Each subcommittee has established scopes of responsibility. The general responsibilities are listed below. If more detail is of interest use the link to the detailed responsibility document for each subcommittee.


Administration Subcommittee (detail)

  1. Create and maintain Steering Committee to develop, prioritize, and endorse cooperative invasive species projects; and develop community support, education, and training initiatives.
  2. Create and maintain subcommittees to facilitate invasive species management, education and outreach initiatives.
  3. Develop Annual Priority Actions which, as defined in the MOU, direct the efforts of the CISMA partnership for the year.
  4. Apply to appropriate grants or other funding sources to sustain CISMA organization.
  5. Employ CISMA coordinator to collaborate watershed-wide efforts related to CISMA.
  6. Engage in community outreach to build support for CISMA.

Control Subcommittee  (detail)

  1. Plan, support, commit available resources to treatment of invasive species in high priority sites and treatment of high priority species as adopted by CISMA.
  2. Encourage and support mapping of existing infestations within the watershed using CISMA standards where feasible.
  3. Encourage and support monitoring of treated areas over time using standards developed by CISMA.
  4. Develop and maintain a system for information sharing (possible tools include a website, list-serve, web-mapping and on-line database.
  5. Solicit and share available information on areas inventoried and mapped for invasive species within the watershed.
  6. Solicit and share methodology for invasive control, management projects, mapping and monitoring standards.
  7. Solicit and share results of management practices, current research and control projects.
  8. As feasible and mutually desirable, share available resources such as equipment, volunteer resources and information on licensed pesticide applicators.

Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) Subcommittee (detail)

  1. Gather information on potential new invasive species and pathways of their introduction and spread.
  2. Identify and work with target communities and user groups to reduce likelihood of new invasions.
  3. Design a “Keep Clean Areas Clean” program through the promotion of educational resources regarding prevention of new invasive species within the watershed.
  4. Provide information to interested parties on identification of Early Detection species.
  5. Recruit a trained cadre of professional and volunteer naturalists able to identify potential new invaders.
  6. Create a network and a mechanism for contacting and mobilizing professional and volunteer efforts to eradicate new infestations as they occur.
  7. Map and monitor new infestations using CISMA standards to ensure invasive species has been eradicated.
  8. Establish relationships with and learn from other organizations involved in Early Detection/Rapid Response efforts outside of watershed.

Education and Outreach Subcomittee  (detail)

  1. Raise awareness of the impacts of invasive species in the local community by providing general information about invasive species and how they affect the watershed.
  2. Build knowledge of invasive species identification and control through presentations aimed at adults and school children and innovative educational materials.
  3. Provide printed publications and a focused list of online resources on invasive species identification and control promoting best practices for homeowners.
  4. Raise awareness of invasive species treatment techniques and effectiveness through hands on invasive species education programs at demonstration sites within the watershed.
  5. Promote invasive species control to private landowners by offering backyard identification and management advice.
  6. Develop a web site for SuAsCo CISMA.

Water Chestnut Subcomittee/Task Force (detail)

  1. Oversee implementation of the Water Chestnut Management Action Plan.
  2. Coordinate management efforts undertaken taken on by various stakeholders in the watershed.
  3. Update the watershed-wide information (see water chestnut survey).
  4. Encourage monitoring and logistical support from towns.
  5. Share updates on control techniques, research, and funding sources.
  6. Collaborate on outreach and education materials and efforts.
  7.  Review and revise the Management Plan to adapt its methods and recommendations to changes in field conditions, including the effects of ongoing management, and any new research or management options.
  8. Draft applications for funding for regional planning and implementation..