FREP E-Downstream
Monday, June 8, 2015                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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
               39W585 Jericho Rd    MAP
                Montgomery, Illinois 60506
  Michael K. Erickson, ASLA, Director of
     Parks and Facility Maintenance
     Fox Valley Park District
  Keith Jones, V3
Meet in the parking lot of Stuart South, which is accessed off of Route 30. The parking lot will be the first one on the left closest to the soccer fields. The entrance to the Sports Complex is on Griffin Drive just west of Orchard Road in Montgomery. It shares the entrance with the Montgomery Police Department offices.

Note: Jericho Road is closed west of Orchard Road, but the north entrance of Stuart Sports Complex is still accessible. Take Barnes Road south to Jericho. The north entrance is also accessible for those coming east-bound on Jericho. All others are advised to use the south entrance on Route 30.
As one of the largest sports complexes in the Midwest, Stuart Sports Complex is a premier location for hosting local, regional and national tournaments.

Encompassing 317 acres, Stuart Sports Complex offers a vast array of recreation opportunities as one of the largest outdoor sports facilities in the Midwest. On an annual basis, more than 4,000 athletic contests are held at Stuart, involving over 75,000 participants and attracting well over 100,000 spectators. Stuart is the central hub for dozens of local sports affiliates – primarily soccer, baseball and softball – ranging from youth soccer leagues to Little League baseball and adult slow-pitch softball. In addition, Stuart is the home turf for numerous high school, college and semi-professional teams from throughout the area.

The Stuart Sports Complex is also proud to have over 50 acres of natural areas. These areas include everything from wetland to upland prairie. The design of these natural areas started with two farmed wetlands and created a corridor which runs through the southern portion of the site. Starting on the east side of the site with one of the farmed wetlands, the natural areas flow through some wetlands and under the main road ending up on the west side, terminating at the lake used for irrigation. Underground, this site has large deposits of sand and gravel which aid in the replenishment of the irrigation pond.     

Upcoming FREP Noon Network:
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
Available on our website:
  Fox River Summit 2015 presentations are posted HERE
President's Message

Perhaps you have attended one of the membership meeting or noon networks that the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership has offered over the past year. If so you know that FREP continues to connect its members’ with opportunities to protect and enhance the watershed. The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership has been very fortunate to be able to maintain one paid position to carry out the essential functions of the organization.

Communications Manager Becky Hoag maintains our website, writes the Downstream, communicates with our members, and keeps the board on task.   FREP continues to be a vital partnership today because we have been able to sustain this position. We are able to do this in large part because of our membership dues.

We are now in our annual membership drive. Please take the time renew your membership so that we may continue to support our network of watershed stakeholders.

Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
Award-winning film about dams is 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.

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 dates on our website HERE
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, June 20, 2015     9:00 am - 1pm
Tyler Creek  
- sponsored by Eagle Heights Residents Association
  Meet at Tyler Creek bridge on Royal Blvd., Elgin
  Event lead by Mike Studt
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 starts in June and statements will be sent out this week!

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.     Village of Johnsburg
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
The next Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed stakeholder meeting will take place on June 11, 2015, at the Village of Johnsburg.  The primary focus will be on finalizing the selection of potential, on-the-ground watershed protection and restoration implementation projects. BMP project ideas submitted by stakeholders to date as well as project opportunities noticed by CMAP staff while traveling around the planning area will be presented. Additional stakeholder input is needed to point out other critical areas that would benefit from best management practices. The group also will begin formulating the watershed plan’s information and education component to address issues of concern, reach desired outcomes, and identify which audiences to target and messages to promote.

Please join us on June 11 in Johnsburg!        
Next Meeting:
Thursday, June 11, 2015   1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Village of Johnsburg
Village Hall, 1515 Channel Beach Avenue Johnsburg, 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

A FREP committee is pursuing 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.

For more information, visit the committee's webpage HERE , or 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:
Tuesday, August 11 The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission DECI Program: A Workshop for Designated Erosion Control Inspectors
College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
On the agenda: Review of effective SE/SC Best Management Practices
The workshop offers continuing education credits for DECI’s seeking re-listing.
Watch SMC’s website for registration information
For more information, please contact Christine Garner at
or (847) 377-7705
Of Special Interest
  The Clean Water Rule will protect  drinking water for 117 million Americans. Recently the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule, providing Clean Water Act protections for many streams, wetlands, and other bodies of water that are critical to our health, our economy and our natural world. 
 Funding Opportunity:
National Park Service Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Projects Supporting Community-Led Conservation and Recreation Projects     July 15th/August 1st Deadlines
The National Park Service helps communities create close-to-home recreation opportunities and conserve natural resources. Our Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program is accepting applications for help with a wide range of community-led projects, including: Planning for trails, landscape conservation, water trails, river restoration, green transportation, and tourism; Developing close-to-home parks and greenways; Managing community-led visioning, planning, and design; Facilitating public involvement; Building sustainable partnerships; and, Engaging youth through outdoor recreation skill-building and conservation stewardship. To apply, first review the application process Click here. Then call or email a National Park Service staff member near you Click here to discuss your idea, and let them know by July 15 if you intend to submit an application by the August 1 due date.
  Center for Watershed Protection’s  Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
     Dates:  Wednesdays   June 10;  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
  Illinois RiverWatcher Summer 2015 Issue
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