ABOUT THE FOX RIVER STUDY GROUP
The mission of the Fox River Study Group is to enhance the health and vitality of our river for the benefit of the nearly 1 million citizens in the Fox River Valley.
We are a diverse coalition of stakeholders using science to guide the region toward a cleaner, safer and more beautiful Fox River. We use research, data and collaboration to support sustainable policies and development across the Fox River watershed.
Fox River Study Group members contributing financially or in-kind include representatives from:
The Board of Directors of the Fox River Study Group generally meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 9:30 AM at Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, at 628 State Rt. 31, in Oswego, Illinois (map).
Until further notice, all meetings will be held via video conference. To participate, email FoxRiverStudyGp@gmail.com
to request the GoToMeeting link and a calendar invitation
All meetings are open to the public - meeting details and minutes are available here. At times, meeting locations and dates may be adjusted, so please check the meetings page to confirm dates, times and locations.
The Fox River Study Group began meeting in the summer of 2001 after the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) added the Fox River to its list of impaired waters. Communities along the Fox River are required to address water quality issues identified by IEPA.
The Study Group was formed as a collaborative approach to creating a healthier Fox River. The Study Group developed an effective water monitoring program for the Fox River and is using that data to guide communities toward the best solutions to improve water quality. Analysis of collected data shows that levels of nutrient pollution in the Fox River declined over the 2006-2016 decade.
The Study Group has developed a model for the Fox River Watershed that makes it possible to evaluate priorities for watershed management, assess the effects of development options in the region, ensure efficient use of taxpayer dollars on watershed projects and educate stakeholders on the best ways to achieve cleaner water and sustainable development.
The Study Group released its Fox River Implementation Plan (FRIP) in 2015. The plan recommended municipal wastewater treatment facilities reduce their phosphorus discharges to the Fox River together with efforts towards reducing runoff pollution of the river throughout the watershed. By 2022 the improvements in wastewater discharges will reduce phosphorus levels in the river by 75%.
The Study Group is currently working on an update to the FRIP. This update is due for delivery to the IEPA in December 2022. One key part of this update will be the predictive modelling of actions to eliminate nuisance algae blooms and correct dissolved oxygen problems seen along specific sections of the river. The model will evaluate different nutrient reduction strategies from agriculture and municipalities as well as removal of dams for cost and effectiveness in meeting water quality goals.
The Fox River Study Group’s commitment to science for public policy guidance is key to creating environmental and economic success. Maintaining strong community-wide support will help assure the continued restoration and recovery of this invaluable regional resource.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair, Cindy Skrukrud, Sierra Club
Vice Chair, Rob Linke, Kane County Division of Environmental & Water Resources
Treasurer, Karen Clementi, Fox Metro Water Reclamation District Oswego
Secretary, Art Malm, Friends of the Fox River
Assistant Secretary, Tim Wilson, Tri-Cities (Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles)
Brian Witkowski, City of Aurora
Debra Ness, City of Elgin
Alyse Olson , Fox River Ecosystem Partnership
Eric Johnson, Fox River Water Reclamation District Elgin
Finance Committee – Karen Clementi
Modeling/Monitoring Committee – Rob Linke/ Karen Clementi
NPDES FRSG Special Condition Committee – Karen Clementi
Communications Committee – Brian Witkowski
Dam Communications Subcommittee – Art Malm
Annual Meeting Subcommittee – Tim Wilson