From FREP President Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller
Happy Holidays and thank you for being a FREP member!
I would like to thank all of our members for their ongoing support of FREP. I saw many new faces this year as we continued to increase our outreach efforts. In 2015 we featured many interesting programs and tours, showed the documentary Damnation at multiple locations, and participated in the third annual Fox River Summit.

Possibly the most exciting news is that FREP was selected to receive technical assistance through the National Water Trails program to create a designated water trail on the entire length of the Fox River. (Scroll down to see more information about this initiative.)

FREP is your organization and the executive committee likes to hear feedback from our members, so please feel free to contact anyone of us with your ideas for programs, suggestions, or questions you might have. FREP would not be here today without the support of our members.

FREP programs and meetings move all around the watershed so we can see interesting projects and enable our members to have activities near them.  We hope you will read the monthly Downstream newsletter for details on the upcoming programs.

In addition, the fourth annual Fox River Summit will be held on March 18 in Burlington, WI.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Illinois and Wisconsin Fox River watershed stakeholders to come together to learn and share what we are doing to preserve and protect the Fox River.

May the year 2016 bring us more projects and opportunities to improve the health and sustainability of our watershed.
                                                Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
    2015 FREP Executive Committee
   
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, President
   Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Jeff Mengler, Vice President
   Hey & Associates
Andrea Cline, Secretary
   Geosyntec Consultants
Matt Bardol, Treasurer
   Geosyntec Consultants
Katie Parkhurst, Past President
   Village of Algonquin
    Advisors
Agriculture:               Janice Hill, Kane County Development Department  
Conservation Design:   Rob Linke, Kane County Division of Environmental & Water Resources  
Education:                 Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District  
Government Relations: Karen Miller, Kane County Development Department
Habitat:                    Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates
Lakes:                      Holly Hudson, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Water Resources:       Dan Lobbes, The Conservation Foundation

Representative to Fox River Study Group:   Candice Jacobs, Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation Dist.

Ex Officio Members
  Bill Donnell, City of Aurora                                Cindy Skrukrud, Sierra Club
  John Church, The Conservation Foundation         Tim Pollowy, Hey & Associates

Nancy Williamson, IDNR, Ecosystem Administrator             Becky Hoag, FREP Communications Manager
     
    2016 Annual Elections to be held at our January 13th Meeting in Crystal Lake
    Our slate of officers for the 2016 election:
    President - Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates
Vice President - Maggie Soliz, Applied Ecological Serivces
Secretary - Andrea Cline, Geosyntec Consultants
Treasurer - Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
    Other nominations will be accepted from the floor, prior to the vote.
If you have any nominations or questions about the slate, please contact Katie Parhurst, Nominations Chair
at KatieParkhurst@algonquin.org
FREP Membership Roll for 2015-16
A Big Thank you to all who responded this year!
The FREP Membership Roll for 2015-16 is also posted on our website HERE.
Links are provided for those members who have websites
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
Meetings & Noon Networks in the coming year:
Please note:  We are changing our Meetings & Noon Networks to the 2nd Wednesday of the month in 2016
Membership Meetings
Wednesday, January 13, 2016      1 PM
    
Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
Location: 
West Beach Recreation Building
               Crystal Lake Park Dist.
               2330 Lake Avenue, Lakewood, IL 

Program: 
The Protection & Stewardship of Crystal Lake                  and its Watershed
               Presented by Hey & Associates  


*Note:  If you are interested in holding an office in FREP or otherwise participating in the FREP Executive Committee, please email foxriverinfo@comcast.net and it will be passed on to the nominations committee, in preparation for our elections in January.

The Executive Committee meets at 11 AM

March 2016 Meeting:
We will not be holding a March meeting. Instead, we encourage everyone to attend the
Fox River Summit in Burlington, Wisconsin on Friday, March 18, 2016.
Registration details coming soon.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016  1 PM
Algonquin Village Hall
FREP Meetings and programs are open to the public
FREP NOON NETWORKS
Wednesday, February 10 , 2016      Noon - 1:30 PM
 
Open
Wednesday, April 13 , 2016      Noon - 1:30 PM
 Program:  Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation
                 Oswego
Wednesday, June  8, 2016      Noon - 1:30 PM
Open
Wednesday, August 10, 2016      Noon - 1:30 PM
Open
Noon Networks are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Bring your lunch to eat during the program.
If you are interested in hosting a FREP meeting and/or providing a meeting program or FREP Noon Network Program,
please email foxriverinfo@comcast.net and we will be happy to arrange it.
FREP Programs featured in 2015
Noon Networks in 2015 included:
February Woodhills Bay Colony Stormwater Master Plan: Stormwater Retrofit & Green Infrastructure Planning
              at the Subdivision Scale
presented by Michael E. Novotney, PE, Water Resources Professional,
              Lake County Stormwater Management Commission;
April screening in Elgin of the documentary Damnation;
June tour of Fox Valley Park District's Naturalized Areas at the Stuart Sports Complex;
August tour of the Silver Lake Bioinfiltration Basins and Oakwood Hills Fen Stream Corridor Restoration Projects
October screening in Batavia of the documentary Damnation.

FREP Meeting programs included:
January Assessing harmful algal blooms (HABs) in Lake County surface waters by Mike Adam, Senior Biologist,
             Lake County Health Dept.;
March the Fox River Summit with a wide variety of presentations that can be found HERE;
May Tour of the Afton Forest Preserve with DeKalb County Forest Preserve Superintendent Terry Hannan
       and his staff;
July social event and tour of the Japanese Tea Garden at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva;
September Agricultural Conservation Best Management Practices & Nutrient Load Reduction Strategy,
                 presented by Megan Andrews of Kendall County SWCD;
November a program on Coal Tar Sealants Other High PAH Pavement Sealants presented by Janet Agnoletti,
                Executive Director, andFaye Sinnott, Committee Member of the Barrington Area Council of
                Governments/BACOG
Many of our program presentations are available in pdfs on the Presentations Page of our website HERE

Presentations from past Fox River Summits are available HERE
 
Fox River Water Trail Initiative
FREP has joined with the Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Partnership and other partners to pursue the designation of all or portions of the Fox River in Wisconsin and Illinois as a National Water Trail through the National Park Services' National Water Trail System. Technical assistance from the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program has been awarded and planning in now proceeding.
December Update:  The current Core Development Team (Karen Miller from FREP, Angie Tornes from the National Park Service, Greg Farnham from the Rock River Trail Initiative, Tom Slawski from the Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Partnership and Barb Messick and Rebecca Ewald from the Village of Waterford, Wis.) held their second meeting on Monday, Dec. 7th at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Glacial Park. 

Brian Daly from CMAP is the newest member of our Team but was unable to attend on the 7th. Brian will determine if CMAP can assist us with mapping.  Tom Slawski is still waiting to hear back from the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission about their interest/willingness in providing mapping assistance.

We decided upon a Mission Statement. We brainstormed a Vision Statement and Barb Messick will wordsmith a draft for the next meeting. Angie provided examples of vision, mission statements and goals developed for other water trails as well as resources available on water trail planning from the National Park Service. She also suggested we look at the Iowa DNR Water Trail website and the resources offered through American Trails.

Greg Farnham prepared a list of contacts for the municipalities along the Fox River. The Team discussed existing maps of the Fox River and how they may be a valuable resource as we develop the Water Trail. 

After the meeting Karen forwarded information about the Northeastern Il Water Trails Map Summary and the Northeastern Il Regional Greenways and Trail Map. We discussed where the headwaters of the Fox River are located. 

After the meeting, Tom Slawski checked the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ surface water data viewer website and  was able to confirm that although a very small portion of the Upper Fox River Watershed is located in Colgate, Washington County, the real stream of the Fox River actually begins in the Town of Lisbon, Waukesha County. So, it is much more accurate to say that the “Fabulous” Fox River begins in the Town of Lisbon. In addition, Lannon Creek, which is the first named creek that joins with the Fox River also originates in the Town of Lisbon. The Team’s next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 4th in Wisconsin.
Information about the Water Trail Initiative is available on our website HERE.
 
Subwatershed Planning
Many subwatershed groups have been active, developing watershed plans and/or working
to follow guidelines in an approved plan.
The Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed-based Plan is nearing completion. Stakeholders met on November 12 at the McHenry Township offices and on December 10 at the Village of McCullom Lake. 

Activities focused on the review of planning and ordinance recommendations and revised watershed-wide BMP scenarios, and on stakeholder input on outreach and education opportunities and numerous measures for tracking and measuring plan implementation. 

Next, site-specific BMP pollutant load reduction and implementation cost estimates will be finalized and sent to the planning participants for their review. 

CMAP staff will then wrap up the final draft and send the document to Illinois EPA at year’s end for their review. The draft plan also will be posted on the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning web page on the FREP website.

The next meeting of Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed stakeholders will be a plan implementation kick-off event in February 2016.  Stay tuned to future e-Downstream newsletters for a date, time, and location announcement.         
Active Subwatershed groups and links to their websites/webpage:
9 Lakes Watershed Plan     Webpage

Blackberry Creek Watershed   
Webpage

Boone Creek Watershed Alliance  
Website

Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed 
Webpage

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 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
Friday,
March 18, 2016
4th Annual Fox River Summit
Burlington, Wisconsin
details to come
Thursday,
April 7, 2016
Envirothon 2016
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.
Scenic Photography by Mike Hoag
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