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Water Willow Planting

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Thank you to all the volunteers who have made this possible.

Help FOFR Improve Fox River Habitat

Water willow plantings represent part of a new initiative for Friends of the Fox River: habitat restoration. This initiative will complement our longstanding river cleanup work by providing permanent habitat improvement for organisms that call the Fox River home as well as beautifying the shoreline.

A native plant of the Fox River, water willow colonies along the river were nearly eradicated by shoreline development. A few original colonies still exist along the less developed southern reaches of the river. Seeds and clippings from these colonies were used by Country Roads Greenhouses nursery in Rochelle to propagate the plants we use in our plantings ensuring that the water willows we plant come from original Fox River stock.

Friends of the Fox River will be continuing its successful river habitat improvement initiative. Plan to help us plant more sections of the river with water willow plants. When established, these plants create fish habitat and provide many other environmental benefits.

This event is sponsored by FOFR and the Illinois Smallmouth Association. Bob Rung, a streams biologist from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will be on hand to explain the planting process and give a brief talk about the benefits of water willows to the river.

Volunteers should bring waterproof boots and sturdy work gloves; We will provide the necessary tools.

2010 Water Willow Planting Results

2010 was another successful year for our Water Willow Plantings. The planting occurred in cooperation with the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance. Several thousand water willows were planted near the Montgomery Dam to provide better habitat for fish and other aquatic creatures. Contact us at 815-356-6605 for future water willow planting dates and locations!

   

2009 Water Willow Planting Results

Friends of the Fox River continued its water willow planting initiative. Thanks to all of our volunteers this year, the planting project was a big success!

   

2007 Water Willow Planting Results

Friends of the Fox River continued its water willow planting initiative. Thanks to all of our volunteers this year, the planting project was a big success!

   

2006 Water Willow Planting Results

Through a generous grant from Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois River Coordinating Council, Friends of the Fox River continued its water willow planting initiative. Through a partnership project with the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, Oswegoland Park District and Friends of the Fox River, volunteers planted over 2,000 water willow plants at Violet Patch Park in Oswego on July 15, 2006. The following Saturday, Friends of the Fox River volunteers planted over 1,000 water willow plants in West Dundee.

   

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Fact Sheet

  • 1. In Illinois, 13 dams impede the Fox River’s flow.
  • 2. Most Fox River dams serve no purpose.
  • 3. Fox River dams do not “improve fishing.”
  • 4. River dams degrade water quality.

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