FREP E-Downstream
Thursday, July 17, 2014                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Special Tour Event
Friday, August 8, 2014       1:30 PM
Location: 
Fox Waterway Agency
                  
45 S. Pistakee Road, Fox Lake IL 60020
               Website

Program:
Presentation and boat tour on silt recycling in the Chain O'Lakes

Please join us for this special program and find out more about this very important section of our Fox River watershed.

Please RSVP to Bill Donnell by August 1 at:

 wmdonnell at gmail.com
 
Watch a YouTube video of Fox Water Agency's dredging process HERE
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
   National Water Trails System Website

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.

The Program provides technical assistance in water trail development and can culminate in designation as part of the National Water Trail System.  At the Summit Angie expressed interest in talking to FREP about the RTCA we are pleased to welcome her for this Noon Network.

Please join us as we learn how the RTCA can provide a platform for multiple interests in the Fox River watershed to come together around community connectivity, water resource awareness and stewardship development, historical appreciation, physical activity and economic development.   
Who should attend:

Park Districts, Forest Preserves, Communities with waterfront areas, and any Stakeholders in the Fox River watershed who are interested in learning about the RTCA and/or may want to join FREP in efforts to apply for technical assistance and possible designation with the National Park Service.
For a preview, you can check out her presentation from the Summit here: LINK Part 1   LINK Part 2
  Upcoming Dates:
  FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 17, 2014,  1 PM
Location: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center               
               A facility of the St. Charles Park District, 3795 Campton Hills Road St. Charles, IL 60175
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:  Tom Slawski, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) LINK
                Update on collaborative efforts with our Wisconsin Fox watershed
                and a preview of the March 20, 2015 Fox River Summit
FREP members, potential members, and the general public are welcome to attend FREP Noon Networks, 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. Noon Networks feature projects, best management practices, and topics of interest to the FREP membership and general public. We move these programs around the watershed to reach a larger audience.

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
President's Message

 
As a result of few court rulings in the last decade, the waters have become muddy as to what constitutes "Waters of the United States" in the Clean Water Act.  To address this problem, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers have released a proposed rule that clarifies protection of streams and wetlands. There seem to be a lot of rumors and misconceptions about the contents of the proposed rule swirling around.  If you would like to formulate your own opinion visit HERE to view the complete rule along with the scientific and economic studies that support it. Public Comment period will close on Monday October 20th.

Stay informed about water quality issues such as this by attending FREP programs. We have several upcoming FREP activities listed in this Downstream and we hope you will join us in August as we tour Fox Waterway Agency's Silt Recycling efforts and meet with Angie Tornes of the National Park Service to explore the potential for National Water Trails designations in the Fox River watershed.

In the fall we have a tour of Waubonsee Community College's sustainability efforts, get Jack Darin's insights into legislative issues, and meet with Tom Slawski to explore more ways to collaborate with our Wisconsin Fox River stakeholders.

A special thank you to all who are responding to our annual membership campaign (list of renewed members to date, below.)  We hope to wrap up the membership drive by September 1st. So please don't forget to renew your membership, or, join for the first time to support FREP. 
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
 
Our hearts go out to FREP founding member and current vice president Jeff Mengler and his family, on the tragic and sudden death of his 20-year old daughter Katie on July 6th.
 
FREP Secretary Needed
FREP secretary Jim Reuter has had to resign as he is taking a position outside the watershed and won't be available for meetings.  Many thanks go to Jim for doing an outstanding job!

We are seeking someone to join our executive committee and serve as secretary. The requirements are to attend FREP Executive Committee and Membership Meetings (usually held on the same day), take minutes for both, and provide them in a timely manner. Upcoming meetings are:  September 17th in St. Charles and November 19th in Algonquin.  We hope this person would then be willing to run for secretary in our annual elections January 21, 2015, and continue in the position.

If you are interested or know someone willing to serve, please contact Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller at 630-584-7961 x3, or email elizabeth.hagenmoeller@kanedupageswcd.org.
 
FREP Membership Roll  - Thank you to those who have already responded for 2014-15
* MEMBERS: 2014-15 Membership Drive statements were mailed out in June *
The FREP Membership Roll for 2014-15 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.
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Batavia Park District
Baxter & Woodman
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD
John Church, Friend, Oswego
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
City of Batavia
City of Crystal Lake
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
John Church, Friend, Oswego
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
Crystal Lake Park District
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Flint Creek Watershed Partnership
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Fox River Water Reclamation District, Elgin
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
John Frerich, Friend, Batavia
Geneva Park District
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
Holly Hudson, Friend, Elgin

Kane County Development & Community Services
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Kendall County Forest Preserve District
Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
Rob Linke, Friend, St. Charles
Living Waters Consultants
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
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
United City of Yorkville
Shawn Van Kampen, Friend
Village of Algonquin
Village of Lake Barrington
Village of Millbrook
Village of Oakwood Hills
Village of Oswego
Village of Port Barrington
Village of Sleepy Hollow
TO PAY YOUR ANNUAL DUES/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
The 9 Lakes Watershed-Based Plan was formally approved by Illinois EPA on June 11, 2014. CMAP staff, with the support and participation of many dedicated local stakeholders, completed the two-year planning project on time and within budget.

Numerous plan recommendations are eligible for Clean Water Act Section 319 funding support; applications are due to Illinois EPA by August 1. An implementation kick-off meeting will be convened over the summer with details still to be worked out.

In the meantime, both the full plan and the executive summary can be accessed via the FREP's 9 Lakes Watershed webpage HERE.
CMAP begins planning for the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
The Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed planning project got underway with a first meeting held on June 5 at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock. A variety of local interests gathered to hear an update on the Boone Creek Watershed Protection and Restoration Strategy, learn about the Loyola Ecology Campus, and begin a discussion of planning goals.

CMAP staff also received feedback on ideas for partitioning the planning area into study units. Work on the watershed resource inventory will be underway during the summer.

The next planning meeting is scheduled for September 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Village of McCullom Lake Village Hall, 4811 W. Orchard Dr., McCullom Lake.

A new Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed webpage with documents, information on meetings, and more is currently under contruction on the FREP website HERE.
Future issues of the Downstream will report the progress and meeting information.

For more information, contact Holly Hudson at CMAP: 312.386.8700 or hhudson@cmap.illinois.gov .
Boone Creek Watershed Alliance Website
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 Watershed Plan     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

A Corridor Plan for the Fox River in the Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville
The Village of Algonquin (located in McHenry and Kane Counties) and the Village of Carpentersville (located in Kane County) share one of the region's great natural amenities—the Fox River. The Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville are collaborating to create a corridor plan for the Fox River to increase access to the river, improve water quality, and enhance the downtown area of each community.

The project area starts at approximately Klasen Road in Algonquin to the north and ends at Carpentersville's southern border. The Fox River Corridor Plan was inspired by the recently completed subarea plans for the Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville.  With the help of CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program, the Village of Algonquin completed its Downtown Planning Study in March 2013; and the Village of Carpentersville completed its Old Town Plan in July 2012.  Both planning reports include recommendations to enhance recreational use of and access to the Fox River.

The Public Kick-off for the project is:

Tuesday, July 29, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
St. John's Lutheran School,  300 Jefferson Street, Algonquin, IL, 60102

CMAP Link    Flyer         
To RSVP, which is encouraged but not required, contact Samantha Robinson
srobinson@cmap.illinois.gov  or 312-386-8712.
 
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
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 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 info@garfieldfarm.org.
Saturday, August 9
11 - 4 PM
St. Charles River Corridor Foundation's 8th Annual Bob Leonard Community Walk and 5K/10K Races
Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles
FEE    Registration     LINK
Sunday, August 24
11 - 4 PM
Garfield Farm Museum’s 25th Annual Heirloom Garden Show
Currently seeking exhibitors     Call (630)584-8485 or email info@garfieldfarm.org
Show open to public  FEE

Garfield Farm Museum is five miles west of Geneva, IL off ILL Route 38 on Garfield Road. The 375 acre museum is supported by donations and is the only surviving historically intact former 1840’s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn being restored as an 1840’s working farm museum.    Website
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!
Sept. 16- Oct. 11 Openlands TreeKeepers™ Class at The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532
4 week course    FEE    LINK
Saturday
Sept. 20
1 - 4 PM
Explore the Outdoors at It’s Our River Day
Village of Algonquin Conservation Community Day
Cornish Park in Downtown Algonquin
 
Funding Opportunity
Priority Lake and Watershed Implementation Program (PLWIP)  LINK to Application   Deadline August 15

IL EPA is now accepting applications for Priority Lake and Watershed Implementation Program projects.  These are “shovel ready” projects that will improve lake/pond water quality. There is no match requirement but in kind services and matches are prioritized higher.  We have funds for about 3-5 projects this year.  Please see attached application or our website for more information.
 
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: www.nationalbiodiversityteachin.com

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
 
  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 diane_banta@nps.gov     (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 Govrickcecilia@co.kane.il.us
   •  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  svancil@lakecountyil.gov
FYI - The Center for Watershed Protection will have a new address, as of July 21:
     3290 North Ridge Road Suite 290, Ellicott City, MD 21043
     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
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