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
Our Next FREP Noon Network
Wednesday, August 10, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Norris Woods Creek Stabilization and
               Water Quality Improvement Project
Location: St. Charles Park District
               Pottawatomie Community Center
               8 North Avenue, St. Charles
Presenter: Denis Kania, Manager of Natural Areas,
                St. Charles Park District
Norris Woods Creek is a tributary of the Fox River and is a small, flashy ephemeral stream that receives predominantly urban runoff.

Historically the watershed had a more permeable surface and Norris Woods Creek was likely nothing more than a steep, vegetated swale.  In more recent years runoff had generated storm flows that exceeded the natural channel capacity causing the stream to adjust laterally and vertically to accommodate the increase in flow.  As a result, the stream bed had scoured up to four feet in depth and numerous headcuts indicated the scouring process would continue.

The purpose of the Norris Woods Creek Repair Project was to protect the Fox River from non-point source pollutants from stream channel erosion, a golf course and urban runoff.  The channel scouring revealed an area containing small boulders and large cobble that had developed into a short section of relatively stable, aesthetically pleasing and geomorphologically appropriate stream channel.

The naturally occurring large cobble and small boulder materials provide bed and bank stability.  This reach was used as a template for developing structures composed of naturally occurring material that would decrease the stream velocity and armor its banks.
For those that are interested, a site tour will be available after the presentation.

Denis Kania, Manager of Natural Areas for the St. Charles Park District will discuss the challenges presented by working within an Illinois Nature Preserve buffer where it is difficult to tread lightly with excavators and backhoes.

FREP Membership Meetings
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 
No Memberhsip Meeting
We encourage members to attend
Beyond the Basics 2016: The Devil's in the Details
Stormwater Management Conference presented by The Conservation Foundation
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 
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
FREP Noon Networks
Wednesday, October 12, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation
 Rt. 31, Oswego       Website
Photo from Fox Metro
FREP programs and Noon Networks are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Bring your lunch to eat during the program.

Other  Events in the Watershed & Region
Monday, August 8, 2016 Friends of the Fox River's 26th Anniversary Fundraiser - Craft Beer Event

Bandito Barney's, East Dundee
Reservations  FEE   LINK
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)
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 --  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 
Check our River Clean-Ups Page for a calendar of Fox River watershed clean-ups
Read our Downstream Newsletters for the latest news HERE
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