Tuesday, November 22, 2016                                            Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
Join us for a FREP Holiday Social Gathering!
Our FREP holiday social gathering will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 4 to 6 PM
at the new Hardware Sustainable Gastropub & Brewery, 2000 Orchard Rd, North Aurora
This unique and striking facility has its own 1.5-acre hop farm, a micro orchard, herb garden patio and greenhouse. Their goal is to be as sustainable as possible on their 5.6-acre parcel.

This event will be "pay your own". Please RSVP to Becky Hoag at 630-482-9157 or foxriverinfo@comcast.net
to help us arrange for the space needed for our group.
Upcoming FREP Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, January 11, 2017  1 PM        
FREP Membership Annual Meeting & Officer Elections
The Centre of Elgin, One Symphony Way
Program: Road Salt, Rob Linke, P.E., CFM,
 Kane County Div. of Environmental & Water Resources
 
FREP Executive Committee meets at 11 AM
Minutes of FREP Meetings can be found HERE.
 
March 2017
We will not hold a membership meeting in March. Instead, we encourage our members to attend the
5th Annual Fox River Summit
Friday, March 10, 2017
     7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
in Burlington, WI
Details coming soon.
NOTE: Date change.
Originally scheduled for March 17th.
 
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.
      The following dates are available for Noon Networks in 2017:  February 8th and October 11th
To arrange to host a FREP Noon Network or Membership Meeting,
please contact Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, 630-482-9157   foxriverinfo@comcast.net
Thank You to Fermilab & Illinois Audubon Society


Audubon Society Opsrey page
Thank you to Fermilab and the Natural Areas staff for hosting our November 9th meeting at Wilson Hall. It was great to drive through this beautiful open space to get to our meeting.

A special thank you to Michael Campbell of the Illinois Audubon Society, for his very informative program on osprey nests and platforms in the Fox River watershed and throughout Illinois. It would be hard to find a more dedicated person than Michael, working to increase the habitat for this special species here in our state. He does have a day job at Dresden Nuclear Power Plant, but it is hard to imagine how he has the time! If you want to learn more about osprey and how you can get involved in creating habitat, check out the Illinois Audubon Society Facebook Page.
President's Message

Last month I provided information about the Fox River Study Group in the first of a series of messages regarding other Fox River based groups intended to help provide clarity of the differences and overlaps between the groups.

This month I want to talk about the Friends of the Fox River. Friends of the Fox River (FOFR) was incorporated in 1990, so they’re just a bit older than FREP (founded in 1996). They began as a grassroots advocacy organization that included some colorful and controversial characters. Today they are a non-profit group dedicated to building a watershed of caretakers in the Fox River valley in Illinois. The mission of FOFR is to preserve, restore and protect the Fox River Watershed’s resources by connecting people with nature through education, research, restoration and advocacy.
FOFR is made up of citizens and organizations taking action to protect and maintain the quality of the Fox River and its tributaries. Through their programs and activities, they encourage both adults and students to become involved in protecting the river and its watershed. Each year, they have over 4,500 citizens participating in their programs including the water quality monitoring program (Fox River Watershed Monitoring Network), river and stream cleanups, river habitat improvement projects, and water quality education events.

So they sound similar to FREP in many ways, and there is definitely some overlap. But FOFR is focused on citizen engagement and advocacy. FREP has become an organization with similar goals, but primarily engaged with folks who can participate as a part of their day jobs. And because of the various organizations within FREP’s membership, FREP avoids advocacy positions on projects like the controversial Longmeadow Parkway, to avoid conflicts of interest for FREP members. Whereas, FOFR can serve as more of an advocacy organization taking positions on various controversial issues.
                       Website
FOFR is currently led by their President Gary Swick, and their Executive Director, Gary Mechanic – both longtime veterans of watershed education and advocacy.

FREP is working with FOFR to better leverage the limited resources of both groups and present a common message to all in the watershed.
Look for more information here in the coming months about other Fox River-based organizations. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoyed the unseasonably warm fall, and can join us in December at the Hardware Gastropub and Brewery in North Aurora.
Jeff Mengler, Hey and Associates, FREP President
Our Fox River Watershed Partners
friendsofthefoxriver.org
 
 
foxvalleysustainabilitynetwork.com
 
foxriverstudygroup.org
 
 
WI-IL Fox River Water Trail Initiative
 
FREP has joined with the Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Partnership and the Village of Waterford, Wisconsin, 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, FREP; Angie Tornes, National Park Service; Greg Farnham, Rock River Trail Initiative; Brian Daly, CMAP; Tom Slawski, Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Partnership; Rick Kania, SEWRPC; Jodie Auliff, Illinois Paddling Council; and Barb Messick and Rebecca Ewald, Village of Waterford, WI.
UPDATE: The next meeting is November 28. The Core Development Team (CDT) enjoyed the beautiful fall weather and colors at their last monthly meeting at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park on Monday October 17th.  We are inching ever so closer to having the survey to collect access site, dam and segment data and including the ability to upload photos completed and available through Google Drive for volunteers to use on their smartphones or tablets.  Barb Messick and Rebecca Ewald continue to collect data on the Wisconsin side of the Fox River.

Karen Miller is beginning to sort through data on the Illinois side collected by a variety of sources beginning in 1999.  Once Karen has determined what needs to be updated and collected, the new volunteer coordinator for Illinois, Greg Taylor will work with volunteers to collect the data needed.  Greg has eagerly offered to take on this responsibility. He has experience organizing for the Boy Scouts and is active with the Illinois Paddling Council and Prairie Rivers Network.

The CDT is looking forward to working with Greg. Sigrid Pilgrim from the IPC sent Karen a DVD with information about the Fox River assembled by Ralph Frese, “canoe maker and conservationist and prominent figure in the North American canoeing circles lived from 1926 until December 10, 2012. Frese lived in the Chicago area. He is known for promoting conservation and canoeing, building historic replica canoes, and starting canoeing and conservation organizations and events” (Wikipedia).  The CDT plans to continue discussion on budget, funding and the examples of logos Angie sent to the Team and the several logos Barb designed and offered as possibilities.  Greg Farnham, Coordinator of the Rock River Trail Initiative, described the several trails affiliated with the original project including water, bike, walking, driving, air and chocolate.  Greg reminded the Team of the need to eventually request local governments and organizations pass resolutions supporting the Fox River Water Trail.  With the exception of the CDT’s first meeting at Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin, the CDT has been alternating between Glacial Park in McHenry County and Waterford, Wisconsin.  The Team discussed meeting at other locations along the Fox River.  
For more information, visit the Water Trail Initiative page HERE, or contact Karen Ann Miller at millerkaren@co.kane.il.us.
Fox River Corridor Plan
McHenry County has received a Local Technical Assistance grant from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) to create a corridor plan for a portion of the Fox River from Burtons Bridge on the north to the eastern edge of the Fox Bluff Conservation Area on the south. Working cooperatively with McHenry County, Lake County, and other local stakeholder groups, the plan aims to identify both county-wide and local opportunities to improve the environment and natural resources, considering the corridor’s water and habitat quality, multi-modal transportation access, and recreational and open space amenities.

This project will build on the groundwork established through the previously completed Fox River corridor planning process for the Villages of Algonquin and Carpentersville and coordinate with the ongoing WI-IL Fox River Water Trail Initiative.

For more information, contact Kate Evasic at kevasic@cmap.illinois.gov
New/Available:
Native Landscape & Ecological Restoration Guide
At the recent Beyond the Basics 2016: The Devil’s in the Details stormwater conference, Jeff Mengler discussed the new Chicago Wilderness Native Landscape & Ecological Restoration Guide: Recommendations for Contractor Selection, Project Specifications, Performance Standards, Monitoring and Management Guidelines, and Institutional Arrangements.

Prepared by the Chicago Wilderness Native Landscape & Restoration Contractor Selection Guide Working Group
Download the Guide HERE on the FREP website

Or, find it on the Chicago Wilderness publications page HERE.
FREP on Facebook
FREP has a Facebook page.
Please visit & LIKE our page!
 
Many of our past Noon Network & Membership Meeting presentations are available in pdf form HERE
 
FREP Membership Roll
Thank you to those below who have responded to our new membership drive for 2016-17
Our annual membership drive began in June and dues notices were sent out to current members.
We have sent membership appeals to additional potential members.
TO PAY YOUR ANNUAL DUES/TO JOIN FREP:
Use the online membership form and link to make your payment through PayPal HERE
A printable/mailable form  HERE
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
Campton Historic Agricultural, Inc./
   Garfield Farm  Museum
Campton Township
John Church, Friend, Oswego
City of Batavia
City of Elgin
City of St. Charles
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
The Conservation Foundation
Crystal Lake Park District
DeKalb County Forest Preserve District
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Bill Donnell, Friend, Aurora
Dundee Township
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. - EEI
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
Friends of the Fox River
Geneva Park District
Geosyntec Consultants
Hey & Associates
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
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
Jason Pettit, Friend, Aurora
Larry Rakunas, Friend, St. Charles
Schoppe Design Associates, Inc.
Jack Shouba, Friend, St. Charles
Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Kent E. Sims, Friend, Bolingbrook
St. Charles Park District
Laura Ross Stuart, Friend, Geneva
Tallgrass Restoration, LLC
Tyler Creek Watershed Coalition
United City of Yorkville
V3 Companies
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 Port Barrington
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.
 
Watershed Planning
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.

If you have news to share about activities in your subwatershed, please send them to foxriverinfo@comcast.net
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed
 in McHenry County
The Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed-based Plan and an Executive Summary have been posted to the project webpage on the FREP website HERE.

A plan implementation kick-off meeting will be planned in the near future.  If you would like to be added to the Boone-Dutch Watershed Planning contacts list to be alerted about upcoming meeting dates, please contact Holly Hudson at CMAP: 312-386-8700, hhudson@cmap.illinios.gov.  
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
 
   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

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: foxriverinfo@comcast.net
Friday
December 2, 2016
9 AM - 2:30 PM
Kane County Planners 42nd Annual Holiday Forum
Village of Montgomery Village Hall, 200 N. River Street
FEE      Registration Required  Registration Form   Deadline 11/23       
Tuesday
December 6, 2016
4 - 5:30 PM
CMAP ON TO 2050 Forum
Development at the Edge: The Future of Regional Urbanization

Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205. N. Broadway Aurora, IL 60505 
Registration Page
Wednesday
December 7, 2016
9 - 11 AM
Fox Valley Sustainability Network Forum on Transportation
Judson University's Eagle Lounge (in Lindner Tower off of Route 31)
1151 N State Street, Elgin, IL        Website
Sunday
December 11, 2016
12 - 4 PM
Friends of the Fox River's Nature Arts & Crafts Show
Schweitzer Environmental Center, Schweitzer Woods
16N900 Sleepy Hollow Road, West Dundee     Website
Wednesday
February 8, 2017
Fox Valley Sustainability Network Forum on Food & Waste
The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL
1151 N State Street, Elgin, IL        Website
Friday
March 10, 2017
5th Annual Fox River Summit
Burlington, Wisconsin       Details TBA
NOTE: Date change. Originally scheduled for March 17th.
Tuesday
April 4, 2017
Center for Watershed Protection's 2017 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference
Details to come    Website
Fabyan Preserve Stewardship Days   2016-17
The Natural Resources Committee of Geneva, in conjunction with the Kane County Forest Preserve and other environmental enthusiasts are continuing their efforts to remove buckthorn and honeysuckle at Fabyan Park Preserve in Geneva. The goal of this stewardship work is to remove invasive species so that native plants may again flourish below the mighty oaks on the property.
Meet in the parking lot on Rte. 25, east side of the road (across from the windmill) just north of Fabyan Parkway. Start at 9am and work till noon. For more information, contact Jay at jay.womack@gza.com or call him at 630.299.9945.
Dates:
December 3, 17, and 31 – 9 a.m. to Noon
January 14 and 28 – 9 a.m. to Noon
February 11 and 25 – 9 a.m. to Noon
March 11 and 25 – 9 a.m. to Noon
April 8 and 22 - 9 a.m. to Noon
May 6 – 9 a.m. to Noon
FLYER
Save the Monarch Butterfly!
You can help the Monarch butterfly!  Ask your mayor to sign the Mayors' Monarch Pledge!
Besides being beautiful creatures, Monarchs are important pollinators that help to grow the food that we eat everyday, and they are in trouble! Their populations have plummeted by 90% due to the loss of habitat from urban sprawl and intensive agriculture. We have lost much of the milkweed and native pollinator plants that Monarchs need to survive. 

Monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs, and their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants. If the Monarch butterfly is to be saved, we must all take action, and our mayors can lead the way!
Cities, towns, and counties can help by planting butterfly-friendly gardens, changing mowing schedules to promote the growth of milkweed, and educating residents about how and where to grow milkweed and other pollinator plants.
Prairie Rivers Network has created a petition to get Mayors to commit to at least 3 or 25 action items. Read the action items HERE.  Ask your mayor to sign the pledge!  Link to the petition
 
Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership    630-482-9157   foxriverinfo@comcast.net
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