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Geneva, Yorkville, McHenry open houses to address Fox River watershed

The first of three open houses about the Fox River watershed will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva.
The first of three open houses about the Fox River watershed will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva.

The first of three open houses for the public to learn more about the Fox River watershed will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva.

The other open houses will be in Yorkville and McHenry.

Called The Fabulous Fox! Water Trail, the initiative’s development team is hosting the open houses to highlight the results of its collaboration with the National Park Service and volunteers who provided data on paddling opportunities, according to a news release.

Monday’s open house will feature maps of the water trail identifying existing access sites, amenities and information about journeys along 14 segments of the Fox River.

The development team also will be seeking input from paddlers and others familiar with the Fox River to review the data collected and share information to help fellow paddlers enjoy safe and pleasant experiences, the release stated.

After collecting input at the open houses, the development team will conduct a gap analysis and make recommendations to public landowners – including forest preserve districts, park districts, county and municipal governments – to improve nonmotorized recreation on the Fox River.

The group also will host open houses from 4 to 6 p.m. June 24 at Hampton Inn, 310 E. Countryside Parkway, Yorkville, and June 28 at the McHenry Recreation Center, 333 S. Green St., McHenry.

The Fabulous Fox! Water Trail has been in development for several years, with organizers from Illinois and Wisconsin working with the National Park Service, Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership, among others.

For information, visit fabulousfoxwatertrail.org.

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