Wednesday, April 26, 2017                                          Greetings from FREP!
Please visit our Website for additional information and updates on activities shared in this newsletter
 FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 
1 PM
Location: Clarke headquarters
              675 Sidwell Court, St. Charles, IL 60174
               Off of South Tyler Rd - accessed from
               Rt. 64 or Kirk Rd
      Held in The Clearing presentation room
Program:  Zika Virus & Mosquito Best Practices

A tour of Clarke is available after the program
Presenter:  George Balis
                 Clarke, Regional Manager, Midwest
Aedes mosquito
carrier of the
Zika Virus
The program will focus on myths versus facts of mosquito borne diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus. And, on current best practices for mosquito management including monitoring for nuisance levels of mosquito populations.

Clarke: Our mission is to make communities around the world more livable, safe and comfortable. We do this by pioneering, developing and delivering environmentally responsible solutions for public health mosquito control and aquatic habitats.

Clarke's Fight Zika Together webpage
FREP Executive Committee will meet at 11 AM
 in Clarke's conference room
Join us for the next FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 
Noon - 1:30 PM
Tour of Midwest Groundcovers Facility
on Rt. 64 west of St. Charles, south side of road
This property is the former location of The Natural Garden, just west of St. Charles.
Note: this site in not open to the public. This will be a special tour for our group. Location not to be confused with their main facility on Rt. 25, north of St. Charles
Photo from Midwest Groundcover's Website
 
All FREP Membership Meetings & Programs, and FREP Noon Networks are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Most Noon Networks accommodate us bringing our lunch to eat during the program.

Many of our past Noon Network & Membership Meeting presentations are available in pdf form HERE
Membership Meetings Scheduled  for 2017
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, 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
 
President's Message
Many thanks to all those that supported the Kane County Forest Preserve District’s open space referendum. It passed by 54% and extended our record of success with these referenda in the watershed. Thanks especially to The Conservation Foundation who managed the campaign again. We even overcame the opposition of the Kane County Board Chair and some “fake news” getting in the local press.

Next up in the increasingly active FREP schedule is GreenTown – Fox Valley. GreenTown returns to the Fox Valley for a day of inspiration and perspiration as we seek to create a healthy and sustainable Fox Valley. Several FREP members are sponsors of this event on April 27th at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. They also solicited big ideas through something they called the Idea Factory – FREP submitted an idea for a Green Infrastructure in the Fox Valley campaign. This idea has been selected for presentation at GreenTown.

There is a fee to attend GreenTown, which includes lunch. You can still register for GreenTown at https://www.greentownconference.com/register/
and they will take walk-ins on Thursday.  
Please join us at our next regularly scheduled FREP meeting on May 10th at 1pm. Our featured speaker will be George Balis who is the Regional Manager, Midwest for Clarke. Yes, the Clarke that does the mosquito control for nearly all of the suburbs in our region. George is a long-time biologist with Clarke and I’ve worked with him before, when West Nile Virus was trending. Now it’s Zika virus. George will help us sort myth from fact, and give us the real scoop on effective mosquito control.

The meeting will be graciously hosted by Clarke at their headquarters located at 675 Sidwell Court, St. Charles, IL 60174. And bring a friend. You don’t have to be a member to attend – FREP meetings are open to anyone. We need more of our watershed compatriots getting the real facts, not fake news, about issues in our watershed.
So I strongly encourage all to attend, and bring a friend or colleague.   
Jeff Mengler, Hey and Associates, FREP President
  Introducing a new feature in the monthly Downstream.

Help us share the beauty and some hidden spots in our
Fox River Watershed!


Email your jpg to Becky Hoag at  foxriverinfo@comcast.net

Please provide your name, photograher's name (if different),
and the location & county, and in what season it was taken
Dick Young Forest Preserve, Kane County, Spring 2017        Photo by Mike Hoag
 
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: April 2017  On April 17th the Core Development Team met at the City of Burlington, Wisconsin Public Works Department.  Our hosts, Mayor Jeannie Hefty, staff and members of organizations discussed the Village’s interactions with the Fox River including support for the Water Trail Initiative and interest in developing a canoe/kayak access.  The Team finalized the documents to be offered to volunteers in order to collect data on access sites and segments as well as an accompanying Volunteer Instruction Guide.  An update on existing Illinois data was provided.  The Team began a discussion on developing a budget and funding opportunities.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 17th at a location in Illinois to be determined.
For more information, visit the Water Trail Initiative page HERE, or contact Karen Ann Miller at millerkaren@co.kane.il.us.
Clean Ups & Volunteer Opportunities
With the seasons of spring and summer it is the time for clean-ups in our watershed. There are a number of opportunities for volunteers to participate.

Friends of the Fox River organize a number of these and their schedule can be found HERE.
   Upcoming Events: 
     Batavia on Saturday, May 20
     Downtown Elgin on Saturday, June 10

Dundee Township Open Space Workdays
Visit our Clean-Ups Page for upcoming dates or the
 Dundee Township Facebook page

Fabyan Preserve Stewardship Days in Geneva
May 6 – 9 a.m. to Noon          FLYER
Meet in the parking lot on Rte. 25, east side of the road (across from the windmill) just north of Fabyan Parkway.
 For more information, contact Jay at jay.womack@gza.com
 or call him at 630.299.9945.

NEW: Monarchs page on the FREP Website
We had a great Noon Network program April 12th on the Fox Valley Monarch Corridor Project, a collaboration among 12 public and private conservation organizations to create habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
With so much information and efforts to save the Monarch Butterflies, a new page was created on the FREP website. A pdf of the Noon Network presentation by The Conservation Foundation is included.
Visit the new Monarchs page HERE.
FREP Membership Roll
Thank you to those below who responded to our 2016-17 membership drive
We had the biggest response in FREP history. Thank you for helping to keep us strong.
Our 2017-18 annual membership drive begins in June when dues notices are sent out to current members.

Anyone who joins April 1st to June will be considered "Early Bird" and your membership
will be good for FY 2017-18

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
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
Jeff Hedrich, Friend, North Aurora
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
Katie Meyer, friend, Elgin
Howard Miller, Friend, Batavia
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 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 Boone-Dutch Creek stakeholder meeting is being planned.  If you would like to be added to the Boone-Dutch Creek Watershed contacts list to be alerted about upcoming meetings, 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.
 
   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 
   Coalition Newsletter 2017 #1 
Read

Nippersink Creek Watershed  
Website 

Silver & Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition
  Webpage

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
Thursday
April 27, 2017
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
GreenTown Fox Valley
Two Brothers Roundhouse 205 N Broadway, Aurora, IL    FEE
More information at Fox Valley Sustainability Network
Saturday
April 29, 2017
9 AM
Garfield Farm's Spring Wildflower Walk
Located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL off IL Rt 38 on Garfield Road
FEE   3 Hour Hike   Website
Saturday & Sunday
April 29 & 30
International Migratory Bird Day Celebrations
Bird Banding, Bird Watching & More
Saturday at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Sunday at Volo Bog
Details on Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge Website
Sunday
June 4, 2017
15th Annual Pedal, Paddle, Saddle Through the Prairie
Fundraising event for McHenry County Conservation Foundation
Starts at Glacial Park, paddling on the Nippersink
FEE  Registration   Website
Center for Watershed Protection’s  Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series:
  Sponsored by Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources   Noon to 1:30 PM
        
2017:   -- Wednesdays: June 21, Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15        Flyer
        Kane County Government Center, Building A, 1st Floor Conference Room, 719 S. Batavia Avenue, Geneva
       RSVP to Cecilia Govrik at govrikcecilia@co.kane.il.us 
2017 Technical Assistance Symposium   Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Registration is now open for the 2017 Technical Assistance Symposium at Roosevelt University (Murray-Green Library, Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago), co-hosted by CMAP and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). 

The symposium will mark the release of the 2017 Call for Projects for the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) and Community Planning programs.  In addition to learning about potential technical assistance opportunities, attendees will have the chance to discuss best practices with past award recipients and get one-on-one input on the application process.

Elected officials, municipal and County planners and staff, community-based organizations, nonprofits, civic organizations, and consulting firms that work with communities are encouraged to attend.  

Registration is required, and the cost is $30. Registration Link
The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission has released its Annual Report for 2016.
It can be found HERE.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

National Park Service offers technical assistance with your locally-led conservation and outdoor recreation project.  Application information.  Deadline June 30, 2017.

Visit the Morton Arboretum's Community Trees Program Funding Page for a number of funding opportunities.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant Application deadline November 30, 2017 The  Illinois Student/Youth Wildlife Habitat Action Grant program provides educators (grades pre-kindergarten through 12) with funds for their students to develop and enhance wildlife habitat on the school grounds and other public places.  LINK
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.
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