|The Integrated Management Plan for the Fox River Watershed
in Illinois was developed as a collaborative effort of members
of the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership (FREP).
The Plan was developed by people living and working in the
Watershed who are directly or indirectly related to the river
and its tributaries. The FREP Planning Committee and Action
Teams shared equal responsibility for developing the Plan. The
process included tours of the Watershed, information gathering,
presentations, discussions, and ultimately the development of a
vision, critical factors, and Action Team strategies. The public
was invited to participate and serve on Action Teams.
|The Plan is divided into six action
areas: Recreation, Habitat, Land Use, Water
Quality, Stormwater, Education
The 37 recommendations in this plan were
evaluated in terms of the following criteria:
1. Lasting and enduring.
2. Feasible to accomplish, given the current political climate
and/or resources available.
4. Generate support and collaboration.
7. Advances the vision.
|The following are not in a
1. Establish universal standards for land
planning and development for adoption by units
of local government throughout the watershed,
including innovative guidelines and Best
Management Practices (BMPs) for future
development (e.g. cluster developments) and
educate government about these.
2. Identify funding and sources of support.
3. Define, expand and integrate data
collection and research on Fox River water
quality and quantity by municipalities,
community organizations and state agencies.
4. Strong and continued media coverage.
5. All streams achieve B or better rating
(Index of Biotic Integrity).
6. Where appropriate remove or modify dams to
improve fish migration and non-motorized boating
7. Protect and enhance biodiversity (aquatic
and terrestrial), emphasizing native species.
8. Conservation of agricultural land.
9. Facilitate watershed-friendly
revitalization of urban areas.
10. Educate public about real problems
negatively affecting the river; create a public
understanding of watersheds. 11. Identify,
protect and manage surface and groundwater;
educate public about their importance and what
12. Erosion control: streambanks and surface
13. Recognize businesses, groups, community
leaders, elected officials and other individuals
that help the environment.
14. Expand public access to the river and
tributaries for land and water recreation.
15. Improve the management of stormwater
quality and quantity, to protect water quality
and reduce flooding. 16. Preserve and enhance
drinking water supplies from surface and
|Honor Roll of those who
endorsed the Integrated Management Plan
Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
Barrington Area Council of Governments
Batavia Park District
Blackberry Creek Watershed Committee
City of Aurora
Conservation Design Forum
Fox Valley Land Foundation
Fox Valley Park District
Friends of the Fox River
Illinois Smallmouth Alliance
Izaak Walton League of America, Elgin Chapter
Kabbes Engineering, Inc.
Kane County Board
Kane County Forest Preserve
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
Kendall County Forest Preserve
Kendall County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission
|The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
LaSalle County Soil & Water Conservation District
Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation
McHenry County Conservation District
McHenry County Defenders
McHenry County Soil & Water Conservation District
Nippersink Creek Watershed Planning Committee
North Cook Soil & Water Conservation District
Oswegoland Park District
Sierra Club of Illinois
Sierra Club/Valley of the Fox Group
Ted Gray & Associates
The Conservation Foundation
The Nature Conservancy
US Fish & Wildlife Service/Chicago Field Office
Village of Fox River Grove
Village of Millbrook
Village of Montgomery
Village of Sleepy Hollow
Village of Wayne
Watershed Resource Consultants, Inc.