Friends of the Fox River

March 30, 2007

For Immediate Release: March 30, 2007 ‘Meet the Macros’ Workshop for Stream Monitors, Teachers, Fishermen, and Stream Ecology Enthusiasts Friends of the Fox River’s Water Monitoring Network is co-hosting a workshop on Saturday, April 28 from 1:00-4:00 PM at The Conference Center at Glacial Park, 6316 Harts Road in Ringwood. The free workshop will cover … Read more

March 27, 2007

For Immediate Release: March 27, 2007

Friends of the Fox River Announces Spring Events

Get to know your local waterways and help protect water quality. Friends of the Fox River is co-sponsoring workshops and river clean-ups.

Sign up for stream monitoring training workshops, monitoring workshops specifically for teachers, and macroinvertebrate ID refreshers.

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March 2007 Newsletter

Next month is pivotal for land protection in the Fox River watershed. Several open space referenda will be on the ballot. On April 17, our collective votes can make funds available to purchase, preserve and manage nearly 10,000 additional acres of open space. When we invest in open space, we: protect high quality natural areas, … Read more

February 2007 Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of Friends of the Fox River’s e-News — our monthly hot sheet for Fox River Watershed conservation news. Our quick-reference format highlights news, workshops, events, and other conservation resources (with links leading to expanded text). There’s great things happening throughout our watershed. We urge you to get involved. If there’s … Read more

2006 Water Willow Planting Results

Through a generous grant from Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois River Coordinating Council, Friends of the Fox River continued its water willow planting initiative. Through a partnership project with the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, Oswegoland Park District and Friends of the Fox River, volunteers planted over 2,000 water willow plants at Violet Patch Park … Read more

Update on Prairie Parkway Corridor Planning Group Environmental Task Force Activities

By Tom Shrader Vice President, Friends of the Fox River Take Action Now Sample letter to U.S. Representatives and Senators Find your U.S. Representatives and Senators As noted in the last newsletter, Friends of the Fox River Vice-President Tom Schrader was invited to serve on the Environmental Task Force (ETF) of the Corridor Planning Group for the Prairie Parkway. … Read more

Sample letter to U.S. Representatives and Senators

Dear ____________________, I am writing in regard to the federal funding situation regarding the Prairie Parkway. It is my understanding that the amount of federal funding available to the Parkway will only be enough to build a segment of the freeway. The segment that is planned to be constructed first with the money currently available … Read more

Illinois River Basin Restoration Proposal

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois Department of Natural Resources Unveil Illinois River Basin Restoration Proposal The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Rock Island District and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources recently released their proposed 50-year plan to restore the Illinois River Basin. The goals of the Illinois River Basin Restoration project … Read more

Friends of the Fox River Represented on Prairie Parkway Environmental Task Force

By Tom Schrader Vice President, Friends of the Fox River In January 2006, Friends of the Fox River (FOFR) President Chuck Roberts and Vice-President Tom Schrader met with engineers from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Smith Engineering to discuss FOFR’s concerns about the impact of the proposed Prairie Parkway on environmentally sensitive … Read more

RiverWatch

2005 Illinois RiverWatch Program Friends of the Fox River was pleased to receive a generous $15,000 grant from Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois River Coordinating Council in May 2005 to administer the 2005 Illinois RiverWatch Program. The grant enabled RiverWatch citizen volunteers previously trained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ staff to … Read more