FREP E-Downstream
Thursday, March 24, 2016                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, April 13, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Location:  Aurora's RiverEdge Park
360 N. Broadway /Route 25, Aurora IL
Parking is available for the tour behind the Dunham Pavilion
  just north of the Park
Program: Aurora Sustainable Design - RiverEdge Park
              & Rain Gardens
Presenters:  WBK staff; Eric Schoney, City of Aurora
Join us for a behind the scene tour of RiverEdge Park, an 11.3-acre, master-planned outdoor destination located on the banks of the Fox River in downtown Aurora IL. The park includes of an outdoor theatre featuring world-class amenities such as sound and lighting instruments, a mix tower, concessions facilities, and site utilities. Additionally the park includes a recreational, multi-use trail, concrete plazas and walks, native landscaping, and 40,500-square feet of permeable paver plaza.

The Park was built using sustainable design practices and included the restoration of the Fox River shoreline and Blues Island providing a collection of amenities for both active and passive recreation opportunities. The Park opened to the public in June of 2013 and has become a popular entertainment destination, attracting 100,000 patrons from the region in the summer of 2015.

The Park was designed by the Aurora Park Collaborative. Local firm WBK provided environmental engineering, landscape architecture, permitting services and construction management.
As part of Aurora’s green component to their Long Term Control Plan for CSO control, the City of Aurora built 112 individual rain gardens at 17 city intersections in 2014.  This $1.7 million project is funded by the largest IEPA Illinois Green Infrastructure Grant to-date and relies on Aurora’s sandy soils to provide significant infiltration/volume control.

Design considerations included multiple engineered soil mix pilots, traffic operations design, ADA curb ramp upgrades, neighborhood-based landscape architecture restoration plans, provision for future performance monitoring,  storm water quantity and quality modeling, routine and non-routine rain garden maintenance, and integrated public informational meetings.

The incorporation of green features into this project has resulted in an aesthetically impactful community amenity for the City of Aurora. Strand and project partner, Hey and Associates, designed Aurora’s rain gardens.  
President's Message

 There were two interesting events recently where FREP was well-represented, and I spoke on behalf of FREP. The first was the inaugural meeting of a new group called the Fox Valley Sustainability Network. I found this to be an exciting new group coalescing around the broader notion of sustainability for communities in our Fox River valley. They have not defined their geography yet, and are still finding their way, but I encourage anyone who was not there to search for them on Facebook and learn more.

Then of course many of us attended the
4th Annual Fox River Summit. I would say that we heard many very interesting presentations, though an overarching theme seemed to be the lack of funding that many groups including FREP face. And depressing tales of new, inscrutable invasive species coming our way. But as always, there was great information exchange, brainstorming and shared experiences and goals across the state line.

Our Fox River has many people, and many organizations continuing the fight to improve our watershed and river. We need to keep our collaborative and synergistic spirit and move forward. Many thanks to Tom Slawski and the SE Fox River Partnership for putting a great event together again.

Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates, FREP President
Upcoming FREP Meetings & Programs:
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 on Facebook
FREP now has a Facebook page.
Many photos from the Fox River Summit on March 18th were posted there.
Please visit & LIKE our page!
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 or Membership Meeting
, 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.
Watch for the presentations from the March 18th Fox River Summit to be posted,
as soon as they are available, on our Summit Page.
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!
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.
The Core Development Team of the WI-IL Fox River Water Trail Initiative met on March 7th in beautiful Waterford, Wisconsin next to the Fox River. We discussed a possible one-mile boundary from the bank of the Fox River for development of the Water Trail Map. Barb Messick wrote the letter introducing the Initiative which was sent to many stakeholders on March 15th.  Additional stakeholders will be added to the database and will also receive the letter. The Team talked about collecting access site data. The next meeting is scheduled for April 4th at the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, McHenry County. Rebecca Ewald and Karen Miller, co-chairs of the Core Development Team presented on the Initiative at the Fox River Summit on March 18th in Burlington, Wisconsin.   
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.
Early-bird registration: Join April 1st or later, and your membership will be good for 2016-17:

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
The Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed-based Plan and an Executive Summary were approved by Illinois EPA.  The documents are undergoing final formatting and will be posted to the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning page on the FREP website in the near future.

A plan implementation kick-off meeting is being planned for mid- to late spring.  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
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:
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 Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. Second St., Geneva, IL
September 13-14, 2016 Beyond the Basics 2016: The Devil's in the Details
Stormwater Management Conference presented by The Conservation Foundation
Check our River Clean-Ups Page for a calendar of Fox River watershed clean-ups. 

If you have a Clean-Up for us to post, please email
Center for Watershed Protection’s  Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series:
    •  Sponsored by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, held at facilities in Libertyville.
       2016:  Wednesdays -- May 18, June 15, September 14, October 12, November 16
      Check Flyer for specific locations       Noon to 1:30 PM        
      FREE - Bring your own lunch         1 CEC/2 PDH per webcast
      RSVP for each one to Darcy McNeill  
      Questions? Call Susan Vancil at(847) 377-7714
    •  Sponsored by Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources   Noon to 1:30 PM
         2016:  Wednesdays -- October 12, November 16    
       1st Floor Water Resources Conference Room, 719 S. Batavia Avenue, Geneva
       RSVP to Cecilia Govrik at 
   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.

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