FREP E-Downstream
Tuesday, April 7, 2015                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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.

   A screening of the documentary DAMNATION
See description of the film below

FREE, Open to the Public

Thank you to the City of Elgin for hosting
this program!
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, Montgomery
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,
Wednesday, May 20, 2015  1 PM

Location:  Afton Forest Preserve
               13600 Crego Road DeKalb, IL
Program:  Terry Hannan, Superintendent
                DeKalb County Forest Preserve Dist.

Afton Forest Preserve was purchased in 1975. It was a rolling hillside farm in central DeKalb County near the headwaters of Little Rock Creek.  Over many years the 315 acre site has been restored to a beautiful prairie and wetland habitat area.  Over 170 bird species have been recorded at Afton including Bald Eagles,  Ospreys, Short Eared Owls and other uncommon species.  In the late 70’s there were 4 buffalo roaming at Afton. The program will include the story of the “1979 St. Patrick’s Day Great Afton Buffalo Roundup”.  Al Roloff, Natural Resource Manager will host a short walk and talk  in the prairies and wetlands.

The Executive Committee meets at 11 AM

2015 Afton Prairie Burn
Now Available on our website:
Fox River Summit 2015 presentations
are now posted
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
After months of planning and promotion, the third Fox River Summit was held on March 20.  Tom Slawski from the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Southeast Fox River Partnership has been the driving force behind these summits. He put together an amazing agenda for the event and I am thankful that he included FREP in these planning efforts.

It is always nice to network with our friends north of the border. Once again, I come away with a lot of valuable information that will help to move FREP forward in the coming year. Mark your calendar for the fourth annual Fox River Summit March 18, 2016.

One issue facing the Illinois section of the Fox River is dams. This why we have dedicated our April 15 Noon Network to showing the documentary DAMNATION. This will be the first of several such events we are planning throughout the watershed.  There will be time for discussion after the movie.

If you are unable to attend this showing keep checking your Downstream and our DamNation page on the website for future dates. 
Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
Award-winning film about dams to be made available for screenings in the Fox River Watershed
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.

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 and additional screenings to be scheduled in the near future
on the DAMNATION page of our website
Fox River Watershed River & Stream Clean-ups
FREP is helping publicize and promote volunteer clean-ups held within the Fox watershed. They are listed on our website's Clean-ups News page and here in the monthly Downstream e-newsletter.
Upcoming Clean-Ups:
Saturday, April 11, 2015    8 AM to Noon
Kiwanis One Day - Indian Creek Cleanup Aurora Transportation Center - 233 N Broadway St Aurora, IL, 60505
Saturday, April 18, 2015    9 AM to Noon
Sierra Club, Elgin Green Groups and the Friends of the Fox River Clean Sweep Fox River & Tyler Creek        FLYER
Visit our Clean-Ups Page for more details HERE

We want to make this list as comprehensive as possible. 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, 2015      1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
The next stakeholder meeting is set for Thursday, April 9, 2015, at McHenry County College’s Shah Center. A variety of presentations are on tap, all providing ideas and insights for the Boone-Dutch Creek planning process. Kim Hankins will overview McHenry County College’s approach to being good stewards and their role in community environmental education, Ed Ellinghausen will present his Boone Creek Watershed chloride concentration monitoring data, and Brian Thomson will describe the best practices adopted at Biltmore Country Club (Lake County) under Audubon’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Additionally, CMAP staff will provide an update on the draft plan/watershed resource inventory that was submitted to Illinois EPA on March 31 (revised draft posted on project webpage) and overview stormwater retrofits.

Identification of site-specific best management practices is a main focus over the next two months. Please join us on April 9 and bring along your site-specific pollution prevention project ideas. The plan needs your input!       
Thursday, April 9, 2015   1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
McHenry County College   Shah Center – Rm 121
4100 W. Shamrock Lane   McHenry, IL 60050  
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

Volunteer to monitor lakes and help protect water resources
The Illinois Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP) is always looking for volunteers to monitor lakes and ponds around the State. While numerous lakes in the Fox River Basin are currently volunteer-monitored, many more need the data and information collected during the May-October monitoring season. Year to year records provide a valuable database to help better understand and protect our lake resources.

Monitoring is pretty simple!  Water transparency (clarity) is measured from a boat using a simple device called a Secchi disk: an 8-inch diameter plate painted black and white in opposite quadrants, attached to a calibrated rope or tape measure. The disk is lowered into the water at designated locations in the lake and the depth at which the disk is no longer visible is recorded. Volunteers also take notes on water color, aquatic plant growth, and several other factors relating to lake, weather, and watershed conditions each time they monitor.

If you’re interested in joining the VLMP or would like to learn more, please contact Holly Hudson, NE Illinois VLMP Coordinator, at 312-386-8700 or     
FREP has a new committee to pursue technical assistance aimed at eventual application for designation as part of the National Water Trails System for 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 System serves to bring existing and newly identified water trails together into one cohesive national network.

If you are interested in joining the committee to pursue National Water Trails System designation, please contact Karen Ann Miller at  
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:
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.
April 18, 2015
11 am to 4 pm
McHenry County Conservation District Earth Day Event
Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake
Come take part in a fun day to celebrate our Earth! The event will go rain or shine and will be held indoors and outdoors! While there will be a recycling drive going on, there will be plenty more to do which includes live music performances, guided nature hikes, crafts, storytelling and more! No sign-up needed, just show up! For more information, visit the website HERE
April 18, 2015
1 to 4 pm
Arbor Day Celebration
Lake County Forest Preserve
Meet at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, 117 Sheridan Road Lake Forest, IL
for demos and discussion by forestry staff on tree care and pest prevention. Kid-friendly, tree-themed activities. Assorted free trees will be raffled.
June 7, 2015

Annual Pedal-Paddle-Saddle Through the Prairie
Glacial Park, 6313 Harts Road, Ringwood
Sponsored by McHenry County Conservation Foundation
Bike, Paddle or Ride your Horse through the beautiful Glacial Park & Nippersink Creek area
FEE     Website
Of Special Interest
  Morton Arboretum offers Tree Tag Kits to celebrate Arbor Day
Click HERE for details
  Center for Watershed Protection’s  Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
     Dates:  Wednesdays   May 20; June 17;  Sept. 16; 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