Prairie Parkway Project Information

Various routing alternatives for the proposed Prairie Parkway connecting I-88 and I-80 are currently under consideration by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The Friends of the Fox River has a vested interest in evaluating the potential impact that construction of such a freeway may have on the streams in the Fox watershed on or … Read more

Water Quality Issues of the Fox River

From IL Water Quality Report 2002 Stream Segment ID and Endpoints Potential Causes of Impairments Potential Sources of Impairment D-35, IL/WI state line to Grass Lake PCBs Unknown D-23, Pistakee Lake to Stratton Dam PCBs-H Unknown DT-22, Stratton Dam to Tower Lake Drain mouth PCBs-H, nutrients-S, inorganic nitrogen-S, siltation-S, flow alteration-S, habitat alteration (other than … 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

May 2007 Newsletter

Last month’s successful passage of five open space referenda in the Fox River watershed gives us 10,000 reasons to celebrate — one reason per acre of additional land that will be preserved in McHenry, Kane and Kendall Counties! Let’s keep up the momentum. Stay informed, get involved and be active in conservation efforts in your … Read more

April 2007 Newsletter

Spring is here! Time to get out and make a difference in our watershed. Here’s just a few ways: Vote ‘Yes’ for open space on April 17. Volunteer at Sierra Club-Valley of the Fox Group’s River Rescue on April 21. Learn about stream ecology at “Meet the Macros” workshop on April 28. Thank you to … Read more