Environment

Fox River gravel bar

Our Waters, Our Fox

Article written for the April 2017 “Bravo Magazine” by Dean Tripp Our Fox By its very nature a river belongs to more than one people, place and time. Our Fox is no exception. The water flowing into and out of it is a resource we can’t create or destroy; we can only attempt to manage … Read more

Storm Drain

A Storm Drain Is Not a Garbage Disposal

From our President, Gary Swick ~ That hole in the street with the metal grate that is next to the curb is a “storm drain.” Its intended purpose is to prevent flooding in streets during storm events. It must not be used as a disposal of anything. Most manufactured now are stamped with “Dump No Waste, Drains to … Read more

Why Volunteering Monitoring Data Matters

By Cindy Skrukrud Clean Water Advocate, Sierra Club (Illinois Chapter) The Fox River Study Group, a multi-stakeholder group (Friends of the Fox River, Sierra Club, Fox River (Elgin area) and Fox Metro (Aurora area) water reclamation districts, Kane County, Fox River towns, Fox River Ecosystem Partnership, Illinois EPA) has engaged the Illinois State Water Survey … Read more

Electrofishing for the asian carp invasive species

Fishing for Information with Electrofishing

The Fox River Watershed is in a 5 year rotation for a Basin Survey that is conducted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The last survey was in the summer of 2007. IDNR staff are usually assisted by IEPA, local agencies, and a few fortunate volunteers. Surveys are a comprehensive, systematic examination of the biological … Read more