FREP E-Downstream
Monday, March 2, 2015                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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
There is no FREP Membership Meeting in March.
We are encouraging everyone to attend the Summit, instead.
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 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.

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
Watch for a screening date this spring in Batavia
FREP Noon Network:
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 
Noon to 1:30 PM
Heritage Ballroom, The Centre of Elgin
100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Parking garage connected to the Centre or the
          lot, just west of the Centre, along Kimball.

Topic:  A screening of the documentary DAMNATION
Now available on our website:
Our February 18th Noon Network presentation
by Michael E. Novotney, Water Resources Professional
   Lake County Stormwater Management Commission

Woodhills Bay Colony Stormwater Master Plan: Stormwater Retrofit & Green Infrastructure Planning at the Subdivision Scale           HERE
Future Noon Network Dates:
Wednesday, June  17, 2015      Noon - 1:30 PM
    Fox Valley Park District's Naturalized Areas as part of a Sports Complex Expansion 
Location:  Stuart Sports Complex, Aurora
Wednesday, August 19, 2015      Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:     Silver Lake Bioinfiltration Basins and Oakwood Hills Fen Stream Corridor Restoration projects
Location:  Oakwood Hills
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
For the past few years, FREP has not held a March membership meeting so that our members can journey north of the boarder to attend the Fox River Summit. FREP has been helping the Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission to plan the third Fox River Summit which will be held March 20, 2015 from 7:30 am-4:30 pm in Burlington Wisconsin.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about innovative programs and to network with stakeholders throughout the watersheds. Sessions during the will include watershed planning, working with students, and the process of establishing a river trail.

I hope to see you there.   
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
National Water Trail System - Fox River
FREP has formed 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 through our website's Cleanup News page 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
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
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, April 9, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
The Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning project held its fourth meeting on February 12 at the Village of Ringwood’s Village Hall. Updates to and explanations of several aspects of the watershed resource inventory were presented by CMAP staff, and participants offered additional input. A significant part of the meeting focused on a review of several county, township, and municipal plans, as well as ordinance questionnaires filled out by county and municipal personnel. CMAP staff reviewed the comprehensive plans and ordinance questionnaire responses with an eye toward the degree to which principles for protecting water quality were integrated, and looked for gaps and opportunities for improvement.

A robust discussion among participants followed. Recommendations to consider in future comprehensive plans and ordinances will be included in the Boone-Dutch Watershed-based Plan.

The next stakeholder meeting is scheduled for April 9 at 1:00 p.m. at a location to be finalized. An overview of the stream data that IEPA used for their assessment of Boone Creek will be presented, as will chloride data collected by Ed Ellinghausen. A presentation on the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses also is planned, a topic that ties into the next watershed planning focus of identifying BMP opportunities.  
Thursday, April 9, 2015   1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location TBA
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:
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
•  The Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville are working together to develop a plan for the Fox River Corridor.  The goal of the plan is to increase access to the river, enhance connectivity and recreational usage, improve water quality, and enliven Downtown Algonquin and Old Town Carpentersville.   We invite you to share your thoughts on issues and priorities in the Fox River Corridor by taking an on-line survey.

Visit  Add your voice to the Fox River Corridor plan by participating through March 21, 2015!  Provide your feedback and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. 

Visit to stay up to date on this project.

Together we can create a better future for Algonquin and Carpentersville!  Please contact CMAP’s Ricardo Lopez at or 312-386-8766 with questions.
  Morton Arboretum offers a variety of programs through it Community Trees Program
Click HERE for details
  Center for Watershed Protection’s  Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
     Dates:  Wednesdays   March 18;  May 20; June 17;  Sept. 16; Nov. 18     Noon to 2 PM  
1 CEC/2 PDH per webcast       FREE
    Available at 2 locations:
    •  Sponsored by Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources
       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
      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