FREP E-Downstream
Tuesday, January 5, 2016                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 13, 2016  1 PM 
Location:  West Beach Recreation Building
               Crystal Lake Park Dist., 2330 Lake Avenue, Lakewood, IL 
  Hosted by Crystal Lake Park District              
    FREP Executive Committee will meet at 11 AM
Program:  The Protection & Stewardship of Crystal Lake
                    and Its Watershed
Presented by: Jeff Wickenkamp, PE, CFM, D.WRE (Vice President), and Jeremy Husnik, CPESC (Engineering Technician) of Hey and Associates, Inc.
Based on work for the City of Crystal  Lake and the Crystal Lake Park District.  Abigail Wilgreen, PE, City Engineer for the City of Crystal Lake will also provide perspective on implementation of the Crystal Lake Watershed Stormwater Management Design Manual.
Please note:
  FREP Membership Meetings & Noon Networks have been moved to the
2nd Wednesday
of the month for 2016
The presentation will include a characterization of Crystal Lake; a summary of Design Manual and what went into it; the implementation of the Design Manual; and finally results from annual monitoring reports on BMPs constructed under the Design Manual; and ecological management of the lake over.

The Design Manual was first adopted in 2007 and the monitoring results presented include 2015.   
FREP Officers Election at our Annual Meeting January 13, 2016
All FREP members whose dues are paid for 2015-16 are eligible to vote in our annual election.

Our slate of officers for the 2016 election:
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
Other nominations will be accepted from the floor, prior to the vote.
If you have any nominations or questions about the slate, please contact Katie Parhurst, Nominations Chair
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,
  PDHs Offered
FREP offers 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
Upcoming FREP Meetings & Programs:
Wednesday, February 10, 2016    Noon - 1:30 PM
Program: TBA      Let us know if you have a program you'd like to feature on this date.
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       Details in the next Downstream
       Visit our Summit webpage for information about the past Summits, include presentations,
          and watch for detail to be posted here.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
    Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation

  FREP's 2016 schedule:

January 13, 2016   
February 10, 2016  
April 13, 2016
May 11, 2016        
June 8, 2016         
August 10, 2016    
Sept. 14, 2016      
Oct. 12, 2016       
Nov. 9, 2016        
December 2016     

FREP Membership Meeting/Annual Elections   Crystal Lake
FREP Noon Network    Location & Program TBA
No Membership Meeting -- Fox River Summit in Wisconsin
FREP Noon Network -- Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation in Oswego
FREP Membership Meeting   Location & Program TBA
FREP Noon Network    Location & Program TBA
Possible social or recreational activity TBA
FREP Noon Network    Location & Program TBA
FREP Membership Meeting   Location & Program TBA
FREP Noon Network    Location & Program TBA
FREP Membership Meeting   Location & Program TBA
No Meeting

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 in now proceeding.
UPDATE: The current Core Development Team (Karen Miller from FREP, Angie Tornes from the National Park Service, Greg Farnham from the Rock River Trail Initiative, Tom Slawski from the Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Partnership and Barb Messick and Rebecca Ewald from the Village of Waterford, Wis.)  held their second meeting on Monday, Dec. 7th at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Glacial Park.

Brian Daly from CMAP is the newest member of our Team but was unable to attend on the 7th. Brian will determine if CMAP can assist us with mapping.  Tom Slawski is still waiting to hear back from the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission about their interest/willingness in providing mapping assistance.

We decided upon a Mission Statement. We brainstormed a Vision Statement and Barb Messick will wordsmith a draft for the next meeting. Angie provided examples of vision, mission statements and goals developed for other water trails as well as resources available on water trail planning from the National Park Service. She also suggested we look at the Iowa DNR Water Trail website and the resources offered through American Trails.

Greg Farnham prepared a list of contacts for the municipalities along the Fox River. The Team discussed existing maps of the Fox River and how they may be a valuable resource as we develop the Water Trail.

After the meeting Karen forwarded information about the Northeastern Il Water Trails Map Summary and the Northeastern Il Regional Greenways and Trail Map. We discussed where the headwaters of the Fox River are located.

After the meeting, Tom Slawski checked the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ surface water data viewer website and  was able to confirm that although a very small portion of the Upper Fox River Watershed is located in Colgate, Washington County, the real stream of the Fox River actually begins in the Town of Lisbon, Waukesha County. So, it is much more accurate to say that the “Fabulous” Fox River begins in the Town of Lisbon. In addition, Lannon Creek, which is the first named creek that joins with the Fox River also originates in the Town of Lisbon. The Team’s next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 4th in Wisconsin.
For more information, visit the committee's webpage 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
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 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 will be finishing the plan in early January, incorporating final stakeholder input including site-specific BMPs, and sending the plan to Illinois EPA for their review.

The plan also will be posted on the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning page on the FREP website.

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:
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
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