FREP E-Downstream
Friday, February 26, 2016                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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

$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.
2016 Summit Brochure
Summit objectives:
✓Share new tools and practices being developed to protect the Fox River watershed among communities in Wisconsin and Illinois.
✓Continue a dialogue on shared challenges concerning recreation, economics, sustainable flows, surface water/groundwater interactions, sediment and ecosystem services.
✓Build trust among stakeholders and identify commonalities, project successes and future challenges within the watershed.
There is no FREP Membership Meeting in March.
We encourage everyone to attend the Summit, instead.
                Summit Website & Registration HERE
Why Should You Attend?
This program is packed with numerous relevant topics and experts from WI and IL!

Invasive species challenges: Asian Carp & Starry Stonewort & More! Scale matters! How are we doing from the perspective of the Mississippi River Basin? Come learn about the America's Watershed Initiative report card/tool to assess ecosystem health, economy, recreation, tourism, flood risk, and water supply to track changes and progress toward achieving Initiative goals. How do you engage participation and actions to improve water quality—learn new social science research featuring Lake shorelines & farmer-led counsels... Freshwater mussels—Biology & Life History & Ongoing Research

Recreational Potential: The “Fabulous” WI-IL Fox River Water Trail & The Algonquin-CarpentersvilleFox River Corridor Plan

Water Quality Challenges: Wastewater Treatment Plants are planning to monitor water quality? Come and find out how/why! Coal Tar Sealants-Potential Toxicityof PAHs to waterways… What’s Happening with the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership & Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River Commission & the Fox Waterway Agency? and much, much more…
Anchor Keynotes:
The Evolving Science of Watershed Planning, Addressing the Need to Understand Social Context
Aaron Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a land use specialist with UW-Extension.
Report Card for the Mississippi
Harald (Jordy) Jordahl, Director,
America's Watershed Initiative
Additional Speakers:
The Illinois Fox River Group
James Kleinschmidt, P.E., Senior Project Manager, Baxter & Woodman
Fox River Connectivity, Habitat Restoration
& Status of Asiatic Carp Disperal Within the Upper Illinois River System

Frank Veraldi, Ecosystem Planner, USACE, Chicago District
Status & Management of the Invasive Starry Stonewort with Potential Implications for the Fox River System
Tim Plude, Water Resources Mangement Specialist, Bureau of Water Quality / Water Division, WDNR
The Algonquin-Carpentersville Fox River Corridor Plan
Brian Daly, Associate Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
FREP and Northeastern Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership (NIIPP) Update
Jeffrey L. Mengler, PWS, Senior Project Scientist, Hey and Associates, Inc., FREP President
Southeastern WI Fox River Commission (SEWFRC) Update
Jim Pindel, Secretary SEWFRC
Fox Waterway Agency (FWA) Update
Joseph Keller, Executive Director, FWA
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Progress Update:
The Power of Partners

Nancy Williamson, Regional Watershed Coordinator’ Illinois Department
of Natural Resources
Clamming Up: The Unexpected Natural History and Conservation of Freshwater Mussels in the Fox River and Tributaries
Todd Levin, Carroll University, Life and Health Sciences
Coal Tar Sealants-Potential Toxicity of PAHs in Milwaukee Stream Sediments
Austin Baldwin, USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center
WI-IL Fox River Water Trail
Karen Miller, AICP, Kane County & Rebecca Ewald, Administrator, Village of Waterford
President's Message

As spring approaches this year, I’ve been watching the bald eagles on the Fox River in South Elgin almost every day. And seeing reports of them in several other locations along the Fox River this year. I know that at least one pair successfully nested near South Elgin in 2015 – primarily by feeding the eaglets young great blue herons from the nests in the nearby rookery.

It is exciting to see bald eagles making such a great comeback along the Fox River. As always, get outside and keep your eyes open for new and exciting observations within our watershed. It is also exciting to note that our watershed brethren in Wisconsin are forming what they call the Illinois Fox River Group (IFRG) – and asking the municipalities that discharge to the river to join. It is a group very analogous to our Fox River Study Group (FRSG) on the Illinois side. Kind of ironic that the Wisconsin group uses Illinois in their name – to differentiate it from the “other” Fox River in Wisconsin. I hope that doesn’t get confusing – but it’s all about folks concerned with improving the water quality of our Fox River. Watch our Downstream and web page for updates on both groups.  

Finally, I hope to see you all at the 4th annual Fox River Summit on March 18, 2016 in Burlington, Wisconsin. Special thanks to Tom Slawski for again pulling together a great program and facilitating this great event.  Born out of discussion at an earlier summit, the vision of a water trail on the Fox River is growing clearer as a core development team works toward realization of the WI-IL Fox River Water Trail. Team members from Wisconsin and Illinois will share the vision, mission, and goals for developing the trail. A technical assistance grant from the National Park Service’s Rivers Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program is providing guidance to the team, which will next be turning attention to the role of organizations, municipalities, and counties, paddling enthusiasts, environmentalists, and others interested in taking part in public workshops to assist in developing the 223 mile water trail from Lisbon, Wisconsin to Ottawa, Illinois.  

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 February 10th meeting program:
   The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI)  Thank you Melissa Custic for this great program!
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 fourth meeting was held February 8, 2016. An update will be presented at the Fox River Summit on March 18th.
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
Ann Drover, Friend, Batavia
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 91% 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

Our annual membership drive begins in June and dues notices will be sent out.
Watershed Planning
Next Meeting:   TBA
Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed in McHenry County
A final draft of the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed-based Plan was sent to Illinois EPA in late February for final review. This final draft is also posted on the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning page on the FREP website. Watershed stakeholders are encouraged to review the plan and provide any comments or corrections to Holly Hudson at CMAP by March 11. Following approval by Illinois EPA, the final plan will be posted on the FREP website.

A plan implementation kick-off meeting will be held in late winter/early spring. 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 2, 2016  5-7 PM
McHenry County Green Drinks
The group gathers monthly upstairs at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake
Guest speaker will be Sarah Michehl from the Land Conservancy who will be presenting  some simple tips on how you can make your property into a living ecosystem, attracting birds and butterflies, conserving water, and using chemicals responsibly.    Website
March 10, 2016
7 PM
Screening of the documentary Damnation
Montgomery Village Hall, 200 N. River St.
sponsored by The Conservation Foundation & Village of Montgomery
FREE  Open to the Public    Reservations not required
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
Friday, April 22, 2016
7 PM
Earth Day
Screening of the documentary Damnation
 Unitaritan Universalists Church, 102 S. Second St., Geneva, IL
   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 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