FREP E-Downstream
Monday, May 11, 2015                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
Wednesday, May 20, 2015  1:15 PM*

  *Please note we are meeting 15 minutes
    later to enable Executive Committee to
    arrive from their 11 AM meeting

Location:  Afton Forest Preserve
               13600 Crego Road DeKalb, IL
               See below for directions

We will be meeting in the picnic shelter at Afton. You are welcome to come early and bring a lunch and enjoy the area. There are picnic tables for seating, or you might want to bring your own camp chair. Dress casual!

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.
Directions to Afton:
Rt. 38 West to Peace Road (east side of DeKalb) South on Peace, ends into Gurler Rd. Turn RIGHT, go 1/4 mile to Crego Rd. 1st stop sign at Kesslinger Rd. Continue on Crego. After 2nd stop sign (at Perry Rd.), go 1½ miles farther to the entrance to Afton Forest Preserve.

You could also take Kesslinger Road west to Crego Rd.

   Afton Township MAP      DeKalb County MAP
      Afton aerial view (above) 2015 Afton Prairie Burn (below)

Available on our website:
Fox River Summit 2015 presentations
are posted HERE
Upcoming FREP Noon Network:
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
Silver Lake Bioinfiltration Basins and Oakwood Hills Fen Stream Corridor Restoration projects
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
FREP receives Kane County
Sparkler Award

FREP was presented with a Kane County Sparkler Award at the 2015 Kane County Leaders Summit held at the Q Center in St. Charles on Friday, May 8th.

Past FREP presidents Katie Parkhurst (left) and Karen Miller are shown with the award. It reads:
Sparkler Award
Partnership Category
Honorable Mention

Speakers at the Summit included IDOT Acting Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, state DCEO Director Jim Schultz, and keynote speaker Christopher Coes of LOCUS.

FREP is honored to have been recognized at this event.
President's Message

It is easy to forget that the Fox River stretches over 233 miles in Illinois alone. The watershed is home to over a million people. That is why FREP holds meetings and noon networks throughout the watershed.  We hope that this will help Fox River residents learn about the watershed they live in.

In May we will be visiting a part of the watershed we have not been to in a long time. Join us at Afton Forest Preserve in DeKalb to learn about wetland and prairie restoration at the preserve.  We are hoping for a beautiful spring day!

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 soon 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 Clean-ups News page and here in the monthly Downstream e-newsletter.
Upcoming Clean-Up:
Saturday, May 16     9:00 am - NOON
Fox Rescue -- Friends of the Fox River
  Meet at Blackard Skate and Bike Park, 411 South River Street
   (Rt. 25) in Batavia  There's a big parking lot at that location.
 The event will be led by Gary Swick.  Look for the FOFR banner.
 Dress for the weather.   Call for more info: 815-356-6605
Visit our Clean-Ups Page 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.

   Photos are also appreciated!
FREP Membership Roll
Our 2015-16 Membership Drive will begin in June with the mailing of annual statements.

In 2014-15 we reached 100% of the previous year's membership dues total,
and greatly appreciate your continued support of the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership.
We hope you will respond again for 2015-16!
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, June 11, 2015      1:00 – 3:00 p.m.     Location TBA
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
Boone-Dutch Creek stakeholders met on April 9 at McHenry County College’s Shah Center. Presentations revolved around describing a variety of best management practices (BMPs) that can be implemented to help protect and improve water quality and overall watershed health. These included McHenry County College’s sustainability practices and environmentally focused class offerings, Boone Creek chloride data and potential source management, and a Lake County golf course’s numerous best practices implemented through Audubon’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. For more details, see the meeting’s presentations and notes posted on the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning webpage.

The big push now is to identify potential, site-specific BMPs. Everyone who lives, works, or plays in the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed is encouraged to submit pollution prevention project ideas by May 31.

The following information is needed for each potential project: BMP type, location, dimensions/size/number, landowner(s)/responsible party, and potential partners. Submit project ideas and any questions to Holly Hudson at CMAP (, 312-386-8700).      
Next Meeting:
Thursday, June 11, 2015   1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location TBD
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  

A meeting is being held Tuesday, May 12, 1:00 PM, Kane County Government Center,
719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva in the 4th Floor Conference Room of Building A. 
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:
May 20, 2015
7-9 PM
St. Charles Active River Task Force Community Workshop
Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road in St. Charles
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
  Lake County Stormwater Management Commission May E-news  LINK
  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