Scientific Studies of the Fox River, other Reports and Plans

The mission of the Friends of the Fox River is to preserve, restore and protect the Fox River Watershed’s resources by connecting people with nature through education, research, restoration and advocacy.

Through our programs and activities, we encourage both adults and students to become involved in protecting the river and its watershed.

We offer these reports and scientific studies on the health and history of the Fox River to further general public understanding of the river, the watershed that creates it, and the life that depends on it.

We post Friends of the Fox River’s past “State of the Fox River” reports, FOFR’s Annual Reports, and FOFR’s annual not-for-profit organization “tax returns” (IRS Form 990), to further general public understanding of the state of the Fox River, and Friends of the Fox River’s organizational health.

Scientific Studies of the Fox River

Fox River Area Assessment Vol. 2 – Water Resources
IDNR Office of Scientific Research and Analysis
Illinois State Water Survey, 1998

Fox River Area Assessment Vol. 3 – Living Resources
IDNR Office of Scientific Research and Analysis
Illinois State Water Survey, 1998

Fox River Area Assessment Vol. 5 – Early Accounts of the Ecology of the Fox River Area
IDNR Office of Scientific Research and Analysis
Illinois State Water Survey, 1998

Fox River Fish Passage Final Report
by Victor J. Santucci, Jr. and Stephen R. Gephard
for the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources April 2003

Freshwater mussels of the Fox-River basin
by Diane K. Shasteen, Sarah A. Bales, Alison P. Stodola
INHS Technical Report 2013  Issued March 19, 2013

Seed Heads of Common Native Plants of the Tallgrass Prairie
by Izabella Redlinski
The Field Museum, 2017

Fox River Corridor Existing Conditions Report
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and McHenry County Planning and Development
October 2017

 

Fox River Watershed and Tributary Maps

Watershed and tributary maps

 

Other Plans, Studies and Reports

The Integrated Management Plan for the Fox River Watershed
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 Illinois-Wisconsin Fox River Water Trail Initiative
FREP has joined with the Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Partnership and the Village of Waterford, Wisconsin, to pursue the designation of all or portions of the Fox River in Wisconsin and Illinois as a National Water Trail through the National Park Services’ National Water Trail System. Technical assistance from the National Park Service’s “Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program” has been awarded and planning is now proceeding.

Chicago Wilderness Oak Ecosystems Recovery Plan
SUSTAINING OAKS IN THE CHICAGO WILDERNESS REGION
Funded by USDA Forest Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service
Lead collaborators: Lake County Forest Preserve District • The Morton Arboretum

State of the Fox River Reports

Friends of the Fox River’s Annual Reports

Friends of the Fox River’s most recent IRS 990 Forms