Actitivites & News
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

Friday, August 8, 2014       1:30 PM
Location:   Fox Waterway Agency
                45 S. Pistakee Road, Fox Lake IL 60020

Presentation and boat tour on silt recycling in the Chain O'Lakes

Please join us for this special program and find out more about this very important section of our Fox River watershed.

Please RSVP to Bill Donnell by August 1 at:
wmdonnell at

Wednesday,  September 17, 2014   1 PM

Program:  Focus on Legislative Issues with Jack Darin,
                Executive Director, Sierra Club of Illinois
Location:  Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
               A facility of the St. Charles Park District
               3795 Campton Hills Road St. Charles, IL 60175

The Executive Committee meets at 11 AM
Wednesday,  November 19, 2014   1 PM

Program:  Tom Slawski, Southeastern Wisconsin Regional
                Planning Commission (SEWRPC) LINK
Update on collaborative efforts with our Wisconsin Fox watershed and a preview of the March 20, 2015 Fox River Summit
Location: Algonquin Ganek Municipal Center Board Room, 2200 Harnish Drive Algonquin, IL 60102

The Executive Committee meets at 11 AM
Have a suggestion for a future FREP Noon Network or Meeting Program? 
Please email:
Presentations from past Programs & Noon Networks HERE
Wednesday, August  21, 2014      Noon - 1:30 PM
   National Water Trail Systems & technical program
    assistance to help communities develop water and
    land trails in the Fox River watershed
   Angie Tornes, National Park Service,
     Rivers & Trails Program
Location:  Lost Valley Visitors Center at Glacial Park, Rt. 31 & Hart Road, Ringwood    Weblink

Angie Tornes presented at the March Fox River Summit and is coming to meet with Illinois Fox watershed stakeholders to discuss how they might establish official national water trails.

For a preview, you can check out her presentation from the Summit here: LINK Part 1   LINK Part 2

Who should attend:

Park Districts, Forest Preserves, Communities with waterfront areas, and any Stakeholders in the Fox River watershed who are interested in learning about the RTCA and/or may want to join FREP in efforts to apply for technical assistance and possible designation with the National Park Service.

 National Water Trails System Website    
Future Noon Network Dates:
Wednesday, October  15, 2014      Noon - 1:30 PM
    Sustainability Tour of Sugar Grove campus 
Location:  Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove

Details to come  
Wednesday, February 18 , 2015      Noon - 1:30 PM
Wednesday, April 15 , 2015      Noon - 1:30 PM
Wednesday, June , 2015      Noon - 1:30 PM
    Fox Valley Park District's Naturalized Areas as part of a Sports Complex Expansion 
Location:  Stuart Sports Complex, Aurora
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
July 22-23
Discover the 1840’s at Garfield Farm Museum Camps
Children ages eight to fifteen years old will have a chance to discover what life was like in the 1840’s at Garfield Farm during two three-day camps this summer. The second session runs from July 22nd thru 24th. Both sessions start at 9am and end at noon each day.
FEE   Reservations required  Call (630)584-8485 or email
Saturday, August 9
11 - 4 PM
St. Charles River Corridor Foundation's 8th Annual Bob Leonard Community Walk and 5K/10K Races
Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles
FEE    Registration     LINK
Sunday, August 24
11 - 4 PM
Garfield Farm Museum’s 25th Annual Heirloom Garden Show
Currently seeking exhibitors     Call (630)584-8485 or email
Show open to public  FEE

Garfield Farm Museum is five miles west of Geneva, IL off ILL Route 38 on Garfield Road. The 375 acre museum is supported by donations and is the only surviving historically intact former 1840’s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn being restored as an 1840’s working farm museum.    Website
Sept. 9 & 10 Beyond the Basics Seminar:
    Making Green Stormwater Practices Pay Off for Your Community

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle & Bobak’s Signature Events, Woodridge
The Conservation Foundation
The first day, participants can choose between going on a field trip to see green stormwater practices in action or attend a workshop on watershed planning and ordinance review. The second day will be the usual format, with a keynote address followed by 3 tracks of 4 sessions each. More details to come!
Sept. 16- Oct. 11 Openlands TreeKeepers™ Class at The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532
4 week course    FEE    LINK
Sept. 20
1 - 4 PM
Explore the Outdoors at It’s Our River Day
Village of Algonquin Conservation Community Day
Cornish Park in Downtown Algonquin
Other News/Information
Center for Watershed Protection’s 2014 Watershed & Stormwater Management Webcast Series
Dates:  9/10; 10/8; 11/12      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
   RSVP to Cecilia Govrik at
•  Sponsored by Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, held at facilities in Libertyville.
    Check Flyer for specific dates/locations
   FREE - Bring your own lunch   RSVP for each one to Susan Vancil   
The Army Corps of Engineers released its Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS, the congressionally mandated report on how to prevent the movement of aquatic invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, focusing on the Chicago Waterways.  Read the report HERE.
Fox River Study Group Update to the Fox River Community  October 2013   HERE
The Citizen's Guide to Preserving the Fox River has been available at more than 100 distribution points along the Fox River and in the watershed, but now the supply is about out. The online version of the Citizen's Guide continues to be available HERE, along with a website full of information about how to help preserve our Fox River through your own actions.
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