FREP E-Downstream
Monday, January 12, 2015                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, January 21, 2015,  1 PM
Annual Meeting & Election of Officers

Location:  Aurora City Hall
                44 E. Downer Place, 5th Floor
      Parking on South Water St. or Stolp Garage

Program:  Assessing harmful algal blooms (HABs)
                in Lake County surface waters
Presenter:
 Mike Adam, Senior Biologist, Lake County Health Dept.
The Lake County Health Department (LCHD) annually monitors approximately 100 swimming beaches, which are daily used by thousands of people during the summer season.

Public health is currently assessed based on levels of the indicator bacteria E. coli. Toxins from harmful algal blooms (HABs) are not considered.  Due to extensive blooms in 2012 in numerous Illinois lakes, the Illinois EPA partnered with the LCHD in 2013 and 2014 to assess the presence of HABs at swimming beaches and recreational waters in Lake County. In addition to localized bloom events in lakes, 30 beaches were routinely monitored bi-monthly.

Results from this pilot study will be presented and implications for public health will be discussed.
FREP Executive Committee will meet
at 11 AM
 
Photo from CMAP website
Upcoming Dates:
  FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, February 18, 2015  Noon to 1:30 PM
Topic:  Woodhills Bay Colony Stormwater Master Plan:
           Stormwater Retrofit & Green Infrastructure Planning at the Subdivision Scale
Presenter:  Michael E. Novotney, PE, Water Resources Professional
                  Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Location:  TBA
  3rd Annual Fox River Summit   Friday, March 20, 2015   Burlington, Wisconsin 
  Registration Information to be included in February Downstream.
    Or, check this LINK to watch for the information
  Open Noon Network Date:  April 15, 2015
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.  To arrange to host a FREP Noon Network, please contact Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, 630-482-9157   foxriverinfo@comcast.net
President's Message
If you are concerned about water quality, you know that excess nitrogen and phosphorous have a huge impacts to Illinois streams, rivers and lakes. This in turn impact water all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.  One of the impacts of these conditions can be excessive algal blooms. Learn more about this issue at FREP’s next meeting on January 21st. Mike Adam, Senior Biologist with the Lake County Health Department will be speaking about Assessing Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has been working to develop a strategy to address the problem of excess nitrogen and phosphorous in our waterways.  The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy that the agency developed along with a working group is currently available for public comment. This voluntary strategy highlights strategies for reducing nutrient loads from water treatment plants and urban and agricultural runoff.

I encourage you to read and comment on this document. Comments must be postmarked by midnight January 24, 2015. Click HERE for more information.  
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
Annual Election of Officers
At our annual meeting on January 21st we will be electing officers for 2015. Our Nominations Chair Katie Parkhurst has put together the following slate:

President:  Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Vice President: Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates
Secretary:  TBA
Treasurer:  Matt Bardol, Geosyntec Consultants

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor. In addition to the officers, there are a number of others who serve on the FREP Executive Committee. You can find the full list of our current Executive Committee HERE.
 
Fox River Watershed River & Stream Clean-ups
FREP would like to help publicize and promote volunteer clean-ups being held within the Fox watershed. We will do this by adding a "Clean-up Calendar" page to our website and promoting them in this monthly Downstream e-newsletter.

We want to make this list as comprehensive as possible to show the wide range of clean-up activities in the Fox watershed.

If you are planning a clean-up, or know of one coming up in your area of the watershed, please send details to us at: foxriverinfo@comcast.net

We will post date, location, sponsors, contacts, links and any other details. We would also appreciate some photos!


 
FREP Membership Roll
A Big Thank You to all who responded this year!
We reached 100% of last year's membership, and greatly appreciate your continued
support of the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership
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 in 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 Township
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD
John Church, Friend, Oswego
City of Aurora
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
DeKalb County Forest Preserve District
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Doug Dirks, Friend, St. Charles
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 Forest Preserve District
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
Karen Laskowski, Friend, St. Charles
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
Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, Friend, Crystral Lake
St. Charles Park District
Jack Shouba, Friend, St. Charles
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, Aurora
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
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
Next Meeting:   Thursday, February 12, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Village of Ringwood – Village Hall
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
A draft watershed resource inventory was submitted to Illinois EPA on December 1, 2014, and is posted on the project webpage. At the stakeholder meeting held on December 4, 2014, at the City of McHenry Municipal Center, the draft resource inventory was presented and good discussion held.

Meeting dates through 2015 were also proposed for April 9, June 11, August 20, October 8, and December 10.

At the next stakeholder meeting scheduled for February 12, 2015, at the Ringwood Village Hall, CMAP staff will present an overview of local comprehensive plans and ordinances in relation to how they address a variety of water quality and natural resource protection indicators.

The draft watershed-based plan will continue to evolve as additional requirements are completed over the next several months. Next steps in watershed plan development include completing the watershed resource inventory, identifying watershed protection measures (planning and policy recommendations, best management practice implementation projects, public information and education activities), and setting criteria to measure progress.  

Meeting:
Thursday, February 12, 2015   1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Village of Ringwood – Village Hall
6000 Barnard Mill Road, Ringwood IL  60073
 
CLICK HERE for the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning webpage with documents, information on meetings, and more.
For more information, contact Holly Hudson at CMAP: 312.386.8700 or hhudson@cmap.illinois.gov
 
 
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. They are listed below, with links to their webpages/websites.

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.
 
Subwatershed Links

9 Lakes Watershed Plan     Webpage

Blackberry Creek Watershed   
Webpage

Boone Creek Watershed Alliance  
Website

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed   
Webpage 

Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 
Website

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition
 
   Webpage 

Nippersink Creek Watershed  
Website 

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
January 15, 2015
10:15 - Noon
Water 2050 Regional Forum
233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago
In partnership with the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), CMAP will convene and host a series of discussions throughout the year. Details
Wednesdays
January 21, 2015 &
February 11, 2015

8 AM to Noon
Soil Erosion Sediment Control from the Office Seminar
James Pate Phillip State Park 2054 W. Stearns Rd Bartlett, IL 60103
This half-day seminar hosted by the Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District is designed to take contractors, developers, municipal staff, consultants, and landowners through the soil erosion sediment control planning process from design to construction.
FEE   Registration   Details
Wednesday
January 21, 2015 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Fox River Corridor Plan Visioning Workshop
Carpentersville Public Works Building, 1075 Tamarac Drive, Carpentersville
Hosted by CMAP, Village of Algonquin, and Village of Carpentersville   Details
Friday,
March 20, 2015
3rd Annual Fox River Summit
BBurlington, WI    Registration info available soon
FEE
Wednesday,
April 8, 2015
Envirothon 2015
Annual event for high schoolers to compete in the areas of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current issue in natural resources.
Danada House, Wheaton
Details at: Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation Dist.
               and North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation Dist.
 
Of Special Interest
  Morton Arboretum offers a variety of programs through it Community Trees Program
    
Click HERE for details
  U.S. Forest Service’s Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program The purpose of the program is to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to nonforest uses and provide community benefits. Some of these benefits include sustainable forest management; clean air, water, wildlife habitat, and other environmental benefits; forest-based educational programs; service as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access. Grant applications are due to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources by January 16, 2015. Details
 
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