Friday, June 24, 2016                                                   Greetings from FREP!
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FREP 20th Anniversary Picnic   - PLEASE JOIN US TO CELEBRATE!
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.

Families & friends welcome.
 Preserve Map
Please RSVP to Becky, foxriverinfo@comcast.net
or call 630-482-9157
President's Message
Celebrating 20 Years
 

Most people want to help, to do the right thing, to make a difference. But often, they don’t know how or where to turn. Many times folks even do the wrong things, based on misinformation or misconceptions. The recent example of the people visiting Yellowstone who put the baby bison in their car because it looked cold comes to mind.

And locally, there are many environmental groups all seeking your attention and your dollars. So how do you decide who to support, where to get involved, how to get involved? Even within our own Fox River watershed – what’s the difference between FREP and Friends of the Fox River, what does the Fox River Study Group do? And what’s this new group called the Fox Valley Sustainability Initiative?

So to help you, and all of your friends who want to help do the right things, we recently had a conversation amongst the leaders of FREP, FRSG, FOFR, and FVSN to discuss how we can better work together, leverage our few dollars, and help people figure out where and how to engage. We don’t want to compete, but to collaborate and bring more positive benefit to our watershed. So stay tuned, and watch our respective web pages and Facebook pages for more information and ways to stay connected to best help your watershed. 

Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates, FREP President
Upcoming FREP Meetings & Programs:
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 
FREP Noon Network 
    Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:
 
Norris Woods Creek Stabilization and Water Quality Improvement Project
Location: St. Charles Park District's Pottawatomie Community Center                8 North Avenue, St. Charles
Presenter: Denis Kania, Manager of Natural Areas
                St. Charles Park District
For those that are interested, a site tour will be available after the presentation.
Norris Woods Creek is a tributary of the Fox River and is a small, flashy ephemeral stream that receives predominantly urban runoff.

Historically the watershed had a more permeable surface and Norris Woods Creek was likely nothing more than a steep, vegetated swale.  In more recent years runoff had generated storm flows that exceeded the natural channel capacity causing the stream to adjust laterally and vertically to accommodate the increase in flow. As a result, the stream bed had scoured up to four feet in depth and numerous headcuts indicated the scouring process would continue.

The purpose of the Norris Woods Creek Repair Project was to protect the Fox River from non-point source pollutants from stream channel erosion, a golf course and urban runoff.
 
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
Program:  
Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 
FREP Membership Meeting
Location & Program TBA
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 offer this benefit to our attendees.
 
The Noon Network on June 8th included a tour, led by Ed Collins, of the Nippersink Creek Restoration Project at Glacial Park in McHenry County.
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   foxriverinfo@comcast.net

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 Core Development Team met on June 6th at Lost Valley Nature Center in McHenry County.  The members in attendance discussed currently existing access site data for Wisconsin and what is needed.  The data will be given to the Counties to check for accuracy. A Google Doc of the draft spreadsheet containing categories of data to be collected at access sites in both Wisconsin and Illinois was created.  Once that document is finalized the Team will look for individuals interested in collecting access site data.  The Team is also looking for a regional agency to house the data, maps, etc.  The Team will be submitting a letter to the National Park Service requesting another year of technical assistance from Angie Tornes.  
For more information, visit the Water Trail Initiative page HERE, or contact Karen Ann Miller at millerkaren@co.kane.il.us.
Waterford, Wisconsin opens 4 new canoe/kayak launches
on the Fox River
Waterford, Wisconsin, one of our partners in the WI-IL Fox River Water Trail Initiative and host community of the annual Fox River Summit, has opened four new canoe/kayak launches on the Fox River. The opening was celebrated at an event on June 16th.

The launches are located in Waterford at Village Hall Park and at Racine County’s Case Eagle Park in Rochester. The cooperative project between Racine County and the Village of Waterford was funded, in part, through a Stewardship Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Racine Community Foundation.

Angie Tornes from the National Park Service; Cathy Stepp, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; and Sheila Bugalecki, President of Racine Community Foundation spoke at the ribbon-cutting, which included guests and speakers from the three counties along the Fox River in Wisconsin.

The Stewardship Grant covered 50% of the construction costs, with the Foundation providing $40,000, and the Village and County paying the balance for their respective sites. The total cost of the project was $208,122.50. Native Construction was contracted to complete the four launch sites.

As the WI-IL Fox River Water Trail Initiative progresses, these new launches will be a great feature for the prospective water trail system.
   EPA 319 Grants
IEPA - EPA Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program grant applications are due to Illinois EPA by the close of business on August 1, 2016.
CLICK HERE for details.

The FREP resolutions of support for watershed-based plans are available on our website HERE. If there is one for your subwatershed and you are applying for a grant, be sure and include the resolution with your grant applications.
FREP Membership Roll
Thank you to those below who responded for 2015-16
Our annual membership drive began in June and dues notices have been sent out to current members.
We will be sending out membership appeals to additional potential members in July.
We look forward to posting our 2016-17 Members in the next Downstream.

TO PAY YOUR ANNUAL DUES/TO JOIN FREP:
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
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.
 
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, hhudson@cmap.illinios.gov.  
 
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 hhudson@cmap.illinois.gov
 
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   
Webpage

Boone Creek Watershed Alliance  
Website

Ferson-Otter Creek Watershed   
Webpage 

Flint Creek Watershed Partnership 
Website

Jelkes Creek-Fox River Watershed Coalition   Webpage 

Nippersink Creek Watershed  
Website 

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition
     Webpage

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: foxriverinfo@comcast.net
September 13-14, 2016 Beyond the Basics 2016: The Devil's in the Details
Stormwater Management Conference presented by The Conservation Foundation
Website
 
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 foxriverinfo@comcast.net
 
Center for Watershed Protection’s  Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series:
    •  Sponsored by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, held at facilities in Libertyville.
       2016:  Wednesdays -- 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    dmcneill@lakecountyil.gov      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 govrikcecilia@co.kane.il.us 
 
Becky Hoag, Communications Manager, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership    630-482-9157   foxriverinfo@comcast.net
Please email me if you have an email to add to our mailing list.
FREP WEBSITE: 
foxriverecosystem.org

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This newsletter is posted on the FREP Website on the Downstream Newsletter Archives Page