Wednesday, July 27, 2016                                                   Greetings from FREP!
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FREP Noon Network:
Wednesday, August 10, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Norris Woods Creek Stabilization and
               Water Quality Improvement Project
Location: St. Charles Park District
               Pottawatomie Community Center
               8 North Avenue, St. Charles
Presenter: Denis Kania, Manager of Natural Areas,
                St. Charles Park District
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.  The channel scouring revealed an area containing small boulders and large cobble that had developed into a short section of relatively stable, aesthetically pleasing and geomorphologically appropriate stream channel.

The naturally occurring large cobble and small boulder materials provide bed and bank stability.  This reach was used as a template for developing structures composed of naturally occurring material that would decrease the stream velocity and armor its banks.
For those that are interested, a site tour will be available after the presentation.

Denis Kania, Manager of Natural Areas for the St. Charles Park District will discuss the challenges presented by working within an Illinois Nature Preserve buffer where it is difficult to tread lightly with excavators and backhoes.

This program is free, reservations are not required, and the public is welcome.
President's Message
Celebrating 20 Years
at our July 8th Picnic
Our 20th annual FREP picnic was a wonderful time, with perfect weather, and a great setting. We were joined by the preserve’s namesake, Jon Duerr, who was a key founding member of FREP. Jon was still full of stories of conservation in Kane County over the many decades of his career. We were also joined by 4 of our past presidents who reflected on our 20 years of accomplishments. Before the picnic we received messages from John Thompson and Barb Scheffer, who were also key founding members of FREP in our early days (JT was our second president). Laura Ross Stuart also sent her regards. It was great to reconnect, especially for those of us who’ve been involved in FREP since the beginning in 1996.

A lot has happened and been accomplished over those 20 years, since we first began meeting and wrote our Integrated Watershed Management Plan. But now the question is --  how does FREP remain relevant and continue to have a positive impact on the Fox River watershed? Most of our funding sources have evaporated, but BMPs have become more commonplace. We’ve removed some dams, but many remain. As I mentioned in my last message, people want to do the right thing and help out – but how do we engage and connect them?

So whether you’re new or not-so-new to FREP – send us a message (let me know someone actually reads this.) Let us know what you think FREP’s priorities should be, what we should offer in our meetings and Noon Networks, where we should seek funding, and any other relevant thoughts you may have. Feel free to post pics and thoughts on our Facebook page. And you can always email me or Becky Hoag, our communications manager. 
Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates, FREP President
Upcoming FREP Meetings & Programs:
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
Rt. 31, Oswego         Website
    Photo from Fox Metro
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 
FREP Membership Meeting
Location & Program TBA

If you would like to host this meeting or have a program idea, please let us know.
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.
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.
UPDATE: On Monday July 18th the Core Development Team met in the Village of Waterford, Wisconsin. The Team congratulated Waterford on a successful ribbon cutting of two new canoe and kayak launches on the Fox River.  Several dignitaries spoke including the National Park Service’s Angie Tornes who is providing technical assistance for the Fox River Water Trail Initiative. Work continues on developing an app-based survey that can be used to collect data on access sites, river segments and dams along the Fox River.

Anyone interested in collecting data please contact the Core Development Team at  
For more information, visit the Water Trail Initiative page HERE, or contact Karen Ann Miller at
  Please participate in an online survey about the Fox River
Those who live and work in the Fox River Watershed are being asked to complete an online survey.
Claudia Angulo Duato is an international student at IIT, preparing for a Masters in Environmental Engineering, and currently working on a research project focused on how stakeholders interact with the watershed.

This study is to provide a new perspective that could be taken into account in future studies of the watershed, such as its modeling. The survey provides information on the perception of different stakeholders about the watershed's issues and their opinion about what it is being done to improve the situation.
Survey Link:
Won't you take a few moments to complete this short survey for Claudia?
If you have any questions, contact Claudia at
FREP Membership Roll
Thank you to those below who have responded to our new membership drive for 2016-17
Our annual membership drive began in June and dues notices were sent out to current members.
We will be sending out membership appeals to additional potential members soon.
Use the online membership form and link to make your payment through PayPal HERE
A printable/mailable form  HERE
Michael Ander, Friend, Sleepy Hollow
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 Batavia
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
The Conservation Foundation
Crystal Lake Park District
DeKalb County Forest Preserve District
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Dundee Township
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Friends of the Fox River
Geneva Park District
Hey & Associates
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Forest Preserve District
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
Lake in the Hills Sanitary District
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 Port Barrington
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,  
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
FREP has passed resolutions in support of the Boone-Dutch Creek & 9 Lakes Watershed plans and they are posted on the individual webpages for these watersheds.
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

Tour in Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed
Dear Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed Planning Partners,

You are invited to a tour of the restored Gladstone Fen at 6:00 p.m. on August 11 or 12. Gladstone Fen, owned by Lorna Gladstone and her brother, is an Illinois State Nature Preserve located on Cherry Vallery Road within the Powers Creek subbasin of the Boone Creek Watershed.  This approximately seven acre nature preserve is protected forever by an easement held by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.  Over the decades the fen became overgrown with invasive species and was actually becoming drier as the stream through the site was cutting more deeply into the soil and dewatering the surrounding area.
Through a grant, the Nature Preserves Commission was able to restore original hydrology to the area.  And with many hours of effort from Lorna and multiple volunteers, the invasive species were removed.

If you would like to attend one of the tours, please RSVP to the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County office at 815-338-0393 or at by Monday, August 8th.  It is necessary to know the number of participants to plan for refreshments and to determine how many tour guides are needed.  Information about where to park will be provided to those who RSVP.
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:
Monday, August 8, 2016 Friends of the Fox River's 26th Anniversary Fundraiser - Craft Beer Event

Bandito Barney's, East Dundee
Reservations  FEE   LINK
September 13-14, 2016 Beyond the Basics 2016: The Devil's in the Details
Stormwater Management Conference presented by The Conservation Foundation
September 13, 2016 Openlands TreeKeeper® at The Morton Arboretum
Training program for volunteers begins  (6 week training)
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
From CMAP News:
Soles and Spokes
The Federal Transit Administration has created a webpage listing the agency's bicycle-related infrastructure funding opportunities. The U.S. Department of Transportation published summaries of 52 road safety assessments from across the country as part of the Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative for pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Energy Efficient Building Codes Workshop
The National Association of Regional Councils, the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition, and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability will host a workshop on Tuesday, August 9, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at CMAP,
(233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800, Chicago) to discuss the upcoming vote on the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code. Registration is now available.
From Morton Arboretum Community Trees Program - Funding Opportunities:
Application due: September 1, 2016  TREE Fund
The Tree Fund’s Research Fellowship Program is now offering a $100,000 grant on the theme of “urban forest sustainability.” Learn more.
This website lists thousands of grants and funding opportunities available from federal, state, regional, and community sources. It is available to public and private pre-K–12 schools, districts, and educators; higher education institutions; and nonprofit organizations that work with them. Learn more.
The Community Trees Program funding resources webpage lists more information on grants and other funding sources. For a PDF of annual grant programs, click here.
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  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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