FREP E-Downstream
Friday, September 5, 2014                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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
                 Jack Darin, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Illinois
Jack always brings us great information and insights at his annual visit to FREP. This year he'd like to talk about the significance of the Fox River Study Group's Implementation Plan. For this discussion he will be joined by Cindy Skrukrud, chair of FRSG. Jack will also provide information about the new state legislation passed regarding the Clean Water Initiative and state funding for water projects. And, there will be time for Q&A, so you can ask about issues that concern you.
FREP Executive Committee will be at 11 AM
Dams on the Fox River are one of the focus issues of the Fox River Study Group's Implementation Plan
Above, North Batavia Dam
  Upcoming Dates:
  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,
President's Message
Last year at Frep’s legislative focus meeting, Jack Darin Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Illinois, highlighted legislation that was being written to address Hydraulic Fracturing or “fracking.” While fracking may have a greater impact on the southern part of our state, I feel that it is an issue of which we should all be aware.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be responsible for regulating fracking activity in the state and has now released the revised rules for the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. This is the second public notice of the rules.  You can view the revised rule along with public comments and the agencies responses HERE.

The next FREP membership meeting on September 17th at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center will be our legislative focus meeting.  We are pleased to have Jack Darin as our speaker once again.  Mark your calendar and come to learn about the latest legislative issues concerning water quality and the environment. 
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
Thank you to all who attended the August Noon Network on the National Water Trails system and the potential for the Fox River watershed.  We will continue to explore this and provide more information in future Downstreams.
New FREP Secretary
We are pleased to announce that Andrea Cline of Lake County Stormwater Management Commission has stepped forward to serve as our new FREP secretary. She replaced Jim Reuter has had to resign as he took a position outside the watershed as director of the Carol Stream Park District.

Thank you, Andrea, and we look forward to having a Lake County representative on Executive Committee.
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 *

Our goal was to make 100% of last year's membership roll by Sept. 1st

We are currently at 76% of goal. If your name is not listed below, please renew or join today!
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.
Applied Ecological Services
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Batavia Park District
Baxter & Woodman
Campton Township
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD
John Church, Friend, Oswego
City of Batavia
City of Crystal Lake
City of Elgin
City of Geneva
City of Saint Charles
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
The Conservation Foundation
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
Crystal Lake Park District
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
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-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
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
Jack Shouba, Friend, St. Charles
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
Cindy Skrukrud, Friend, Richmond
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
United City of Yorkville
Shawn Van Kampen, Friend, Aurora
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
Nancy Williamson & Steve Byers, Friends,
  Village of Lakewood
There is an online membership form and link to make your payment through PayPal HERE
A printable/mailable form  HERE
Watershed Planning
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
Plans for the next Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed planning meeting on September 25 are shaping up.

A reconfiguration of study units will be presented along with some initial analysis of the relationship between impervious surface and stream health. The detention basin inventory is underway and the stream assessment will be another discussion topic. CMAP has retained the services of Geosyntec to calculate baseline pollutant loads and load reductions associated with best management practices (i.e., plan recommendations). Preliminary information is expected to be shared at the upcoming meeting. Please plan to join us in McCullom Lake at the Village Hall.

September 25, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Village of McCullom Lake Village Hall
4811 W. Orchard Dr., McCullom Lake

The Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed webpage with documents, information on meetings, and more can be found 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 .
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
   The Watershed-Based Plan was formally
   approved on June 11, 2014.

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:
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.
Early registration rates have been extended through the end of the business day on Friday, September 5th.       Website
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
September 18
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Kendall County Conservation Group Summit ”Conversations about Conservation”
Meadowhawk Lodge Hoover Forest Preserve Fox Rd. -- just west of Yorkville
  Please RSVP by September 10   or 630-553-0687 x 204      Flyer 
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   Website
Of Special Interest
  Professional Development 3rd–8th Grade Teachers Project WET – Water Education for Teachers
   Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (6 hours)
   Pilcher Park Nature Center located at 2501 Highland Park Drive in Joliet 60432
   Presented by: The Conservation Foundation and the Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District

  Professional Development 3rd – 8th Grade Teachers Project Learning Tree - PLT
   Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (6 hours)
   Pilcher Park Nature Center located at 2501 Highland Park Drive in Joliet 60432
   Presented by: The Conservation Foundation and the Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
  From CMAP:

FLIP applications.  Applications for CMAP's 2014-15 Future Leaders in Planning program are due September 22, 2014.  Participating high school students from throughout the region meet one Saturday per month to learn about issues that shape our region's economy and quality of life.
Contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

2014 ArcGIS workshops.  CMAP periodically offers a Two-Day ArcGIS Basic 10.1 Workshop, and available dates include September 17-18, November 5-6, and December 3-4.  The cost is $350.  For more information and to register, please contact Jan Drennan (  
  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
  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
FYI - The Center for Watershed Protection will has a new address, as of July 21:
     3290 North Ridge Road Suite 290, Ellicott City, MD 21043
     Illinois RiverWatcher Fall 2014 Issue
  Mississippi River Watershed Education Symposium, November 14 & 15, 2014, Alton, Illinois
    Hosted by National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
    Keynote presentations by Sean O’Connor of National Geographic and Chad Pregacke of Living Lands & Waters.
    FEE  Reservations required    FLYER
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