FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, February 4, 2015                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network:
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 
Noon to 1:30 PM
Village of Fox Lake Village Hall
                   66 Thillen Dr., Fox Lake, IL
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
This presentation will discuss a Stormwater Master Plan that was recently developed for the Woodhills Bay Colony, a multi-family residential community encompassing approximately 15 acres in the Village of Fox Lake, Illinois. The Plan presents an overall stormwater management strategy for the community and a framework for addressing the community’s stormwater-related issues and needs using a sustainable approach to stormwater management.

The Plan, which was developed based on desktop and field assessment work conducted by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC) staff under a Watershed Management Board Grant from SMC, identifies actions and/or provides concept designs for projects that could be used to address each of the more than 60 individual stormwater-related issues affecting the community.

SMC staff, representatives of the Woodhills Bay Colony Homeowners Association, and representatives of the Village of Fox Lake all worked together on the Plan to identify and inventory the stormwater infrastructure serving the community, investigate and evaluate the community’s stormwater-related issues and needs, and identify and develop potential solutions to those issues. The Plan is intended to guide decision-making within the Woodhills Bay Colony over approximately the next ten years and to be updated periodically as projects are implemented and community stormwater management goals are achieved.  

Our thanks to the Village of Fox Lake for agreeing to host and for making a room available for this Noon Network.
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
At our January meeting it was decided that FREP would start offering PDHs (Professional Development Hours) for attendance at our programs for those who request them on the sign-in sheets. We will be developing 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.
3rd Annual Fox River Summit
Friday, March 20, 2015   7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Veterans Terrace at Echo Park
589 Milwaukee Avenue Burlington, WI 53105

$35 Registration - Online Only by March 19
  $50 at the door

CLICK HERE for details and to register
Topics include:
• The Rock River Trail Initiative: Its History, Vision and Goals
• The Mechanics of Establishing and Promoting a System of
   Recreational Trails for the Rock River Trail Initiative
• How to Implement stream restoration projects/lessons
   learned in the Nippersink Watershed
• The FoxChain O’Lakes Health Report for 2014
• Meeting municipal EPA responsibilities with students
  & social media
• Water Action Volunteer Monitoring Program in the
  Upper Fox River
• How to talk to and Engage Farmers in watershed planning
• USEPA 9-Element Watershed Planning experiences
• Birds, Waters, Landscapes & People, Potential in the
  Fox River watershed?
• Updated activities from the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership
   & Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission
   and much much more…
CLICK HERE for details and to register
President's Message
If you have been reading your Downstream newsletter over the past year, you have learned about the National Water Trail System which is a program of the National Park Service (NPS). In August, Angie Tornes from the NPS presented at FREP’s Noon Network about the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. The program offers technical assistance for water trail development that can result in designation as part of the National Water Trail System. The FREP Executive Committee recently voted to form a committee to seek this technical assistance with the goal of applying for designation as part of the National Water Trail System on one or more areas of the Fox. Karen Miller will be chairing the committee. Please see the information below if you would like to join.

FREP members first learned about the National Water Trail System and technical assistance at the 2nd Annual Fox River Summit. Presentations such as this from last year’s summit lead to ideas for new collaborative programs for FREP. I have no doubt that the 3rd Annual Fox River Summit on March 20th will do the same. Registration is now open. I look forward to seeing many of you there!   
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
Annual Election of Officers
The following officers were elected at our January meeting. Thank you for your commitment to serve FREP in 2015!

President:  Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Vice President: Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates
Secretary:  Andrea Cline, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Treasurer:  Matt Bardol, Geosyntec Consultants
National Water Trail System - Fox River
At our January 21st FREP Executive Committee meeting it was decided to form a committee to pursue technical assistance aimed at eventual application for designation as part of the National Water Trails System from the NPS on one or more areas of the Fox River. 

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 network is overseen by a community of water resource managers who benefit from ongoing information sharing and collaboration. The System serves to bring existing and newly identified water trails together into one cohesive national network.

The NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program offers technical assistance for water trail development and can culminate in designation as part of the National Water Trails System.   FREP first learned about the NPS Water Trails System at the 2nd Annual Fox River Summit in March of last year and also at a recent FREP meeting where Angie Tornes from the NPS was invited to provide more details on the National Water Trails System.

If you are interested in joining a committee to pursue National Water Trails System designation, please contact Karen Ann Miller at  
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:

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 dues total, 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
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
The next stakeholder meeting is set for February 12, 2015, at the Village of Ringwood. CMAP staff will provide updated watershed resource inventory information as well as an  overview of local comprehensive plans and ordinances in relation to how they address a variety of water quality and natural resource protection indicators.

Continued stakeholder input is essential as the process begins to specifically identify watershed protection measures including planning and policy recommendations, best management practice implementation projects, and public information and education activities. 

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
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

Nippersink Creek Watershed  

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition

Spring Creek Watershed 

Tyler Creek Watershed   Webpages

Woods Creek Watershed Study Stakeholders 

Award-winning film about dams to be made available for screenings in the Fox River Watershed
FREP is working with other watershed groups (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.

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 and 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.

We will post future screenings on the FREP website and in the Downstream.  If you are interested in hosting a screening, please contact Becky Hoag at
For more information about DamNation:
Visit the film's website and watch the trailer HERE
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:
February 11, 2015

8 AM to Noon
Soil Erosion Sediment Control from the Office Seminar
Elgin Community College, Seigle Auditorium, Building E 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin

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
February 13, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Meet the Odonates (Dragonflies)
Community Center, 5N082 Old La Fox Road, Wasco/Campton Hills
Presented by Campton Township Open Space Program
Learn about these amazing creatures from Garath Blakesley, Director of the Illinois Odonate Survey (Dragonfly Monoitoring Network), and Operations Manager for the Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens in Palos Heights.  View photographs of these beautiful and fascinating insects, and learn about their complex flight mechanisms, how they hunt, and the role they play in our ecosystems.  Also learn how you can actively contribute to their preservation.

FREE   Website
Thursday & Friday
Feb. 19 & 20, 2015
The Illinois Lake Management Association (ILMA) 2015 Annual Conference
Northern Illinois University in DeKalb
FEE  Registration   Website
February 26, 2015
GreenTown Aurora
Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora     Website     Flyer    Agenda
Seven years after the first GreenTown in Aurora, the experience returns to chart progress and spur further development of sustainability initiatives in Illinois’ second largest city and the Fox River Valley. Hear Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, and Two Brothers co-founder Jim Ebel, among others. This event is limited to 150 industry leaders, community leaders, and sustainability enthusiasts from around the region.
March 20, 2015
3rd Annual Fox River Summit
BBurlington, WI    Registration info HERE  Details above
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
  Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director of CMAP, is the new Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation. His last day at CMAP was January 30th.
  Morton Arboretum offers a variety of programs through it Community Trees Program
Click HERE for details
  Center for Watershed Protection’s 2015 Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
Date:  2/18      Noon to 1:30 PM               1 CEC/2 PDH per webcast       FREE
Hosted by the Kane County Division of Environmental & Water Resources
Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave. in Geneva, Building A, Conference room 126 on 1st floor
   This event is FREE and open to all MS4 staff and environmental partners.
  Feel free to bring a bag lunch to the webinar. 
   The topic on 2/18 is:     Using Illicit Discharge Programs to Monitor Bacteria

Nationally, bacteria is the leading impairment, especially for urban streams.  Bacteria TMDLs are widespread, and it is challenging to track the sources of these impairments. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) is one of the six minimum measures for MS4s.  Programs around the country are exploring methods to retool IDDE programs to monitor for, detect, and track bacteria sources.  This webcast will feature common-sense and economical approaches for IDDE-based bacteria monitoring, featuring several successful case studies.
[Credits: 2 PDHs, equivalent to 0.2 CEUs].

An RSVP is not required to attend the webcast, but handouts will only be printed for attendees who RSVP by February 17th to Cecilia Govrik at or 630-208-8665
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.

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