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.
3.  Fair.
4.  Generate support and collaboration.
5.  Cost-effective.
6.  Time-effective.
7.  Advances the vision.
Sixteen Critical Factors
The following are not in a priority order:
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 safety.
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 impacts groundwater. 
12.  Erosion control:  streambanks and surface runoff.
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 groundwater sources.
Plan Elements
4-Page Plan Overview
Integrated Management Plan for the Fox River Watershed in Illinois
Sample Resolution to Endorse the Plan
pdf file     WORD file
Presentation about the Plan in pdf
For more information about the Plan, please contact the Communications Manager:    
Becky Hoag, at 630/482-9157 or email at:
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
Dundee Township
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.