FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 16, 2015    1 PM
Location:  hosted by Kendall County SWCD
               USDA Service Center, 7775A Route 47, Yorkville, IL 60560
Program:  Agricultural Conservation Best Management Practices & Nutrient Load Reduction Strategy  

Presenter:
Megan Andrews of Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District

Megan will discuss the practices farmers are using to conserve soil and water resources.

She and and Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller of Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District will also be able to update FREP members on the current, serious issues with funding of soil & water districts in the State of Illinois.
 
Upcoming FREP Programs:
FREP MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015  1 PM 
Location:  Barrington Area Library
                505 N Northwest Hwy
                Barrington, IL 60010
  Hosted by Barrington Area Council of Governments
                 BACOG

Program:  Coal Tar Sealants
BACOG has been doing research for a while and now provide public education to residents of the BACOG region about the potential dangers of coal tar sealants to human health and the environment.  BACOG will also consider an intergovernmental agreement, resolution, or MOU similar to the DuPage/Salt Creek MOU this fall. One of their municipalities has adopted a ban and a second is considering one. They will be sharing their knowledge and experience about this issue.
 
 
FREP NOON NETWORKS
Wednesday, October 21, 2015      Noon - 2 PM
Program:  
Screening of the documentary
                   Damnation
Location:  Batavia City Hall Council Chambers
               100 N. Island Ave., Batavia

               Our Damnation webpage

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

Since the Fox River is a highly urban watershed, it is easy to forget that a lot of agricultural land in the watershed as well. This was a consideration when the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership worked on the Integrated Watershed Management Plan. One the 16 critical factors in the plan is “conservation of agricultural land.” With the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy farmers are once again asked to reduce their impact through voluntary measures.

At FREP’s September 16th meeting, Megan Andrews, Resource Conservationist for the Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation District, will highlight some of the ways farmers can protect our water resources. I find that many people have questions about the role that agriculture plays in the watershed. Hopefully some of these questions will be addressed at this meeting.

Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage SWCD, FREP President
UPDATE:  On July 31st FREP submitted 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.

We hope to hear back from NPS by the end of October.

For more information, visit the committee's webpage HERE , or contact Karen Ann Miller at millerkaren@co.kane.il.us
 
Algonquin promotes paddling the Fox River
 at
 It's Our River Day
 Saturday, September 19th
1-4 PM

Celebrate Illinois' Its Our River Day
at Cornish Park in Downtown Algonquin

   Flyer

A full lineup of activities for the family, including:
the Wilderness Inquiry "Canoemobile" (pictured)
with rides in a canoe & paddling demonstrations
Environmental Displays
River clean-up
 
FREP Membership Roll
Our 2015-16 Membership Drive is underway. Statements were sent out in June.
Thank you to those below who have responded for 2015-16
We are currently at 72% of last year's total 
If you haven't renewed your membership yet, we hope you will support FREP again this year!
Michael Ander, Friend, Sleepy Hollow
Applied Ecological Services
Barrington Area Conservation Trust
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 River Water Reclamation District, Elgin
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
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 Department
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
Jack Shouba, Friend, St. Charles
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
St. Charles Park District
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
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, October 15, 2015      1:00 – 3:00 p.m.   
Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Rd. Woodstock IL  60098

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, October 15, 2015   1 PM 
Loyola University Retreat & Ecology Campus
2710 S. Country Club Rd. Woodstock IL  60098
 
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.
Screening:  Wednesday, October 21, 2015      Noon - 2 PM
                      FREP Noon Network

Location:    Batavia City Hall Council Chambers
                 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia
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
Saturday, Sept. 19
1-4 PM
Village of Algonquin celebrates "Its Our River" Day
at Cornish Park in Downtown Algonquin   Flyer
Full lineup of activities for the family, including the Wilderness Inquiry "Canoemobile"
Tuesday, Sept. 29
4:30 - 6:30 PM
Kendall County Conservation Group Summit ”Conversations about Conservation”
Kendall County Historic Courthouse 110 W. Madison St., Yorkville    Flyer
Please RSVP by 9/22 to jchurch@theconservationfoundation.org    630-553-0687 x 204
Tuesday, Oct. 6
Wednesday, Oct. 7
Lake County Deicing Workshops    Libertyville
Tuesday - Roads, Wednesday - Parking Lots & Sidewalks
FEE     Flyer    Online Registration Required by Oct. 1st
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
  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
  Support McHenry County Conservation Foundation through their upcoming "Tap Your Wild Side" event
    Saturday, October 10, 2015   6-9 PM   
Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park, Ringwood 
                Ticket Purchase Required    Details on website HERE
  Fall Issue of RiverWatcher  ONLINE HERE
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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