Wednesday, December 28, 2016                                            Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
Upcoming FREP Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, January 11, 2017  1 PM        
FREP Membership Annual Meeting & Officer Elections
The Centre of Elgin, One Symphony Way
North Side of the Heritage Ballroom
It is suggested we park in the lot located on the southwest corner of Kimball Street and North Grove Avenue. The Heritage Ballroom entrance is across Grove Street.

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.
Slate of Officers for Election:
President: Jeff Mengler, Hey and Associates
Vice President: Maggie Soliz, Applied Ecological Services
Secretary: Andrea Cline, Geosyntec Consultants
Treasurer: Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller,
                Kane-DuPage Soil & Water
                Conservation Dist.
5th Annual Fox River Summit

Friday, March 10, 2017
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
in Burlington, WI
Details coming soon.

PLEASE NOTE & Update Your Calendars:
The Summit was originally scheduled for March 17th.
We hope you can now attend on March 10th!
Membership Meetings Scheduled  for 2017
March 2017   We will not hold a membership meeting in March. Instead, we encourage our members to attend the
                         5th Annual Fox River Summit in Burlington, WI on Friday, March 10th

Wednesday, May 10, 2017  1 PM   
Program:  Zika Virus & Mosquito BMPs         Location:  TBA

Wednesday, September 13, 2017  1 PM    Program:  Sierra Club - Nutrient Reduction Strategies  Location: TBA

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017  1 PM    Program:  Flint Creek Watershed     Location: TBA
FREP Noon Networks Scheduled for 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017   Noon - 1:30 PM     
 Forest Preserve Dist. of Kane County, 1996 South Kirk Road, Suite 320 Geneva, IL 60134
Program: Kane County Open Space Referendum
Monica Meyers, Forest Preserve Dist. of Kane County & Brook McDonald, The Conservation Foundation
Wednesday, April 12, 2017  Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  Chicago Living Corridor (CLC)
Wednesday, June 14, 2017  Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  Tour of Midwest Groundcovers Facilities, on Rt. 64 in St. Charles
Wednesday, August 9, 2017  Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  Campton Township Field Tour
Wednesday, October 11, 2017  Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  Tour of Gladstone Fen Restoration in Bull Valley
All FREP Membership Meetings & Programs, and FREP Noon Networks are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Most Noon Networks accomodate us bringing our lunch to eat during the program.
President's Message
In the last two months, I have provided a quick overview of two of our fellow Fox River-based non-profit groups in an effort to help folks understand our differences and overlaps. For this shortened holiday issue of the Downstream I will forego offering information about a third group. Stay tuned for that in January.

For now, I just want to say thanks for all of your support of FREP in 2016 and in years past. As we reflect on our 20 years, we’ve come a long way, but much has changed. Some for the better, some not so much.

2017 will certainly be challenging! But I am encouraged that folks are moving ahead with ideas and projects to better our watershed. People still come to FREP for advice and information. So in 2017 watch for the Fox River Summit in March, possibly a new educational Fox River watershed poster, new initiatives with our fellow Fox River organizations, progress on our Fox River Trail, and a full schedule of timely and informative meetings/noon networks. Please don’t hesitate to let me know of any ideas you have.  

Happy holidays and best wishes for 2017.
Jeff Mengler, Hey and Associates, FREP President
Our Fox River Watershed Partners
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: 12-5-16  The Core Development Team met on Monday November 28th in Silver Lake, Wisconsin. Matthew Collins, Director of Kenosha County Parks and Recreation spoke to the Team about their water trail, access sites and signage.  Matthew offered his support of the Wisconsin-Illinois Fox River Water Trail Initiative. The Team’s newest member, Greg Taylor, attended the November meeting. Greg is an active member of the Illinois Paddling Council and has offered to be the coordinator of volunteers in Illinois. The Team continued to revise the data collection forms for segment data.  Karen talked about Illinois dam data acquired from the Fox River Study Group.  Angie confirmed with Brian that CMAP will be able to print maps of the water trail as they are created and provide an online portal. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday January 9th, location to be determined. 
For more information, visit the Water Trail Initiative page HERE, or contact Karen Ann Miller at
Call for Presenters:  2017 Illinois Lakes Management Association Annual Conference
32nd Annual Conference to be held March 30-April 1 at Holiday Inn Conference Center, Crystal Lake
They are looking to fill out conference sessions with talks and presentations from professionals, teachers, students, or others with detailed knowledge on issues associated with research and management on lakes, waterways, watersheds, and fisheries.

Please visit this link for details about the call for presenters.
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
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.
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  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.
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,  
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
   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

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:
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
March 10, 2017
5th Annual Fox River Summit
Burlington, Wisconsin       Details TBA
NOTE: Date change. Originally scheduled for March 17th.
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 or call him at 630.299.9945.
December 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
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
Please email me if you have an email to add to our mailing list.

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