Bi-monthly Membership Meetings are generally held the 2nd Wednesday of alternating months, 1 PM, at different locations in the Watershed.
FREP Noon Networks are held the 2nd 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.
Please note that our 2016 FREP meetings & Noon Networks are on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
FREP Membership Meeting
Wednesday, May 11, 2016     1 PM 
Village Board Room at the Ganek Municipal Center
(Algonquin Village Hall)
2200 Harnish Dr, Algonquin, IL

Woods Creek Watershed
In early 2011, the inter-governmental group of partners, known as Woods Creek Watershed Committee (WCWC), consisting of Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, and Crystal Lake Park District applied for and received Illinois Environmental Protection Agency funding through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act to produce a comprehensive “Watershed-Based Plan” for the Woods Creek watershed.

As part of the plan, an inventory of the characteristics, problems, and opportunities in the watershed was examined resulting in a list of action items and projects to be implemented. Using the watershed plan as a guide, the Village of Algonquin has completed several projects listed in the action plan. 

These include restoration of the Spella Fen buffer, the Cove drainage ditch, and much of the riparian area adjacent to Woods Creek.

A successful watershed plan involves participation to get projects completed.  Using the data analysis in the plan along with calling out critical restoration areas, both the Village of Algonquin and the Crystal Lake Park District have now received 319 grants for project implementation.

The Village of Algonquin will be giving a presentation on how to use a watershed plan to complete projects as well a walking tour to see our watershed projects in action!
FREP Executive Committee will meet at 11 AM
FREP Membership Meetings
July Activity - TBA
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 
1 PM
FREP Membership Meetings and programs are open to the public.
FREP Noon Networks
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Noon - 1:30 PM
Location:   Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park,
                Harts Rd, Ringwood, IL
Nippersink Restoration & Tile Removal            
Wednesday, August 10, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
St. Charles Park District's Norris Woods Creek Project
Wednesday, October 12, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation
Noon Networks are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Bring your lunch to eat during the program.
If you would like to host a FREP Membership Meeting, or have a program topic/speaker to suggest, please let us know!
Have a suggestion for a future FREP Noon Network or Meeting Program?   Email:
Presentations from past Programs & Noon Networks HERE
Get additional FREP News by reading our Downstream Newsletter HERE

Other  Events in the Watershed & Region
June 5, 2016
Mid-America Canoe & Kayak Race on the Fox River
Sponsored by Fox Valley Park Dist.
10 Miles Begins at Mt. St. Mary's Park, St. Charles
  6 Miles Begins at Batavia VFW
Registration   Fee    Website
June 5, 2016
Pedal-Paddle-Saddle Through the Prairie
Sponsored by McHenry County Conservation Foundation
Start at Glacial Park, Ringwood      Paddle the Nippersink
Registration    Fee    Website
September 13-14, 2016 Beyond the Basics 2016: The Devil's in the Details
Stormwater Management Conference presented by The Conservation Foundation
Other News/Information
The Fox River Study Group has posted its final Fox River Implementation Plan 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 -- May 18, June 15, 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    
       1st Floor Water Resources Conference Room, 719 S. Batavia Avenue, Geneva
       RSVP to Cecilia Govrik at 
Check our River Clean-Ups Page for a calendar of Fox River watershed clean-ups 
Watch for new clean-ups this spring
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