FREP E-Downstream
Monday, August 3, 2015                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, August 19, 2015    Noon - 1:30 PM

Program:  Silver Lake Bioinfiltration Basins and Oakwood Hills Fen Stream Corridor Restoration projects
Location:  Oakwood Hills
 Meet at the shelter at Village of Oakwood Hills’ Community Park.
Park in the lot off North Park Drive, then follow the path south  about 100 yards to the shelter.
The Stream Corridor Restoration EPA 319 project description: to restore 0.75 acres of wetland and stabilize 850 feet of an unnamed tributary of Silver Creek, which is a tributary of the Fox River (ILDT-22). Streambank stabilization techniques may include rock riffles, re-grading, rock toe, live brushlayers, fiber roll, live stakes, natural log weir, natural log terrace, and deep-rooted native vegetation. Wetland restoration may include construction of a sediment forebay, flow routing, re-grading, re-shaping, and deep-rooted native vegetation. The project site is immediately upstream of the Oakwood Hills Fen Nature Preserve. Educational signage and a brochure will also be developed to inform the public about nonpoint source pollution and this restoration project.  
Bioinfiltration Project description:  to improve the water quality of Silver Lake and the adjacent Oakwood Hills Fen. Untreated runoff from residential areas and roadways discharged directly into Silver Lake at the two project locations, Birch Lane and West Woodland Road. This untreated discharge caused erosion and contributed to sedimentation and pollutants entering Silver Lake and ultimately into the fen. To improve water quality, the Village of Oakwood Hills secured a grant from the Illinois EPA and installed a bioinfiltration basin at each site.
Bioinfiltration Project Brochure


Oakwood Hills Fen Buffer, left & above
Base of old sledding hill at trail confluence,
right
Upcoming FREP Programs:
We are looking for hosts & programs for these dates!
FREP MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015  1 PM 
Location:  TBA
Program:  TBA
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015  1 PM 
Location:  TBA
Program:  TBA
 
FREP NOON NETWORKS
Wednesday, October 21, 2015     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  OPEN --  TBA

Wednesday, February 17, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  OPEN --  TBA
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,
630-482-9157   foxriverinfo@comcast.net
  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

The vision of the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership is “to balance all the uses and demands on our natural resources while preserving and enhancing a healthy environment.” In order to achieve this vision we rely on people who are willing to volunteer their time and talent.

FREP is always looking for people to serve both on working and executive committees. If you have been looking for a way to become more involved, now is your chance. FREP is currently looking for a treasurer. You do not need to have served on executive committee previously; you just need to be ready to help out.

If serving as a board member is not for you, there are still ways to help out. As you can see in the newsletter, we are still looking to fill a few spots for meeting programs. This is wonderful way to share the important work you are doing in the Fox River Watershed.

Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
UPDATE:  On July 31st FREP will be submitting an application to the National Park Service for technical assistance to develop a water trails initiative for the entire length of the Fox River.  The Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Partnership and the town of Waterford, Wisconsin are interested in partnering with FREP on this initiative.  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 millerkaren@co.kane.il.us
 
FREP Membership Roll
Our 2015-16 Membership Drive has begun and statements were sent out in June.

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 thank those below who have already responded for 2015-16!
Michael Ander, Friend, Sleepy Hollow
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Batavia Park District
Baxter & Woodman
Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD
John Church, Friend, Oswego
City of Aurora
City of Batavia
City of Crystal Lake
Doug Dirks, Friend, St. Charles
City of Elgin
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
The Conservation Foundation
Nancy Cox, Friend, St. Charles
Crystal Lake Park District
DeKalb County Forest Preserve District
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. - EEI
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
Friends of the Fox River
Geneva Park District
Geosyntec Consultants
Barbara Gore, Friend, Aurora
Holly Hudson, Friend, Elgin
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Forest Preserve District
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
Living Waters Consultants
Julie Long, Friend, St. Charles
McHenry County Conservation District
McHenry County Conservation Foundation
Oswegoland Park District
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
United City of Yorkville
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
The FREP Membership Roll 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.
FREP Membership Roll for 2014-15
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
TO PAY YOUR ANNUAL DUES/TO JOIN FREP:
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, Sept. 17, 2015      1:00 – 3:00 p.m.   
McHenry Township 3703 N. Richmond Rd. (Rt. 31), Johnsburg IL  60051

Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
Boone-Dutch Creek stakeholders met on June 11 at the Village of Johnsburg. Discussion focused on watershed protection and restoration practices. Several potential site-specific best management practice (BMP) projects were submitted by local stakeholders, addressing streambank stabilization and channel restoration, riparian buffer establishment, and wetland restoration.

Additionally, CMAP staff has identified numerous detention basin retrofit opportunities. In terms of  watershed-wide BMP scenarios, the group discussed which BMPs to include, among them bioretention facilities, vegetated swales, permeable pavement, green roofs, field borders, and stream buffers. Next steps will be to estimate pollutant load reductions and implementation costs for the site-specific and watershed-wide BMP scenarios.

The topic of information and education activities, another required element of EPA-compliant watershed-based plans, was also begun. To address issues of concern, stakeholders are encouraged to submit specific education and outreach needs and ideas by the end of July to Holly Hudson at CMAP.            
Next Meeting:
Thursday, Sept. 17 2015   1 PM 
McHenry Township, 3703 N. Richmond Rd. (Rt. 31)
Johnsburg IL  60051
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 hhudson@cmap.illinois.gov
 
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   
Webpage

Boone Creek Watershed Alliance  
Website

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed   
Webpage 

Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 
Website

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition        Webpage 

Nippersink Creek Watershed  
Website 

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition
     Webpage

Spring Creek Watershed 

Tyler Creek Watershed   Webpages

Woods Creek Watershed Study Stakeholders      Website

 
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 foxriverinfo@comcast.net
For more information about DAMNATION:
Visit the film's website and watch the trailer HERE
Watch for a screening dates on our website 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: foxriverinfo@comcast.net
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 cgarner@lakecountyil.gov
or (847) 377-7705
August 21-22-23 Monarch Mania
Hosted by Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with multiple conservation organizations.
Showings of the film "The Flight of the Butterflies" August 21 & 22
  Glacial Park & Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva
FREE Fun Fair August 23, 1-4 PM at Crystal Lake Park District Main Beach Pavilion
Details on website HERE
Tuesday & Wednesday,
October 27-29
15th Biennial Governor's Conference on the Management
of the Illinois River System

Pere Marquette, Peoria, Illinois
go.illinois.edu/ILRiverConference
 
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. 
  Center for Watershed Protection’s  Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
     Dates:  Wednesdays   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 govrikcecilia@co.kane.il.us 
    •  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    dhertel@lakecountyil.gov or call (847) 377-7707
  Illinois RiverWatcher Summer 2015 Issue
Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership    630-482-9157   foxriverinfo@comcast.net   Please email me if you have an email to add to our mailing list.
FREP WEBSITE:  foxriverecosystem.org

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