FREP E-Downstream
Monday, October 5, 2015                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, October 21, 2015      Noon - 2 PM
Screening of the documentary Damnation
Location:  Batavia City Hall Council Chambers
               100 N. Island Ave., Batavia
                FREE, open to the public, reservations not required
FREP has partnered with The Conservation Foundation, Sierra Club IL Chapter Water Sentinels, and Friends of the Fox River to obtain the film "DAMNATION" and make it available for screenings and educational programs in the Fox River watershed. We are pleased to be able to show it in Batavia for our October FREP Noon Network.
With discussions of dams and dam removal becoming much more frequent in the watershed, this film can help expand the knowledge and enhance the awareness of the role dams have played, and now play, in our local and national waterways. While removal of every dam is not the goal, educating our communities about their dams will help them decide if dam removal is the best option to improve the health of the river and its surrounding community.
Visit the film's website and watch the trailer HERE

Our Damnation webpage
Upcoming FREP Programs:
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015  1 PM 
Location:  Barrington Area Library
                505 N Northwest Hwy
                Barrington, IL 60010
  Hosted by Barrington Area Council of Governments

Program:  Coal Tar Sealants
BACOG has been doing research for a while and now provide public education to residents of the BACOG region about the potential dangers of coal tar sealants to human health and the environment.  BACOG will also consider an intergovernmental agreement, resolution, or MOU similar to the DuPage/Salt Creek MOU this fall. One of their municipalities has adopted a ban and a second is considering one. They will be sharing their knowledge and experience about this issue.
FREP Executive Committee will meet at 11 AM
Wednesday, February 17, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  OPEN --  TBA
  If you have a suggestion for this date,
  please let us know! 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation
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,
  PDHs Now Offered
FREP is now offering PDHs (Professional Development Hours) for attendance at our programs for those who request them on the sign-in sheets. We have developed a system to email a certificate to those who make the request.

The programs presented have been excellent and we are happy to adding this benefit to our attendees.

Many of our past presentations are available in pdf form HERE
President's Message

Fall is my favorite season. I enjoy the crisp temperature and watching the trees change colors. Oak trees are a central part of the Illinois landscape. These trees and forests in general help to improve water quality and human health, yet they are threatened due to factors such as habitat loss and invasive species. In order to raise awareness of these important trees, Governor Rauner has proclaimed this month to be Oaktober.

There are number of oak themed activities going on throughout the state. You can find a nearby Oaktober event HERE, and see information below for two events in our watershed.

Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
OAKtober 2015

 Saturday, October 17th, 10 am-4pm
WASCO NURSERY, 41W781 Rt. 64, Wasco           
It's time to celebrate our native trees, the mighty Oak!
Come for a day filled with fun and education. There will be educational seminars, activities and hay rides.


    10:00 AM       Mike Redmer, US Fish & Wildlife - Butterfly Habitat Garden in Campton Township
   11:30 AM       Jim Kleinwachter, The Conservation Foundation  - Conservation at Home
     1:00 PM       Karen Miller, Kane County Development Dept.  - Kane Oak Ecosystems
     2:30 PM       Representative from St. Charles Park Dist.

Saturday, October 17th, 1-4pm   FREE
100 Oaks for 100 Years  - McHenry County Conservation District
Lost Valley Visitor Center—Glacial Park
Celebrate the strength and stature of our majestic oaks and their importance throughout McHenry County and the Chicagoland region! Rebuild an oak ecosystem as part of the Regional Oak Recovery Plan, made possible by a ComEd Green Region grant. Bring your family, friends and neighbors and join in on our OAKtober planting party!
 Drop in or stay the afternoon!
• Help plant hundreds of oak trees and their ecosystem companion plants.
• Make an oak-themed craft or play oak-related games.
• Enjoy live traditional bluegrass music by Truman’s Ridge.
• Be amongst the oaks of Glacial Park on a guided hike.
• Get tips on how to care for your oaks at home and watch tree climbing demonstrations by professional
   arborists from Davey Tree Service.
• Purchase young, locally-grown oaks for sale by The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and learn about
  their Oak Keepers volunteer program.
• Listen to stories of oaks.
• Bring a picnic lunch or buy food from a local vendor.
UPDATE:  On July 31st FREP submitted an application to the National Park Service for technical assistance to develop a water trails initiative for the entire length of the Fox River.  The Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Partnership and the town of Waterford, Wisconsin are interested in partnering with FREP on this initiative.  The National Water Trails System, established by the National Park Service (NPS), is a network of water trails the public can explore and enjoy. The System serves to bring existing and newly identified water trails together into one cohesive national network.

We hope to hear back from NPS by the end of October.

For more information, visit the committee's webpage HERE , or contact Karen Ann Miller at
FREP Membership Roll
Our 2015-16 Membership Drive is underway. Statements were sent out in June.
Thank you to those below who have responded for 2015-16
We are currently at 81% of last year's total 
If you haven't renewed your membership yet, we hope you will support FREP again this year!
Michael Ander, Friend, Sleepy Hollow
Barrington Area Conservation Trust
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Batavia Park District
Baxter & Woodman
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD
John Church, Friend, Oswego
City of Aurora
City of Batavia
City of Crystal Lake
Doug Dirks, Friend, St. Charles
City of Elgin
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
The Conservation Foundation
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
Crystal Lake Park District
DeKalb County Forest Preserve District
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. - EEI
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Fox River Water Reclamation District, Elgin
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
Friends of the Fox River
Geneva Park District
Geosyntec Consultants
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
Hey & Associates
Holly Hudson, Friend, Elgin
Kane County Development & Community Services Dept
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation 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
Living Waters Consultants
Julie Long, Friend, St. Charles
McHenry County Conservation District
McHenry County Conservation Foundation
Oswegoland Park District
Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, Friend, Crystral Lake
Jack Shouba, Friend, St. Charles
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
St. Charles Park District
Laura Ross Stuart, Friend, Geneva
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
United City of Yorkville
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
The FREP Membership Roll 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.
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, October 15, 2015      1:00 – 3:00 p.m.   
Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Rd., Woodstock IL  60098

Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
Boone-Dutch Creek stakeholders met on June 11 at the Village of Johnsburg. Discussion focused on watershed protection and restoration practices. Several potential site-specific best management practice (BMP) projects were submitted by local stakeholders, addressing streambank stabilization and channel restoration, riparian buffer establishment, and wetland restoration.

Additionally, CMAP staff has identified numerous detention basin retrofit opportunities. In terms of  watershed-wide BMP scenarios, the group discussed which BMPs to include, among them bioretention facilities, vegetated swales, permeable pavement, green roofs, field borders, and stream buffers. Next steps will be to estimate pollutant load reductions and implementation costs for the site-specific and watershed-wide BMP scenarios.

The topic of information and education activities, another required element of EPA-compliant watershed-based plans, was also begun. To address issues of concern, stakeholders are encouraged to submit specific education and outreach needs and ideas by the end of July to Holly Hudson at CMAP.            
Next Meeting:
Thursday, October 15, 2015   1 PM 
Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Rd., Woodstock IL  60098
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
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   

Boone Creek Watershed Alliance  

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed   

Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition        Webpage 

Nippersink Creek Watershed  

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:
Tuesday & Thursday,
October 27-29
15th Biennial Governor's Conference on the Management
of the Illinois River System

Pere Marquette, Peoria, Illinois
Thursday, Oct. 29
9:30 AM - Noon
Fox River Study Group Annual Meeting
Batavia City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 N. Island, Avenue
Friday, March 18, 2016 4th Annual Fox River Summit
Burlington, WI    Details to come         Our Summit Page with info about past Summits
Of Special Interest
  Center for Watershed Protection’s  Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
     Date:  Wednesday   Nov. 18     See times below  
1 CEC/2 PDH per webcast       FREE
    Available at 2 locations:
    •  Sponsored by Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources   Noon to 1:30 PM  
       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 locations     Noon to 2 PM 
      FREE - Bring your own lunch 
      RSVP for each one to Darcy Hertel or call (847) 377-7707
  Support McHenry County Conservation Foundation through their upcoming "Tap Your Wild Side" event
    Saturday, October 10, 2015   6-9 PM   
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park, Ringwood 
                Ticket Purchase Required    Details on website HERE
  Fall Issue of RiverWatcher  ONLINE 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