Bi-monthly Membership Meetings are generally held the 3rd Wednesday of alternating months, 1 PM, at different locations in the Watershed
FREP Noon Networks are held the 3rd Wednesday of alternating months, Noon - 1:30 PM, at different locations in the Watershed
All programs are open to FREP members and other interested members of the watershed community
Wednesday, August 19, 2015      Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  Silver Lake Bioinfiltration Basins and Oakwood Hills Fen Stream Corridor Restoration projects
Location:  Oakwood Hills
 Meet at the shelter at Village of Oakwood Hills’ Community Park.
Park in the lot off North Park Drive, then follow the path south  about 100 yards to the shelter. 
The Stream Corridor Restoration EPA 319 project description: to restore 0.75 acres of wetland and stabilize 850 feet of an unnamed tributary of Silver Creek, which is a tributary of the Fox River (ILDT-22). Streambank stabilization techniques may include rock riffles, re-grading, rock toe, live brushlayers, fiber roll, live stakes, natural log weir, natural log terrace, and deep-rooted native vegetation. Wetland restoration may include construction of a sediment forebay, flow routing, re-grading, re-shaping, and deep-rooted native vegetation. The project site is immediately upstream of the Oakwood Hills Fen Nature Preserve. Educational signage and a brochure will also be developed to inform the public about nonpoint source pollution and this restoration project.  
Bioinfiltration Project description:  to improve the water quality of Silver Lake and the adjacent Oakwood Hills Fen. Untreated runoff from residential areas and roadways discharged directly into Silver Lake at the two project locations, Birch Lane and West Woodland Road. This untreated discharge caused erosion and contributed to sedimentation and pollutants entering Silver Lake and ultimately into the fen. To improve water quality, the Village of Oakwood Hills secured a grant from the Illinois EPA and installed a bioinfiltration basin at each site.
Bioinfiltration Project Brochure

Oakwood Hills Fen Buffer, left & above
Base of old sledding hill at trail confluence,
Noon Networks are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Bring your lunch to eat during the program.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015  1 PM 
Location:  TBA
Program:  TBA
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015  1 PM 
Location:  TBA
Program:  TBA
Wednesday, October 21, 2015     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  OPEN --  TBA

Wednesday, February 17, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Program:  OPEN --  TBA
If you would like to host a FREP Membership Meeting, or have a program topic/speaker to suggest, please let us know!
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Presentations from past Programs & Noon Networks HERE
Get additional FREP News by reading our Downstream Newsletter HERE

Other  Events in the Watershed & Region
August 11
The Lake County Stormwater Management Commission DECI Program:
A Workshop for Designated Erosion Control Inspectors

College of Lake County Grayslake, IL
On the agenda: Review of effective SE/SC Best Management Practices
The workshop offers continuing education credits for DECI’s seeking re-listing.
Watch SMC’s website for registration information
For more information, please contact Christine Garner at
or (847) 377-7705
August 21-22-23 Monarch Mania
Hosted by Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge in conjunction with multiple conservation organizations.
Showings of the film "The Flight of the Butterflies" August 21 & 22
  Glacial Park & Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva
FREE Fun Fair August 23, 1-4 PM at Crystal Lake Park District Main Beach Pavilion
Details on website HERE
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 27-29 15th Biennial Governor's Conference on the Management
of the Illinois River System

Pere Marquette, Peoria, Illinois
Other News/Information
Check our River Clean-Ups Page for a calendar of Fox River watershed clean-ups
Center for Watershed Protection’s  Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
Dates:  Wednesdays   Sept. 16; Nov. 18     Noon to 2 PM  
1 CEC/2 PDH per webcast       FREE

Available at 2 locations:
•  Sponsored by Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources
   1st Floor Water Resources Conference Room, 719 S. Batavia Avenue, Geneva   Noon to 1:30 PM
   RSVP to Cecilia Govrik at
•  Sponsored by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, held at facilities in Libertyville.
    Check Flyer for specific locations       Noon to 2 PM
   FREE - Bring your own lunch 
   RSVP for each one to Darcy Hertel or call (847) 377-7707
   Illinois RiverWatcher Summer 2015 Issue
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