FOREVER GREEN                                             January 2016

KDSWCD Annual Meeting and Election
J oin the boar d and staff at the February 11 Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District (KDSWCD) board meeting to learn about the activities and highlights of the District in 2015. The meeting  w ill start at 7:00 p.m. in the District board room at 2315 Dean St. Suite 100, St. Charles IL. 

A General Election for three board positions will take place by ballot vote p rior to the meeting. Votes can be cast at the KDSWCD office, 2315 Dean St. Suite 100, Saint Charles from 7:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m . on February 11.  

KDSWCD is currently accepting nominations for our District Board! To be eligible, you must be an owner/occupier in Kane or DuPage counties, of legal voting age, and willing to serve a two year term. Interested persons should visit the KDSWCD office to provide proof of residency or ownership of land located within the boundaries of the district by 4:30 p.m. on January, 22, 2016. 
Private Well Testing Program
As Easy As...

1. Purchase water test kits at the KDSWCD office or Kane County Farm Bureau from February
      8-19, 2016. KDSWCD accepts only cash and check. Credit  card purchases may be
     made at Farm Bureau. Offices will be closed on  February 15 in observance of 
     Presidents  Day.
Tests Available
Nitrate- $45.00
Pesticide- $80.00   
Metals- $90.00

2. Collect water sample, Sunday February 21, 2016.

3.  Return water samples Monday February 22, 2016.  All results are
    confidential and w ill be mailed to you in 4-6 weeks.

Visit the  KDSWCD website for more information on test kits and well water testing.

Soil Erosion Sediment Control Seminar
Porous pavers with bioswale

KDSWCD is hosting a Seminar to provide updates on the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit along with current stormwater practices. The seminar will be held on February 17, 2016 from 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. at Elgin Community College, Seigel Auditorium, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin.

This year KDSWCD's annual winter seminar will include an update from IEPA on the MS4 permit. In addition to the permit update, a variety of speakers will showcase their local stormwater initiatives. Presentations will include, Lake County SMC MS4 Initiatives, ILR10 Permit Overview, Pollinators and Environmental Initiatives, Neighborhood Drainage Improvements, and City of Elgin Ordinance Review. 

The cost for the seminar is $35. Price includes continental breakfast. Call 630.584.7960 Ext. 3 for registration information or visit  KDSWCD website.

Water Education for Teachers

A Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) workshop will be held on Saturda y Febru ar y 27, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville. The workshop will be designed for those educators of 6th-8th grade students.

Project WET is an interdisciplinary water education program featuring classroom-pro ven, hands-on learning activities that make water topics come alive for students. The curriculum guide was recently updated and is especially useful for public and private school teachers in grades K-12. It contains over 60 lessons that are correlated to learning standards across curriculum areas including Common Core and with technology and science connections. These workshops offer educators exciting new activities to use in teaching science, math, language arts, social studies and environmental studies. 

The workshop will be facilitated by Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller from the KDSWCD and Judy Fitchett from the Conservation Foundation and is hosted by the Naperville Park District. The fee for the workshop is $39.00. To register go to  Naperville Park District.

Fish in Winter
Have you ever wondered how the fish in your pond or lake cope with cold winter weather? While fish have to deal with low water temperatures, less food and lower oxygen levels, there is still some activity under the surface of the water.

Fish are cold-blooded animals which means that their body temperature is about the same as their surroundings. As a result, their metabolism slows down in colder weather. Since they are less active, fish can survive longer with reduced amounts of food and oxygen. When temp eratures drop, many fish move to the bottom of lakes and ponds where the water is warmer. Some go into diapause, a state with extremely slow heart rate.

Even though fish are less active, they still require some oxygen. As winter progresses, dissolved oxygen levels can drop too low for some fish to survive which may result in a winterkill. Low oxygen can occur when ice-covered lakes and ponds are blanketed with snow which prevents sunlight from reaching the aquatic plants in the water. The plants cannot carry on photosynthesis, and as they begin to die and decay, the bacteria that decompose the plants consume more oxygen.

Here are some steps you can take to prevent winterkill in your 
pond or lake.
Bluegill: Eric Enbertson, Division of Public Affairs, cropped from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Image
  • Install an aeration system to keep a portion of the pond free from ice. This will allow oxygen from the air to mix with the open water.
  • Gradually stop feeding your fish when winter is near. Completely stop feeding once the temperature reaches 40-45 degrees. Since fish are less active, they require less food.
  • Remove snow cover from the ice in order to allow light to get to aquatic plants. However, making holes in the ices will not help. 
KDSWCD sells fish for pond stocking in the spring and fall. Orders are now being taken for the spring fish sale. Fish will be distributed at the district  office  on April 16. For order form and information on the sale visit  the  KDSWCD website .
Gerard Fabrizius: Chairperson
Thomas Konen: Vice Chair
William Pauling: Secretary/Treasurer
Maggie Soliz: Director
Jay Womack: Director


Elizabeth Hagen-Moeller:  Administrative Coordinator/Education Coordinator 
Candice Jacobs: Resource Conservationist
Ashley Jennings: Resource Analyst
Jen Shroder: Secretary
Sue Rankin: Secretary
The Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District serves our constituency by protecting natural resources that are essential for life. We do this by offering technical assistance, educational resources, financial support and by partnering with others to assure that the most practical, proven and progressive conservation practices can be accessed and implemented by the people of our District.

All programs without regard to color, national origin, sex, age, marital status or handicap.

Kane DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
630.584.7960 Ext. 3