FREP E-Downstream
Tuesday, January 26, 2016                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, February 10, 2016    Noon - 1:30 PM
Hickory Knolls Nature Center
                 St. Charles Park District, 3795 Campton Hills Drive, St. Charles

Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI)   Website
Presenter:  Melissa Custic, Chicago Region Trees Initiative Coordinator, Morton Arboretum  

    FREP Executive Committee will meet afterwards
Please note:
  FREP Membership Meetings & Noon Networks have been moved to the
2nd Wednesday
of the month for 2016
The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI) is a collaborative partnership for coordinated action on key issues facing trees. It is the largest such initiative in the country, with leading organizations and agencies from across the seven-county metropolitan region working together. CRTI is leveraging funding, knowledge, skills, and expertise to build a healthier, more diverse regional forest.

Melissa will provide an overview of what is being done throughout the region, and how people and communities can help.   They look at the value of all trees whether they are in a park, streetscape, or natural area.
4th Annual Fox River Summit
Friday, March 18, 2016   7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Veterans Terrace at Echo Park
589 Milwaukee Avenue Burlington, WI 53105

Details & Registration will be available at this link soon: HERE

$35 Registration - Advance Registration Deadline March 17
  $50 online registration day of, or at the door - cash or check
Cancellation: No refunds will be given. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the summit starts, but refunds will not be given for no-shows.
No FREP Membership Meeting in March.  We encourage everyone to attend the Summit, instead.
Details about the speakers & programs will be in the next Downstream. They will also be available soon on the link above.
Visit the FREP Summit Page to find presentations from past Fox River Summits.
  FREP's Newly Elected Officers:

President - Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates
Vice President - Maggie Soliz, Applied Ecological Serivces
Secretary - Andrea Cline, Geosyntec Consultants
Treasurer - Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District

President's Message

As we begin 2016, I want to thank Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller for her service as FREP’s president for the last two years. And, to thank her for taking on the role of treasurer for 2016!

As in most organizations like FREP, we all stand on the shoulders of the leaders before us and the excellent job they have done. Believe it or not, FREP has been around for 20 years! With the demise of the C2000 Program and loss of any related funding from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, FREP is one of the few ecosystem partnerships still going. So as we embark on our 20th year, we are seeking your ideas for keeping FREP relevant and impactful in our watershed.

Our most exciting initiative in 2016 is the ongoing Fox River Water Trails Initiative, joining our partners across state lines with technical assistance from the National Park Service.   This has already been written about in past issues of Downstream, but keep watching here for updates as we work through this planning process.

And speaking of across state lines, it is time for the 4th annual Fox River Summit on March 18th in Burlington, Wisconsin. Please plan to join us as we share ideas with our compatriots in Wisconsin.

We have the FREP meeting/program schedule filled in through August 2016 – see the details in this Downstream and mark your calendars!

Stay warm, and enjoy our watershed in winter.

Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates, FREP President
Upcoming FREP Meetings & Programs:
FREP Membership Meeting  - there will not be a membership meeting in March. Instead, we encourage everyone to attend
the 4th Annual Fox River Summit with our Wisconsin counterparts
     Friday, March 18, 2016      Burlington, Wisconsin 
FREP Noon Network   Wednesday, April 13, 2016      Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: Aurora Rain Gardens      (Note:  Our tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation Dist. has been moved to Oct. 12th)
FREP Membership Meeting    Wednesday, May 11, 2016   1 PM
Location:  Algonquin Village Hall,
Program: Woods Creek Watershed
FREP Noon Network   Wednesday, June 8, 2016      Noon - 1:30 PM
Location:   Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park, Harts Rd, Ringwood, IL
Nippersink Restoration & Tile Removal 
July Social Activity - TBA
FREP Noon Network   Wednesday, August 10, 2016      Noon - 1:30 PM
Location:   St. Charles
Program:  St. Charles Park District's Norris Woods Creek Project
FREP members, potential members, and the general public are welcome to attend FREP Meetings, Noon Networks, 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
  PDHs Offered   FREP offers PDHs (Professional Development Hours) for attendance at our programs for those who request them on the sign-in sheets. A certificate is emailed to those who make the request.

The programs presented have been excellent and we are happy to adding this benefit to our attendees.
Minutes of FREP Meetings can be found HERE.
Many of our past presentations are available in pdf form HERE   The latest presentation posted is from our January 13th meeting program:
   The Protection & Stewardship of Crystal Lake and Its Watershed
Fox River National Water Trail Initiative
FREP has joined with the Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Partnership and other partners to pursue the designation of all or portions of the Fox River in Wisconsin and Illinois as a National Water Trail through the National Park Services' National Water Trail System. Technical assistance from the NPS Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program has been awarded and planning is now proceeding.
The current Core Development Team (Karen Miller from FREP, Angie Tornes from the National Park Service, Greg Farnham from the Rock River Trail Initiative, Brian Daly from CMAP. Tom Slawski from the Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Partnership and Barb Messick and Rebecca Ewald from the Village of Waterford, Wis.)

The third meeting was held on January 4, 2016.  The next meeting is February 8, 2016.
For more information, visit the Water Trail Initiative page HERE , or contact Karen Ann Miller at
FREP Membership Roll
Thank you to those below who responded for 2015-16
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
Forest Preserve District of Kane 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 Dept
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
McHenry County Conservation District
McHenry County Conservation Foundation
Oswegoland Park District
Kathleen Bergan Schmidt, Friend, Crystral Lake
Jack Shouba, Friend, St. Charles
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
St. Charles Park District
Laura Ross Stuart, Friend, Geneva
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
Nancy Williamson & Steve Byers, Friends, Lakewood
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.
We reached 89% of last year's total. If you are not listed, or are new:

There is an online membership form and link to make your payment through PayPal HERE
A printable/mailable form  HERE
Watershed Planning
Next Meeting:   TBA
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning participants met on December 10, 2015, at the McCullom Lake Village Hall. The meeting’s main event was review and discussion of the final draft watershed-based plan, with special focus on the “watershed protection measures” and “monitoring success” chapters.

CMAP staff finished the plan in early January, incorporating final stakeholder input including site-specific BMPs, and sent it to Illinois EPA for their review.

The draft plan is currently posted on the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning page. We will be posting the final plan, when it is approved.

A plan implementation kick-off meeting is expected to be held in late winter, so stay tuned  to future Downstream newsletters for a date, time, and location announcement.  
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

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:
March 10, 2016    7 PM
Screening of the documentary Damnation
Montgomery Village Hall
sponsored by The Conservation Foundation
Friday, March 18, 2016 4th Annual Fox River Summit
Burlington, WI    Details to come       Our Summit Page with info about past Summits
Thursday, April 7, 2016 Annual Envirothon for high school students
Danada House, Wheaton
Information at:   KDSWCD     NCCSWCD
   Call for applications: 2016 FLIP summer program.  CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning is accepting applications for its 2016 summer program.  FLIP engages local high school students who would like to learn about planning and contribute to a better future for a region. This summer the program will meet for six days total over two weeks in July.  Please share the PDF application or online application form to students from the CMAP region.  Applications are due Monday, May 2, 2016, and questions can be sent to Ricardo Lopez or 312-386-8766; or Marissa Prasse or 312-386-8670.
The 2016 National America in Bloom awards program, which recognizes outstanding efforts to make communities more livable and beautiful through urban forestry, floral displays, heritage preservation, and environmental stewardship is now accepting applications through February 28, 2016.  
The Chicago Wilderness Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan is now available.  The plan outlines regional goals to preserve, restore, and expand oak ecosystems across the region.
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