FREP E-Downstream
Wednesday, April 27, 2016                                                        Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 11, 2016      1 PM
Location:  Village Board Room at the Ganek Municipal Center
                (Algonquin Village Hall)
                 2200 Harnish Drive Algonquin, IL 60102
Program: Woods Creek Watershed
         Michele Zimmerman, Assistant Public Works Director,
         Village of Algonquin
In early 2011, the inter-governmental group of partners, known as Woods Creek Watershed Committee (WCWC), consisting of Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, and Crystal Lake Park District applied for and received Illinois Environmental Protection Agency funding through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act to produce a comprehensive “Watershed-Based Plan” for the Woods Creek watershed.

As part of the plan, an inventory of the characteristics, problems, and opportunities in the watershed was examined resulting in a list of action items and projects to be implemented. Using the watershed plan as a guide, the Village of Algonquin has completed several projects listed in the action plan.

These include restoration of the Spella Fen buffer, the Cove drainage ditch, and much of the riparian area adjacent to Woods Creek.

A successful watershed plan involves participation to get projects completed.  Using the data analysis in the plan along with calling out critical restoration areas, both the Village of Algonquin and the Crystal Lake Park District have now received 319 grants for project implementation.

The Village of Algonquin will be giving a presentation on how to use a watershed plan to complete projects as well a walking tour to see our watershed projects in action!
FREP Executive Committee will meet at 11 AM
FREP members, potential members, and the general public are welcome to attend FREP Meetings, Noon Networks, and programs. Reservations are not required.
President's Message
    Celebrating 20 Years

Anniversaries are milestones usually celebrated for the accomplishments they represent. This year marks several anniversaries that are significant in the conservation movement in our region and our country. As many of you may know, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. It is being celebrated across the country at our many national parks. Though the challenge of the next century will be to find how to experience and celebrate our national parks without “loving them to death.”

More locally, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a national park, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with many celebrations planned for the year. Indiana Dunes averages as many visitors per year as Yellowstone! A new documentary being released this week celebrates the Indiana Dunes and the challenges of sustainability for the future – it is called Shifting Sands.

2016 also marks the 20th anniversary of our regional conservation coalition, Chicago Wilderness. Considered an oxymoron by many, Chicago Wilderness continues to work across the region, including the Fox River watershed, to further conservation goals across the many jurisdictional boundaries within our region. Celebrations and activities are planned for the fall of this year – see for more information.

And finally, and most dear to our hearts – it has also been 20 years since we launched the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership or FREP. I have been privileged to be involved in FREP from the beginning – along with folks like Bill Donnell and Nancy Williamson. Nancy was with FREP before she worked for the IDNR!

We’ve come a long way, and FREP is one of, if not the only ecosystem partnership remaining active in Illinois. And we have many challenges ahead of us. So if you’re actually reading this message– please let me know of your ideas for celebrating our 20 years and what you think the priority issues should be for FREP in the next 20 years!

Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates, FREP President
Upcoming FREP Meetings & Programs:
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!
Photos from our well-attended FREP Noon Network on April 13, 2016 at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

Aurora Sustainable Design
 RiverEdge Park
 & Rain Gardens

Eric Schoney, City of Aurora
Patrick Kelsey, WBK Engineering

Eric's presentation Using Green Infrastructure to Control Combined Sewer Overflows & the Aurora Rain Garden Program can be found on our website presentations page HERE
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.
The presentations from the March 18th Fox River Summit are posted, on our Summit Page.
Many of our past Noon Network & Membership Meeting presentations are available in pdf form HERE
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.
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 NOW 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
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 is being 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
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:
Saturday & Sunday
April 30 & May 1
Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge International Migratory Bird Day Activities
Watch a wildlife biologist capture, band, and release birds that are passing through the area on their way North. Kids can explore a simulated mist net (the birds are not real), practice their banding skills on duck decoys and learn about birds' wingspans and nests.
FREE activities at:
  Four Seasons Nature Preserve, Lake Geneva, WI
  Lost Valley Visitors Center, Glacial Park, Ringwood, IL
  McHenry Dam
  Volo Bog
Check website for the schedule & details
June 5, 2016
Mid-America Canoe & Kayak Race on the Fox River
Sponsored by Fox Valley Park Dist.
10 Miles Begins at Mt. St. Mary's Park, St. Charles
  6 Miles Begins at Batavia VFW
Registration   Fee    Website
June 5, 2016
Pedal-Paddle-Saddle Through the Prairie
Sponsored by McHenry County Conservation Foundation
Start at Glacial Park, Ringwood      Paddle the Nippersink
Registration    Fee    Website
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.

We are looking for listings!

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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