Thursday, May 26, 2016                                                   Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Noon - 1:30 PM
Location:   Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park,
                Harts Road, Ringwood, IL 
                (Don't use Google Maps!)
Take Rt. 31 to Harts Road approximately 7-8 miles north of McHenry. Turn West on Harts and follow the signs for Lost Valley Visitor Center.
If you're coming from the north take Route 12 to 31 and turn south for a mile and then west on Harts Road and follow the signs for the Lost Valley Visitor Center.
Nippersink Restoration & Tile Removal
                Walking Tour of the Project
Presenters:  Ed Collins, Director of Land Preservation &
                    Natural Resources, McHenry County Conservation Dist.
                  Vern Scacci, Trustee
Nippersink 2002      Photo by Ray Mathis
The restoration of Nippersink Creek has been a decade’s long process and involved multiple partners, grantors and volunteers. It has occurred in phases, beginning with headwater streams that feed the main stem of the river and the completion of four major projects in the main channel. These have included de-channelization, bank stabilization, in stream riffles, extensive invasive species control and reseeding of native plant communities.
Detailed description of the project  
For our Walking Tour - please dress appropriately and bring bug spray!  
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

In celebration of our 20th anniversary I am very pleased to be unveiling our updated FREP logo in this edition of the Downstream. It was completed by our “resident artist” Nancy Williamson, who designed our original logo and this update, along with some other original art pieces “commissioned” by FREP over the years. And our web page has also been freshened up to match the new logo color scheme, by our communications manager, Becky Hoag. Becky continues to provide tremendous support to FREP, which extends well beyond our funding. Many thanks to Becky and Nancy!

To share in the 20th anniversary celebration, please plan to join us for our annual FREP picnic to be held Friday, July 8th from 3-6pm at Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve. It was the site of our first FREP picnic, and was formerly called Blackhawk Forest Preserve. Please RSVP to Becky, bring a dish to share, and bring your own lawn chair. Grilled meat and beverages will be provided. We are also planning an evening birding walk along the river for those that are interested. We may have some top-notch international birders joining us.

Finally, the FREP fiscal year runs July through June – so it is time for your annual renewal of dues within the next month. We will be sending out reminders – please respond generously and ask your like-minded friends (and organizations) to join us in this, our 20th year. 

Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates, FREP President
Pictured below are two of our past FREP presidents,
Bill Donnell & JT Thompson, at our July 2001 picnic at Blackhawk, which is now Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve.
We are returning to the Kane County Forest Preserve complex to celebrate FREP's 20th anniversary.
The preserve features woodland, picnicking, fishing, bird watching, and a boat and canoe launch. With the trail bridge crossing the river, this is a major trail hub and stopping point on the Fox.
         35W003 Route 31, on the west bank of the Fox River
Bring a dish to share, and bring your own lawn chair. Grilled meat and beverages will be provided. We are also planning an evening birding walk along the river for those that are interested. We may have some top-notch international birders joining us.

Families & friends welcome.
 Preserve Map
Please RSVP to Becky,
Upcoming FREP Meetings & Programs:
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 
FREP Noon Network 
    Noon - 1:30 PM
Location:   St. Charles
Program:  St. Charles Park District's Norris Woods Creek Project
  Photo from St. Charles Park Dist. 
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 
No September Membership Meeting   We encourage members to attend
Beyond the Basics 2016: The Devil's in the Details
Stormwater Management Conference
presented by The Conservation Foundation    Website
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
FREP Noon Network       Noon - 1:30 PM
Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation
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!
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.
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

Minutes of FREP Meetings can be found HERE.
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.
The 4th Annual Fox River Summit held in Burlington, Wisconsin on March 18th  provided an opportunity to network with fellow Fox River stakeholders and for co-chairs Rebecca Ewald and Karen Miller to provide an update on the Wisconsin-Illinois Fox River Water Trail Initiative.

On April 4th the Core Development Team held their monthly meeting at the Lost Valley Visitor Center in McHenry County to begin discussion on the data to be collected on existing conditions at access points, dams and portages along the Fox River and agencies or organizations that may have that data or have volunteers willing to assist in the collection of that data.  Greg Farnham, Coordinator of the Rock River Trail Initiative found that dividing the River into sections made data collection more manageable.  Angie Tornes from the National Park Service began a discussion about defining “accessibility” and will provide more guidance.  The Team also discussed existing maps and potential funding sources that may prove helpful in the process of developing the Water Trail.

The Core Development Team met in Waterford, Wisconsin on May16th.  The Team finalized the data to be collected about access sites, dams and portages and further discussed who may be interested in assisting.  Rick Kania from SEWRPC proposed a map he designed that illustrated dividing the Fox River into segments by County for ease of data collection.  The Team is also looking for a regional agency or organization willing and able to hold the data collected with access for future updates. Funding needs and possible sources was also discussed.

The Team anticipates that data collection and draft map production may occur this summer and fall with public outreach to identify additional partners and review the proposed map may happen in winter and spring of 2017.  Angie requested Karen draft a letter to the National Park Service requesting her technical assistance for another year.
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
Our annual membership drive begins in June and dues notices will be sent out to current members.
There is an 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
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.
A very special thank you:
FREP was honored to be the recipient of $900 from
the Unitarian Universalist Church of Geneva
following a screening of Damnation & other activities of their Environmental Committee.
We appreciated the participation and discussion following the screening
and thank them for supporting FREP in this way.
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:
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 have posted the listings for all the upcoming
 Friends of the Fox River 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 -- 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     Flyer
        1st Floor Water Resources Conference Room, 719 S. Batavia Avenue, Geneva
       RSVP to Cecilia Govrik at 
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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