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Throughout the Fox River Watershed, citizens are banding together and finding ways to clean up and protect their local streams. Whether it’s the small tributary that flows through their subdivision, or the creek that drains adjacent agricultural areas, residents understand that what ends up in their local creeks ends up in the Fox River.


There are several ongoing organized efforts to protect local tributary streams to the Fox River.


If you would like to get involved in helping to protect your local creek or watershed, contact The Conservation Foundation at 630-428-4500, or visit


www.preservethefox.org or


www.foxriverecosystem.org


Protecting the Fox River’s tributaries stories by Sandy Kaczmarski


Bill and Nancy Cox of St. Charles have a vested interest in the health of area watersheds -- Ferson Creek flows through their Wildrose Springs subdivision, right behind their house.


“We are very interested in restoring the health of the creeks,” Nancy said. “Tat’s our bottom line.”


Tey first got involved a few years ago when they volunteered for the St. Charles Park District in monitoring Otter Creek at Silver Glen, which flows into Ferson Creek. Tey also became concerned after watching development to the north continue to dump stormwater runoff into the creeks, causing them to become channelized.


Since everyone lives in a watershed, which is an area of land that drains into a stream, lake, or wetland, the Coxes try to educate the homeowners along the creek to help them understand what’s going into it and how that impacts them. She and Bill are the catalysts to getting their neighbors energized to get involved.


“Our volunteers go into the community and pass along the information,” she said. “It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience to get involved.”


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