FREP E-Downstream
Monday, November 9, 2015                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting
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
The Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) began studying coal tar-based sealants as an environmental protection issue. Upon recognizing that these sealants contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a known carcinogen, and pose a threat to humans as well as the environment, BACOG and its Water Resources Committee initiated a public education campaign in summer 2015 to alert residents.

Executive Director Janet Agnoletti will review the work done to date and actions being considered by BACOG’s member governments, such as municipal bans, an intergovernmental agreement, or a joint resolution to limit use of coal tar sealants.

Committee member Faye Sinnott will discuss the research conducted by the USGS and other agencies that shows how much PAH is given off by coal tar sealants and how it gets into humans and aquatic ecosystems.
FREP Executive Committee will be meeting in December. Date TBA
Coal tar sealants in a parking lot and near a creek
Examples of how coal tar sealants can be found in the community:
Above, a home driveway
Below, in a drainage area
President's Message

When planning membership meetings, one goal of the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership is to find speakers on topical issues. The November 18th membership meeting will focus on the coal tar sealants that are used on many driveways and parking lots. In addition to the health risks coal tar sealants pose, they also contaminate stormwater and can be hazardous to aquatic life.

I hope you will join us to learn about measures being taken to phase out these sealants as well as alternatives to their use.

Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
FREP Officers Election in January
Call for nominees for FREP Vice President and Treasurer

Our annual election will take place at the January 13th meeting. We are currently looking for nominees for the position of Vice President and Treasurer.

Officers meet approximately five times a year, generally at 11 AM, before a 1 PM FREP Membership Meeting. Other business is conducted through email. The Vice President position does not automatically need to commit to serving as president, though this has often been the case.

The new Treasurer would take over management of the existing FREP Harris Bank and PayPal accounts, and provide financial reports, retrieved electronically, from bank records. The Treasurer also oversees the payment of any invoices (payments also made, electronically), and files the required annual tax documents.

If you are interested in filling one of these positions and participating more actively in the FREP organization, please contact Katie Parkhurst, Nominations Chair, at 847-658-4184 or email her at
FREP Membership Meetings & Noon Networks moving to the 2nd Wednesday of the month for 2016
The FREP Executive Committee has decided to move our meetings to the 2nd Wednesday of the month, to avoid some conflicting meetings and programs that we don't want membership to miss.
The new 2016 schedule:

January 13, 2016   
February 10, 2016  
April 13, 2016
May 11, 2016        
June 8, 2016         
August 10, 2016    
Sept. 14, 2016      
Oct. 12, 2016       
Nov. 9, 2016        
December 2016     

FREP Membership Meeting/Annual Elections   Crystal Lake
FREP Noon Network    Location & Program TBA
No Membership Meeting -- Fox River Summit in Wisconsin
FREP Noon Network -- Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation in Oswego
FREP Membership Meeting   Location & Program TBA
FREP Noon Network    Location & Program TBA
Possible social or recreational activity TBA
FREP Noon Network    Location & Program TBA
FREP Membership Meeting   Location & Program TBA
FREP Noon Network    Location & Program TBA
FREP Membership Meeting   Location & Program TBA
No Meeting

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 Offered
FREP offers 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
Upcoming FREP Meetings & Programs:
FREP MEMBERSHIP MEETING & Annual Election of Officers
Wednesday, January 13, 2016  
1 PM   Location in Crystal Lake TBA
Program:  The Protection & Stewardship of Crystal Lake and its Watershed, Hey & Associates
Wednesday, April 13, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
    Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation

UPDATE:  We were pleased to receive this notice on October 6, 2015:

Thank you for your application for technical assistance from the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program for Fiscal Year 2016.  Although we have not received an approved budget from Congress and the President, we would like to confirm that your application requesting assistance for the Illinois and Wisconsin Fox River Water Trail Initiative meets our program goals and application criteria.

Consequently, we have preliminarily accepted your application and fully expect to continue our assistance once the budget is finally approved.

FREP will be organizing a planning process once this is finalized.

For more information, visit the committee's webpage HERE , or contact Karen Ann Miller at
FREP Membership Roll
Thank you to those below who have responded for 2015-16
We are currently at 84% 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
Applied Ecological Services
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 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
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
Nancy Williamson & Steve Byers, Friends, Lakewood
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, November 12, 2015   1 PM      AGENDA
McHenry Township offices, 3703 N. Richmond Road
(Rt. 31) in Johnsburg, IL 

Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
Boone-Dutch Creek stakeholders met on October 15 at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) in Woodstock.  CMAP staff provided updates on detention basin, streambank, and lake shoreline field assessments that were completed during the summer.  Ders Anderson reported on fish sampling he and several stakeholders conducted at ten more sites within Boone and Dutch Creeks and two Fox River tributaries.  Several fish species recognized in the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan as species in greatest need of conservation were collected, including blacknose dace, brook stickleback, mottled sculpin, and American brook lamprey.  Andrea Cline with Geosyntec presented their initial analysis of watershed-wide BMPs and implementation scenarios.  Dr. Bobbi Lammers described  various efforts undertaken and planned to restore natural areas on the LUREC campus.

The next planning meeting is on Thursday, November 12, 2015, 1 PM, at the McHenry Township offices, 3703 N. Richmond Road (Rt. 31) in Johnsburg, IL.

Several aspects of the developing watershed plan will be covered, including draft planning and ordinance recommendations and an estimate of the value of ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure.  Stakeholder input is needed to fulfill several “monitoring success” components of the plan, including determining interim measureable milestones, criteria, and a monitoring component to track progress.  
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:
Thursday, November 19
5-8:30 PM
Conservation Foundation Membership & Awards Dinner
Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn
Program:  Effects of Climate Change on Birds in the Chicago Region
  Douglas Stotz, PhD, a Conservation Ecologist and Ornithologist
  at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago
FEE  Reservations Required   LINK
Friday, March 18, 2016 4th Annual Fox River Summit
Burlington, WI    Details to come       Our Summit Page with info about past Summits
Thursday, April 7, 2016 Annual Envirothon for high school students
Danada House, Wheaton
Registration Deadline December 1st, 2015
Information at:   KDSWCD     NCCSWCD
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
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