It’s Our Fox River Day (IOFRD)

Thank You for making It’s Our Fox River Day a great success!

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The Fox River “watershed” is the total land area that drains into the Fox River, and serves over 1 million residents. Protecting a watershed requires thinking and acting as a watershed. It’s Our Fox River Day (IOFRD) is the largest demonstration of Fox River watershed-wide protective and celebratory action.

Results:

Between 2021 and 2022, the number of events more than doubled, the territory tripled and the number of participants quadrupled!
In addition to the events hosts, we had over 50 supporting partnerships.

2021 – 20 events, 60 miles, 500+ participants

2022 – 51 events, 200 miles, 2000+ participants

We are still gathering information and welcome additional materials, photos, logos and/or corrections.

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31 cleanups produced mounds of trash from in and around the Fox and its streams
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6 groups took a mind-body path to the celebration
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9 events involved a paddling component

The numbers were actually a little higher and the impact was too enormous to fully tabulate. Ecological restoration efforts included oak tree planting, shoreline planting, and creekside clearing of invasive species. 

Organizers

  1. Municipalities – 9
  2. Service Organizations – 12
  3. Business hosts – 10
  4. Individuals – 4
  5. Large Events with Multiple Partners
    * Lake Geneva – 8
    * Port Barrington – 14+
    * Algonquin – 8
    * St. Charles – 20
    * Yorkville – 6
    * Additional various locations – 11


The Fox River Watershed map below highlights events that happened in 2022 across the 200-mile span of the river. The map works best in full screen mode. Zoom in to see where events were hosted. Click on a logo to see event details. Click the icon in the top left corner to open the index.

Thank You – We did it!

Think about how YOU will celebrate IOFRD ‘23

Saturday, September 16, 2023

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Join Us in Celebrating the Fox River

FOTFR and its partners organize events that include celebrations along the entire Fox River like municipal proclamation signing, shoreline yoga, flower blessing ceremony, art & music making, paddling parties, and the standard trash clean-ups.

Sign up opening soon for IOFRD 2023.

Host a River Celebration Event

Friends of the Fox River (FOTFR) invites you and your affiliates to develop an event for IOFRD 2023. New registration links will be available soon to enable watershed-wide advertisement and organization of all of the collective events. FOTFR will help hosts plan and implement their event. Contact us at IOFRD@FOTFR.org or call 815.385.6605 for questions and assistance with event planning.

IOFRD = “I Offered”

IOFRD is pronounced “I offered” – a day intended to be both an individual and collective event that offers a thank you to the Fox River. The concept originated as a 200-mile cleanup to symbolize the need for a unified approach to protect and restore a watershed. IOFRD has evolved to include celebrations hat go beyond the standard trash removal. It is intended to grow awareness throughout the entire watershed for the need to work collaboratively to protect and restore the health of the Fox River. It is also an opportunity for residents to be able to say, “I offered” thanks to my Fox River.

The Fox River serves 1 million residents

Without interruption the Fox River serves over 1,000,000 watershed residents every day. It carries the wastewater and stormwater from over 100 communities, and provides drinking water for over 300,000 residents. It also provides habitat for a diversity of plants and animals and is an exceptional resource for boaters, paddlers, anglers, hikers and photographers. All the while, the Fox River brings economic value through its aesthetic appeal to every riverfront community. 

Managing a resource that crosses a state line and several municipal borders is a huge challenge. FOTFR’s founder, Pat Reese called for a unified effort for watershed management in 1988. It’s Our Fox River Day is a step in that direction.

Together, we keep on fixin’ the Fox!

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