Park Service, Rivers & Trails Program

               Angie Tornes presented at the March Fox River Summit and is coming to meet with Illinois
               Fox watershed stakeholders to discuss how they might establish official national water trails.
               For a preview, you can check out her presentation from the Summit here: LINK Part 1   LINK Part 2

               We encourage representatives from communities on the Fox River, and those of subwatersheds
               with potential for this trail system to attend.

               National Water Trails System Website                  
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 17, 2014,  1 PM
Location: TBA
Program:  Focus on Legislative Issues with Jack Darin, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Illinois
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Noon - 1:30 PM
Location: Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove
Program:  Sustainability Tour of Sugar Grove campus           Details to come
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, 2014,  1 PM
Location: Algonquin Ganek Municipal Center Board Room, 2200 Harnish Drive Algonquin, IL 60102
Program:  TBA
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,
President's Message
The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership has been very fortunate to be able to maintain one paid position to carry out the essential functions of the organization. Communications Manager Becky Hoag maintains our website, writes the Downstream, communicates with our members, and keeps the board on task. FREP continues to be a vital partnership today because we have been able to sustain this position.

Of course FREP is also dependent on volunteers.  The members of FREP’s Executive Committee donate their time and knowledge to help advance organization. At the May membership meeting, the membership voted to make a few minor changes to the by-laws. The main change is that Committee Chairs are now called Advisors and we have added Ex-Officio members. In addition to these changes FREP will be working on some new projects that will require the talents of our members.

If you have been looking for a way to become more involved with FREP watch the Downstream and attend our membership meetings in the coming months to find out how you can volunteer your time.
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
319 Grant Informtaion & offer of assistance
Holly Hudson, FREP Lakes Advisor and staff member of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) gave a presentation about IEPA 319 Grants at our May 21st meeting.

Those who are in the Fox watershed and might be interested in more details about the 319 Grant program, or are already planning to prepare a grant application, can find Holly's presentation and more information HERE on our 319 Grant webpage.

Holly and our Water Resources Advisor, Dan Lobbes, are available to provide you assistance in preparing the best application you can. They have recruited other FREP members who are available to help.

Visit the 319 Grant page for contact information.
FREP Membership Roll for 2013-14  - Thank you for a banner membership year!
*MEMBERS: Watch for your 2014-15 Membership Drive statement being mailed out this week*
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.
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:   TBA
9 Lakes Plan Webpage
The new 9 Lakes Watershed Plan has been submitted to IEPA. You can find the Draft Plan on the 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.
***CMAP has begun planning for the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County and the first meeting was held June 5th. Watch for details in future Downstreams.

Boone Creek Watershed Alliance Website

9 Lakes TMDL Implementation Planning Project

Blackberry Creek Watershed   

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed   
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition

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:
June 28
10 AM - Noon
Walk on the Wild Side - Volo Bog
Fourteen year old Nina Denne, a student of botany and volunteer gardener at Volo Bog, will be our guide. After viewing the native wildflower gardens around the nature center, Nina will lead us along the boardwalk across the bog. She will point out the many unusual plants, including orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants, that grow in the acid bog.

Directions: From the south (Crystal Lake), take Rt. 31 north to Rt. 120 in McHenry. Turn right and continue east on Rt. 120 about one mile past the Fox river to Chapel Hill Rd. Turn left on Chapel Hill and go 1/2 mile to Lincoln Rd. Turn right on Lincoln and go 2.5 miles to Brandenburg Rd. Turn left and go 1/2 mile to Volo Bog entrance.
More information about Volo Bog HERE      
The Wildflower Preservation and Propagation website
July 8-10
July 22-23

Discover the 1840’s at Garfield Farm Museum Camps
Children ages eight to fifteen years old will have a chance to discover what life was like in the 1840’s at Garfield Farm during two three-day camps this summer. The first session runs from July 8th thru 10th and the second session runs from July 22nd thru 24th. Both sessions start at 9am and end at noon each day.
FEE   Reservations required  Call (630)584-8485 or email
Sept. 9 & 10 Beyond the Basics Seminar:
    Making Green Stormwater Practices Pay Off for Your Community

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle & Bobak’s Signature Events, Woodridge
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
  The National Biodiversity Teach-In  has been organized by Elgin High School Environmental Sciences and is set for September 2014.

The purpose of this Teach-In is to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity. We selected September because that is the month in which Martha, the last passenger Pigeon, died 100 years ago marking the extinction of this species.

The students created and maintain the website for this event:

Registration is currently open.

The students have recruited presenters from all over the world to provide 20-55 minute webinars that are free to all participants. The number of participants is limited and teachers/organizations should register quickly to save a spot. 

Each webinar speaker has been recruited by the students because they tell a very special and important story AND they can provide actions we can all take to protect biodiversity. In addition, we provide resources so that teachers can create pre-webinar activities to prepare for the presentations.

We also feature a National Schoolwide Read of the book "No Monkeys, No Chocolate" which will be presented by author, Melissa Stewart.

We have something for every learner and would appreciate any help you can give us to promote this event.

     Facebook: Miss Martha The Passenger Pigeon    Twitter: @MissMartha1914

                                                                                                Sincerely, Deb Perryman Elgin High School
  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 or 312-386-8760.  Join the conversation -- we will be tweeting related information using #CMAPLTA.
  National Park Service Programs for Community, Technical and Financial Asisstance
Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Projects
From remote communities in Alaska to the Bronx River in New York, the National Park Service is supporting communities. We're connecting youth with national parks in Alaska, planning a community trail system for mountain biking in Michigan, and getting people paddling on Texas rivers-and helping more than 350 other communities get their conservation and recreation projects off the ground this year. The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program helps community groups, not-for-profits, state and local governments, and tribes plan and establish trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers and natural areas, and create outdoor recreation opportunities.

Do you have an idea for a local recreation or conservation project? The National Park Service can help.
Contact the regional program manager to find out if a program is a good fit for your community.
  Illinois RTCA, National Park Service 25 East Washington, Suite 1650 Chicago, IL 60602
   Diane Banta     (312) 863-6287   Fax (312) 862-6251

Applications for 2015 projects are due by August 1, 2014. Visit HERE for more information and to apply.

Visit HERE to learn more about their programs.
  Center for Watershed Protection’s 2014 Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
Dates:  9/10; 10/8; 11/12      Noon to 2 PM               1 CEC/2 PDH per webcast       FREE
Available at 2 locations:
    •  Sponsored by Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources
      1st Floor Water Resources Conference Room, 719 S. Batavia Avenue, Geneva
      RSVP to Cecilia Govrik at
   •  Sponsored by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, held at facilities in Libertyville.
      Check Flyer for specific dates/locations
      FREE - Bring your own lunch   RSVP for each one to Susan Vancil
  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 Summer 2014 Issue
  The Conservation@Home program of The Conservation Foundation is busy 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   Please email me if you have an email to add to our mailing list.

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