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, June 8, 2016
Noon - 1:30 PM
Location:   Lost Valley Visitor Center, Glacial Park,
                Harts Road, Ringwood, IL
               (Don't use Google Maps!)
Take Rt. 31 to Harts Road approximately 7-8 miles north of McHenry. Turn West on Harts and follow the signs for Lost Valley Visitor Center. If you're coming from the north take Route 12 to 31 and turn south for a mile and then west on Harts Road and follow the signs for the Lost Valley Visitor Center.
Nippersink Restoration & Tile Removal
                Walking Tour of the Project
Presenters:  Ed Collins, Director of Land Preservation & Natural
                  Resources, McHenry County Conservation Dist.
                 Vern Scacci, Trustee

Nippersink 2002  Photo by Ray Mathis
The restoration of Nippersink Creek has been a decade’s long process and involved multiple partners, grantors and volunteers. It has occurred in phases, beginning with headwater streams that feed the main stem of the river and the completion of four major projects in the main channel. These have included de-channelization, bank stabilization, in stream riffles, extensive invasive species control and reseeding of native plant communities.  
Detailed description of the project 
For our Walking Tour - please dress appropriately and bring bug spray! 
FREP Membership Meetings
Friday, July 8, 2016
Summer Picnic to Celebrate
FREP's 20th Anniversary
3-6 PM  
Bring a dish to share; Meat & Beverages provided
Watch for more details
To be held at Jon Duerr Forest Preserve
South Elgin
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Below is a photo of two of our past presidents - Bill Donnell & JT Thompson at our July 2001 picnic at Blackhawk, which is now Jon Duerr Forest Preserve. 
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 
FREP Noon Networks
Wednesday, August 10, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
St. Charles Park District's
               Norris Woods Creek Project
Photo from St. Charles Park Dist. 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016     
Noon - 1:30 PM
Tour of Fox Metro Water Reclamation
Photo from Fox Metro
Noon Networks are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Bring your lunch to eat during the program.
FREP Membership Meetings and programs are open to the public. 
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 --  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     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 
Watch for new clean-ups this spring
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