Thursday, August 25, 2016                                                   Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
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, November 9, 2016 
FREP Membership Meeting
Fermilab, Batavia   Room TBA
Osprey Nests and Platforms in the Fox River Watershed – by Michael Campbell, Illinois Audubon
 and Ecological Restoration at Fermilab, Ryan Campbell

If you would like to host this meeting or have a program idea, please let us know.
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
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.
President's Message
First off, I have yet to receive any messages indicating anyone is reading these messages. Maybe no one does – maybe you all just look at the pretty pictures, check for the next meeting dates and topics and move on. (I know I am guilty of that with other organizations newsletters).

And if anyone is reading this, did you attend the noon networks at St Charles Park District/Norris Woods Creek, and McHenry County Conservation District/Nippersink Creek?  What was the common element of the two projects? At least for the completed phases on the Nippersink Creek project, and the one Norris Woods Creek project the common element was that both agencies chose to do all of the work in house – without the use on contractors or consultants for the most part. They rented equipment and had their own staff including seasonals do the work. Pretty impressive.

Get out and enjoy what’s left of summer along our Fox River and its tributaries!  
Jeff Mengler, Hey & Associates, FREP President
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: The Core Development Team met at Lost Valley Nature Center in McHenry County on August 15th.  We continued to discuss the access and dam data available for the Wisconsin portion of the Fox River.  The team also refined the survey that will be available to the public to help collect data in Illinois.  That tool will be available soon and we are looking for volunteers to help collect that data. It’s a great opportunity to get out on the River!  The Team is also looking for one or more persons to coordinate volunteers along the Fox River either for the state of Illinois or for each of the Counties in Illinois.  Click here for the job description.   If you are interested in volunteering to collect data and/or to coordinate volunteers please contact Karen Ann Miller.
For more information, visit the Water Trail Initiative page HERE, or contact Karen Ann Miller at
  Urban Forest Initiative
  Help Develop a Tree Canopy Cover Goal for Kane County
The urban forest is comprised of all the trees on public and private land across all land uses in Kane County where people live, work and recreate including street trees, forested natural areas and even the trees in residents’ backyards.  Unfortunately the state of our urban forest needs our help because of intense infestations from invasive insects and plants; low species and age diversity; below average canopy cover; inadequate funding to support their care; and inadequate number of trees in lower income communities.
Why should we care?  Because these beautiful creatures of nature provide us with the following benefits:
• Clean pollutants from the air that can cause illnesses like asthma and cancer;
• Clean water in lakes, rivers and groundwater;
• Sequester and store carbon from greenhouse gas emissions;
• Support the economy by increasing property values; reducing energy bills, stormwater flood damage and crime rates;
• Exposure to nature improves immune systems, lowers blood pressure and psychological health;
• Habitat for native birds, mammals and pollinators; and
• Significant aesthetic value, improve property values and contribute to livable communities.
What do we need to do?  First we need to increase awareness of our urban forest with elected officials and the general public in order to increase resources.  The Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI), a collaboration of organizations working together to preserve, protect and enhance the urban forest to preserve, protect and enhance our quality of life is developing a tree canopy goal for the Chicago region by county.  The Kane County Planning Cooperative is working with the CRTI to develop a tree canopy cover goal for Kane County. 
What can you do?  Join the KCPC and the CRTI at a workshop to learn about the importance of improving our urban forest by developing a tree canopy cover goal:
Monday, September 19, 2016
9:00 AM to Noon

Barbara Belding Lodge
Brewster Creek Forest Preserve
6N921 IL Rte. 25, Saint Charles
Link for facility

Please RSVP to Melissa Custic at
Our August 10th Noon Network
Denis Kania, Manager of Natural Areas for St. Charles Park District gave an information presentation and tour of the Norris Woods Creek Stabilization and Water Quality Improvement Project. His presentation is now available on the Presentations Page of the FREP website.
FREP on Facebook
FREP has a Facebook page.
Please visit & LIKE our page!
Many of our past Noon Network & Membership Meeting presentations are available in pdf form HERE
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 have sent membership appeals to additional potential members.
Members from last year who have not yet paid will receive a reminder in September.
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
Campton Historic Agricultural, Inc./
   Garfield Farm  Museum
Campton Township
John Church, Friend, Oswego
City of Batavia
City of Elgin
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 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
Living Waters Consultants
Julie Long, Friend, St. Charles
McHenry County
McHenry County Conservation District
McHenry County Conservation Foundation
Oswegoland Park District
Jason Pettit, Friend, Aurora
Larry Rakunas, Friend, St. Charles
Schoppe Design Associates, Inc.
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
V3 Companies
Shawn Van Kampen, Friend, Aurora
Village of Algonquin
Village of Fox River Grove
Village of Lake Barrington
Village of Millbrook
Village of Port Barrington
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,  
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

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:
Sunday, August 28
11 AM - 4 PM
Heirloom Garden Show
Garfield Farm Museum
Five miles west of Geneva, IL off ILL Route 38 on Garfield Road.                     
FEE    Website
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)
October 1, 2016
Tap Your Wild Side Event to support McHenry County Conservation Foundation
 Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Route 21 & Harts Rd., Ringwood
Fee  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
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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