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NUTRIENT POLLUTION IN WATER WAYS – A REQUEST FROM PRAIRIE RIVERS NETWORK TO THE PADDLING COMMUNITY

Prairie Rivers Network is continuing to work on shining a light on the nutrient pollution work of a broader coalition of groups with interests in reducing nutrient pollution in Illinois. This will include putting together some media posts about how nutrient pollution affects a variety of interests beyond agriculture groups or The Gulf. We might also like to put together a letter to legislators about the broader impact of nutrient pollution in Illinois.

We’d like to include the IL Paddling Council’s members. Please send Catie your experience on how nutrient pollution affects your paddling experience.

Catie Gregg

Agriculture Programs Specialist

Prairie Rivers Network

Illinois Affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation

1605 South State St, Suite 1, Champaign, IL 61820

prairierivers.org

WORLD PADDLING FILM FESTIVAL SEPT 26 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

The Paddling Film Festival selection of films was stellar again this year. Many terrific films were considered as shortlist contenders. The Paddling Film Festival committee has narrowed down these submissions to a shortlist of 26 films that will be toured around the world as the 2019 Paddling Film Festival World Tour.

The 10 award-winning and 16 shortlisted films are now eligible for the Aqua-Bound People’s Choice Award. Click here for the current World Tour schedule to attend a screening and cast your vote for the best film of the year. No tour stops scheduled near you? Click here to learn more about bringing the Wrld Tour to your town, theatre, club, shop or event.

https://www.paddlingfilmfestival.com/world-tour/386-hosted-by-university-of-wisconsin-milwaukee-outdoor-pursuits.html?date=2019-09-26-19-00

IPC Annual Dinner

IPC Annual Dinner Meeting

October 26, 2019 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

AT THE HISTORIC WARRENVILLE TAVERN

3 S 530 Second Street, Warrenville, IL 60555

Our annual meeting, election of officers, awards ceremony, dinner and presentation will take place at the Warrenville’s 1838 Hotel “The Colonel’s Tavern” a historic landmark of DuPage County http://www.warrentavern.net/

Please RSVP if you plan to attend NO LATER THAN October 24, as we need to provide the restaurant an approximate count for the food needed. Dinner will be various pizzas, salad, and soft drinks, and dessert; no alcoholic beverages available

 

COME, HEAR AND SEE THE PRESENTATION BY CHARLIE ZINE

who paddled the 223 miles of the Fox River from its origins to the confluence.  About half the river is free flowing; the other half is impoundment pools created by dams: Beaver dams, concrete dams, at least 3 former dams, and 26 log jams. 8 days from a narrow rill to a broad river, the paddle on the Fabulous Fox River was a Bucket List item that did not disappoint.

We will also celebrate the www.FabulousFoxWaterTrail.org efforts

Please RSVP if you plan to attend:

$35 Per Person Includes Annual Supporting Membership in the IPC

$20 Per Person for just the dinner

 

Pay Online

Pay at the Door  Or Send a Check to

Illinois Paddling Council

C/O Don Mueggenborg

9 E Peiffer Dr. Lemont, IL. 60439

donmuegg@att.net



Agenda:

 

5:00-5:30: Welcome & Networking

5:30-6:30: IPC Business Meeting

IPC Year in Review 

Election of Officers

Competition Awards

6:30-7:30:  Dinner various pizzas, salad, and soft drinks, no alcoholic beverages available

7:30-8:15:  Presentation 

8:15-8:45 Networking, followed by clean-up


 

 


IPC Board Candidates

 

President:  Tom Eckels
Vice President: Scott Hewitt
Secretary: Jennifer Satorius
Treasurer: Don Mueggenborg
Director: Scott Hays 
Director: Greg Taylor
Director: Sigrid Pilgrim
Director: Frank Koehler

 

*Anyone Interested in one of the Elected Positions on the board is welcome to run.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor

 

 

IPC SUPPORTS THE FABULOUS FOX! WATER TRAIL – REQUESTING REMOVAL OF THE FOX WATERWAY AGENCY’S STICKER FEE FOR SELF PROPELLED PADDLERS

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As part of IPC’s support to obtain National Water Trail designation for the Fox River, IPC’s Advocacy Chair, Scott Hays has approached the Fox Waterway Agency to request removal of the sticker fee for self propelled paddlers.

This water access fee – issued in the form of an annual watercraft sticker – for a canoe or kayak less than 17 feet in length is $15.00 per year.  Paddle craft longer than 17 feet, of which there are several types, need to pay the Class A fee of $50/year. Paddlers who are visiting the area – or passing through on a longer journey down the Fox River Water Trail, would presumably either be required to pay $15.00 for an annual sticker to pass through the Chain of Lakes area, or – if their watercraft were longer than 17 feet – would be required to pay the 1-day temporary permit – Class J fee of $20.00 for craft under 25 feet, which applies uniformly to all watercraft, human-powered or not.

These fees are to maintain adequate water depth for the Chain of Lakes water ways, but this is not an issue for paddlers.

Please support IPC’s and the Fabulous Fox! Water Trail team by contacting the Fox River Waterway Agency, requesting removal of the sticker fees by writing to

Joseph S. Keller, Executive Director

Fox Waterway Agency

45 S. Pistakee Lake Rd.

Fox Lake, IL 60020

847-587-8540

FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY – FALL PADDLEFEST

FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY – FALL PADDLEFEST – WITH DECORATED (OR NOT) BOATS – AND A RAFFLE TO BENEFIT FPCC FOUNDATION PADDLING PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

The FPCC will again hold their Fall Paddle Fest on the Skokie Lagoons – Saturday, October 12 (Rain Date Sunday, October 13).

Fox River Water Trail Organizers Seek Public Input

Monday, June 17 – Geneva at Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave.

Monday, June 24 – Yorkville at Hampton Inn, 310 E. Countryside Parkway

Friday, June 28 – McHenry at City of McHenry Rec Center, 333 S. Green St.

Geneva, Illinois   The Core Development Team (CDT) of the Fabulous Fox! River Water Trail will be hosting several workshops in June sharing the results of their efforts with volunteers who have paddled the river collecting data. The CDT will display maps of the trail identifying the access sites and amenities, and information about journeys on segments of the river. The CDT will also be seeking input from paddlers and others familiar with the river to review the information collected and share additional information that would help paddlers enjoy safe and pleasant experiences. The CDT will then do a gap analysis and provide recommendations to public landowners including county and municipal governments.

Three Illinois workshops have been scheduled with plans to hold a fourth one in an additional community along the river. Currently scheduled workshops:

Monday, June 17 – Geneva at Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave.

Monday, June 24 – Yorkville at Hampton Inn, 310 E. Countryside Parkway

Friday, June 28 – McHenry at City of McHenry Rec Center, 333 S. Green St.

The Fabulous Fox! River Water Trail has been in development for several years with organizers from two states working with the National Park Service, SE Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership

Volunteer paddlers assisted to collect data on access sites, journey segments, hazards, dams and portages, amenities at access sites, and more. The Core Development Team is ready to share the results of those efforts and look for input from stakeholders to share their knowledge of the river to help fill in gaps and other information before applying for inclusion in the National Water Trail System.

Please join us at the workshop closest to you to learn and share.

For more information, visit our developing website at https://fabulousfoxwatertrail.org/ or Karen Miller at millerkaren@co.kane.il.us (630)232-3418.

Potluck, film and discussion on proposed pipeline endangering the Fox, Rock, Illinois and Kishwaukee Rivers.

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Do you paddle on the Illinois, Rock, Fox, Kishwaukee, or South Kishwaukee Rivers? Imagine arriving for a lovely paddle and being turned away because of an oil spill in the river!  The first step in protecting the rivers that you love is to find out what is threatening them, so come and learn about a proposed new pipeline that Enbridge, a Canadian oil pipeline company, wants to put through northern Illinois.  You have two opportunities: Monday, June 17 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St., Sycamore, IL, or Tuesday, June 18, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Campus of the Illinois Valley Community College, 321 W. Main St., Ottawa, in Room 105.  These events, sponsored by Save Our Illinois Land (SOIL), are free and open to the public.   http://saveourillinoisland.org/

 

 

Both events will start with a potluck (bring a dish to pass – store bought food is OK – and your own place setting (but we’ll bring disposables just in case).  After supper we’ll watch a short (38 minute) film called “Pipe Dreams.”  Made a few years ago, it’s about the controversial Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline that TransCanada is still trying to put through the Sand Hills of Nebraska.  The issues are the same as the ones we face in Illinois:

  • the danger to rivers and creeks if there were to be a spill of the toxic cargo planned to flow through both the KXL and the “Line 61 twin,” aka Line 66 that would go through the counties of Boone, DeKalb, LaSalle and Livingston;
  • the danger to groundwater, farmland, humans and animals; and
  • the taking of land by eminent domain for private gain.

 

After the film, we’ll have a discussion about Line 66, what it would mean for residents and visitors to northern Illinois, and how we can stop it.  Please join us!  For more info, contact Phyllis at phyllisofsoil@gmail.com or call her at 608-628-2605.

 

For more info on how a tar sands spill into a river can be devastating, read this article from St.Croix 360, that refers to the Kalamazoo River spill in July 2010, where almost a million gallons of tar sands, mixed with toxic, carcinogenic, flammable “diluents” including benzene and hydrogen sulfide, fouled 35 miles of that river and 4435 acres of shoreline.

 

https://www.stcroix360.com/2014/10/oil-water-pipeline-to-triple-flows-under-st-croix-headwaters/

 

 

For a shorter article in Wikipedia, go here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalamazoo_River_oil_spil

Though some people say “You can’t stop a pipeline,” it’s a new day in America, and many pipelines have been stopped by citizen opposition. Check out this map that shows the 28 pipelines that were cancelled just in 2015 and 2016!

https://www.mythinkenergy.com/canceled-pipeline-construction-projects

 

Paddlers know what a valuable and fragile resource rivers are – please join SOIL in taking action now to protect them!

 

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IPC Dinner Meeting

IPC Annual Dinner Meeting

October 26, 2019 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

AT THE HISTORIC WARRENVILLE TAVERN

3 S 530 Second Street, Warrenville, IL 60555

Our annual meeting, election of officers, awards ceremony, dinner and presentation will take place at the Warrenville’s 1838 Hotel “The Colonel’s Tavern” a historic landmark of

Please RSVP if you plan to attend NO LATER THAN October 24, as we need to provide the restaurant an approximate count for the food needed. Dinner will be various pizzas, salad, and soft drinks, and dessert; no alcoholic beverages available

 

COME, HEAR AND SEE THE PRESENTATION BY CHARLIE ZINE

who paddled the 223 miles of the Fox River from its origins to the confluence.  About half the river is free flowing; the other half is impoundment pools created by dams: Beaver dams, concrete dams, at least 3 former dams, and 26 log jams. 8 days from a narrow rill to a broad river, the paddle on the Fabulous Fox River was a Bucket List item that did not disappoint.

We will also celebrate the www.FabulousFoxWaterTrail.org efforts