Monday, January 23, 2017                                          Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
Upcoming FREPNoon Network:
Wednesday, February 8, 2017  Noon to 1 PM
Location: Forest Preserve Dist. of Kane County,
   1996 South Kirk Road, Suite 320, Geneva, IL 60134
Program:  Kane County Open Space Referendum
Monica Meyers, Forest Preserve Dist. of Kane County
& Brook McDonald, The Conservation Foundation
This program is free and open to the public.

On April 4, 2017 the Kane County Forest Preserve District is asking voters for $50 million which will preserve approximately 2,000 acres of land and add to their existing holdings of approximately 21,000 acres. 

Targeted lands will be open space along rivers and streams and areas that will connect and add size to their existing forest preserves.

A portion of the funds will be spent on preserve improvements, such as trails and public access to recently acquired properties, and ecological restoration projects. Many people feel now is the time to act as land prices are still at low levels and there are many willing sellers.

The cost for a $250,000 home is $1.83 per month for 20 years.  In addition, the Forest Preserve District is lowering property taxes at the same time from previous approved bonds being paid off early. So even if this referendum passes, tax bills will still be going down significantly.

Call The Conservation Foundation at (630) 428-4500, ext. 112 or ext. 201 if you would like more information.
5th Annual Fox River Summit
Celebrating SUCCESS & Addressing SHARED CHALLENGES
Friday, March 10, 2017
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Veterans Terrace at Echo Park
589 Milwaukee Avenue Burlington, WI 53105

FEE:  $35 Advance Registration - Online Only
Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks & Materials

Registration Now Open. Visit this link for details & to register:

The Summit was originally scheduled for March 17th.  We hope you can now attend on March 10th.

Summit Presentations Include:
Monarchs and Margaritas, Vincent J. Mosca, Vice President - Senior Ecologist, Hey and Associates, Inc.
Proposed Changes to Water Quality Standards and How They Differ from the Current Standards in Wisconsin,
Kristi Minahan, Water Quality Standards Specialist, WDNR
Greater Redhorse and River Redhorse Status and Distribution in the Fox River Near Aurora, Illinois, Leonard Dane, Fish Biologist, Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
And more!

One Earth Film Festival Screening of "Hometown Habitat"  on Monday, March 6th
FREP is pleased to be joining with other partners to be part of the One Earth Film Festival in its 6th year. Last year almost 3,500 attendees viewed 43 screenings of 33 films in over 37 locations throughout Chicagoland, and in locations in the adjacent counties of Lake and DuPage. This year’s festival promises to expand its reach, attendance and impact region-wide, and this is why we’ve been approached in Kane County to host a screening.

For 2017 there will be 47 screenings at 39 venues.
One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement. They showcase top-issue, thought-provoking environmental films and lead audiences in interactive post-film discussions focused on solutions. One Earth Film Festival is a production of Green Community Connections.
One Earth Film Festival     Green Community Connections

Hometown Habitat Film Website
Fox Watershed Environmental Organziations
Co-Sponsoring the March 6th Screening:
Fox River Ecosystem Partnership (FREP)
The Conservation Foundation
Kane County Environmental & Water Resources Division
Friends of the Fox River
Fox River Sustainability Network
Sierra Club, Valley of the Fox Group
Fox River Study Group
Additonal Sponsors:
Waubonsee Community College, Venue Host
Hey and Associates
Applied Ecological Services
Bedrock Earthscapes
Information about the sponsors and the Sustainability Resource Fair will be posted soon at this LINK on the FREP website.
Film: Hometown Habitat
Where: Waubonsee Community College’s downtown campus Multipurpose Room,
First floor, 18 S. River St., Aurora, IL
When: 7 PM
Tickets: Attendance is FREE, but tickets should be obtained at a link to soon be available off the One Earth Film Festival website.  Those without tickets will be seated after the ticketholders, as space is available.
Special Bonuses:
Film Director Catherine Zimmerman will be present for a Q&A after the screening
The co-sponsors of this screening will present a Sustainability Resource Fair, to share information about actions filmgoers can make and resources for them to take back to their home and community.
Membership Meetings Scheduled  for 2017
March 2017   We will not hold a membership meeting in March. Instead, we encourage our members to attend the
                         5th Annual Fox River Summit in Burlington, WI on Friday, March 10th

Wednesday, May 10, 2017  1 PM   
Program:  Zika Virus & Mosquito BMPs        
Clarke headquarters, 675 Sidwell Court, St. Charles, IL 60174

Wednesday, September 13, 2017  1 PM    Program:  Sierra Club - Nutrient Reduction Strategies  Location: TBA

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017  1 PM    Program:  Flint Creek Watershed     Location: Barrington Public Library
FREP Noon Networks Scheduled for 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017  Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  The Chicago Living Corridor Alliance, Dundee Township Office, 611 E. Main St., Suite 101, West Dundee
Wednesday, June 14, 2017  Noon - 1:30 PM 
Tour of Midwest Groundcovers Facilities, Rt. 64, St. Charles
Wednesday, August 9, 2017  Noon - 1:30 PM      Program:  Campton Township Field Tour
Wednesday, October 11, 2017  Noon - 1:30 PM    Program:  Tour of Gladstone Fen Restoration in Bull Valley
All FREP Membership Meetings & Programs, and FREP Noon Networks are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Most Noon Networks accomodate us bringing our lunch to eat during the program.
President's Message
Happy 2017! It looks like this year will be filled with challenges, but also opportunities. One opportunity that has arisen is FREP hosting a film screening as part of the One Earth Film Festival 2017. This is an exciting opportunity for FREP, as the purpose of the festival is to inspire people to action – to connect film-goers to local action with groups like FREP, Friends of the Fox River, and our other partners. Please see the other information about this event in this issue of the Downstream and put March 6th on your calendars! Plan to attend, bring friends and family, or volunteer to help at the screening event. Then be ready to help us engage people in our watershed. It is free of charge, though donations are accepted.

Another exciting 2017 opportunity is to support the open space referendum for Kane County Forest Preserve District. They are retiring the bonds from the previous referendum and recent poll numbers show support for another ballot measure. They plan to ask for $50 million, which will allow acquisition of approximately 2000 acres, plus some selected capital projects. Watch for more information between now and the April voting, but this is a real opportunity to help the quality of life for the critters and the people of our watershed. Many FREP members will be a part of the campaign to ensure the success of the vote.

Finally, make sure March 10 is also on your calendars and please join us at the 5th annual Fox River Summit in Burlington, Wisconsin. Our water trail initiative is a direct result of earlier Fox River Summit presentations and discussions. The overall goal of the Summit each year is to provide a forum for information and idea exchange and discussion across the entire Fox River watershed in Illinois and Wisconsin. Registration is already live online
Jeff Mengler, Hey and Associates, FREP President
Our Fox River Watershed Partners
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: January 2017  Joe Keller, Executive Director of the Fox Waterway Agency hosted the Core Development Team (CDT) on January 9, 2017 in Fox Lake. The Team discussed the map Karen Miller is creating illustrating access site, dam and segment data currently available from historical sources. Brian Daly confirmed CMAP is able to store data generated by the Water Trail Initiative.

Angie Tornes mentioned a graphic artist she knows and provided an estimate of the items he could produce (logo, brochure, composite map, interactive website, online map, etc.) Karen will request a similar estimate from a company she is aware of including the possibility of making a short video.

The Team discussed developing a budget over the next few months and possible sources of funding. The CDT will work with FREP to develop a new Fox River Watershed poster. Joe would like to add the water trail map when it is completed to the Fox Waterway Agency’s app. Tom Slawski, Rick Kania and Brian will develop a large map of the work the CDT has done so far to be displayed at the Fox River Summit on March 10th.

The CDT agreed to begin holding interactive public meetings after Illinois completes data collection. Barb Messick will draft a letter updating the Initiative to be sent to those who expressed interest. Angie and Karen described the Kane County Planners Holiday Forum they spoke at in Montgomery, Illinois on December 2nd and presented the Village’s artwork as part of their Initiative called “Montgomery in Motion” that was painted in the street in front of Village Hall. Joe described a project the Fox Waterway Agency is working on to restore an island in Fox Lake that has been eroded to only about a couple of acres.

The CDT will next meet on Tuesday February 21st at a location to be determined.
For more information, visit the Water Trail Initiative page HERE, or contact Karen Ann Miller at
Fox River Corridor Plan Open House
Thursday, March 2, 2017       4:30-7:00pm           
Cary Village Hall, 655 Village Hall Drive, Cary, IL 60013  

How can the water quality and ecology of the river be improved? How can the Fox River better accommodate river users? What improvements to the Fox River area would increase activity in the surrounding communities?

McHenry County Planning and Development is collaborating with Lake County and local agencies, governments, and organizations to create a plan for the Fox River Corridor. The goal of the plan is to increase access to the river, improve environmental quality, and enhance recreational use and river-related commerce.

At this first meeting we want to hear your opinions on the strengths and challenges of the Fox River area (spanning from Route 176, in Burtons Bridge, to Cold Springs Road, in Cary).  Tnis is an open house style kickoff meeting. Drop in any time during this event. Bring your friends and neighbors! Residents, business owners, river users, and other stakeholders welcome.

To RSVP, contact Katanya Raby-Henry at or
312-386-8628. Visit for project news and more information. 
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.
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
Campton Historic Agricultural, Inc./
   Garfield Farm  Museum
Campton Township
John Church, Friend, Oswego
City of Aurora
City of Batavia
City of Elgin
City of St. Charles
Linda Cole, Friend, Aurora
The Conservation Foundation
Crystal Lake Park District
DeKalb County Forest Preserve District
Deuchler Environmental, Inc.
Bill Donnell, Friend, Aurora
Dundee Township
Engineering Enterprises, Inc. - EEI
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, Oswego
Fox Valley Park District, Aurora
Friends of the Fox River
Geneva Park District
Geosyntec Consultants
Hey & Associates
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
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
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
Cindy Skrukrud, Friend, Richmond
St. Charles Park District
Laura Ross Stuart, Friend, Geneva
Tallgrass Restoration, LLC
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 Oakwood Hills
Village of Port Barrington
Nancy Williamson & Steve Byers, Friends, Lakewood
The  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
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.
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 will be 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
   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

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:
February 8, 2017
Fox Valley Sustainability Network Forum on Food & Waste
The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin, IL
1151 N State Street, Elgin, IL        Website
February 15, 2017
11:30 AM
The Conservation Foundation's Winter Membership & Awards Luncheon
Riverside Receptions, 35 North River Lane Geneva, IL 60134
Fox River In The Spotlight: The Conservation Foundation’s New Fox River Initiative
FEE  Brochure/Registration  Website
February 28, 2017
8 AM - Noon
Winter Seminar on Water Quality & Nutrient Management
Presented by Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation Dist.
Elgin Community College, Siegle Auditorium, Building E, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL
FEE     Website/Registration
March 6, 2017
Screening of the Film "Hometown Habitat" part of the One Earth Film Festival
This screening is co-sponsored by FREP and a number of other Fox River partners
Hosted by Waubonsee Community College at their Downtown Campus Multipurpose Room
First Floor, 18 S. River St., Aurora, IL 60506
FREE, Open to the Public            
March 10, 2017
5th Annual Fox River Summit
Burlington, Wisconsin     Info & Registration at
NOTE: Date change. Originally scheduled for March 17th.
March 30 - April 1, 2017 Illinois Lake Management Association's 32nd Annual Conference
Holiday Inn Crystal Lake Conference Center, Crystal Lake, Illinois
Registration/FEE   Website
April 4, 2017
Center for Watershed Protection's 2017 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference       Website
Garfield Farm Museum is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and has announced the year's calendar of events. It can be found HERE in their brochure.  Visit their website for more information HERE.
Fabyan Preserve Stewardship Days   2016-17
The Natural Resources Committee of Geneva, in conjunction with the Kane County Forest Preserve and other environmental enthusiasts are continuing their efforts to remove buckthorn and honeysuckle at Fabyan Park Preserve in Geneva. The goal of this stewardship work is to remove invasive species so that native plants may again flourish below the mighty oaks on the property.
Meet in the parking lot on Rte. 25, east side of the road (across from the windmill) just north of Fabyan Parkway. Start at 9am and work till noon. For more information, contact Jay at or call him at 630.299.9945.
January 28 – 9 a.m. to Noon
February 11 and 25 – 9 a.m. to Noon
March 11 and 25 – 9 a.m. to Noon
April 8 and 22 - 9 a.m. to Noon
May 6 – 9 a.m. to Noon
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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