2015 Fox River Summit

Friday, March 20, 2015, Veterans Terrace at Echo Park, Burlington, WI

The 2015 Summit builds on the linkage established in 2013 and 2014 between the interests of Wisconsin and Illinois for the sustainable use, management and protection of our shared water resources within the Fox River watershed. This objective for this year are:

✓ Share new tools and practices being developed to protect the Fox River watershed among communities in Wisconsin and Illinois.
✓ Continue a dialogue on shared challenges concerning recreation, economics, sustainable flows, surface water/groundwater interactions, sediment and ecosystem services.
✓ Build trust among stakeholders and identify commonalities, project successes and future challenges within the watershed.

Click the links below in the Agenda to view a PDF of the presentations

2015 AGENDA 

Click here for 2014 archive

Click here for Attendee List

Welcome and Introductions 
-Tom Slawski, Southeast Fox River Partnership, SEWRPC

Illinois Fox River Ecosystem Partnership Update
-Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller, Illinois Fox River Ecosystem Partnership

Southeast Wisconsin Fox River Commission Update
Jim Pindel, Secretary SEWFRC 

Fox River Study Group Update
Cindy Skrukrud, Chair, Fox River Study Group

The Fox Chain O’Lakes Health Report for 2014
Kathleen Paap, Water Quality Specialists, Lake County Health Department’s Environmental Services Unit

Using Geomorphology in Stream Assessment and Restoration
Andy Selle, Inter-Fluve

–BREAK – Coffee/Snacks–

Nippersink Creek Watershed – Getting Projects Done
Randy Stowe, Nippersink Watershed Association

Fox River Water Action Volunteer Monitoring Program on the Wisconsin Side
Jayne Jenks, Program Coordinator, Waukesha County Parks and Land Use

Meeting Municipal EPA Responsibilities With Students and Social Media
Gary Swick, Friends of the Fox River and Deb Perrryman, Elgin High School Teacher


The Rock River Trail Initiative; It’s History, Vision and Goals
Frank Schier, Founder and Former Coordinator of the Rock River Trail Initiative

The Mechanics of Establishing and Promoting as System of Recreational Trails for the Rock River Trail Initiative
Greg Farnham, Coordinator of the Rock River Trail Initiative

USEPA 9-Key Element Watershed Management Planning
Holly Hudson, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Andy Yencha, UW-Extension Natural Resources Education Program
Andrew Craig, Wisconsin DNR

–BREAK – Soda/Coffee/Snacks–

How to Talk To and Engage Farmers in Watershed Planning
Buzz Sorge, Program and Policy Analyst, WDNR

Conserving Cranes, Waters, Landscapes and People Worldwide
Jeb Barzen, International Crane Foundation, Director of Ecology

Wrap Up Discussion & Adjourn
-Tom Slawski, Southeast Fox River Partnership, SEWRPC



This Draft Declaration of Partnership is intended to highlight shared interests, concerns and commitments including the importance of the Fox River to both states, and the challenges the river faces as both a natural system and a working waterway. It may serve as a platform for further legislative and community-based actions. Your perspectives on integrating needs and demands across multiple jurisdictions are especially valuable in focusing our discussions and guiding our future efforts and direction.