Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Watershed
Working together to restore the native habitats of the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord River Watershed

SuAsCo CISMA

The SuAsCo CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area) is a partnership of organizations that intend to manage and control invasive species defined by the geography of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord (SuAsCo) watershed. Thirty-six towns are part of the SuAsCo Watershed, and we are all connected by the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord river system. The watershed covers approximately 377 square miles and includes a variety of upland habitats, wetland habitats, historic sites, scenic sites and recreational areas. The towns, state and federal government agencies, and environmental organizations that hold land in the watershed all share an interest in the work of the CISMA.

Cisma Map

What are Invasive Species?

  • Any plant or animal that is not native to an area.
  • Able to reproduce without any natural checks on population growth and can out-compete native organisms.
  • Invasive species begin to fill the ecological roles of native species and in short order can entirely replace native species.

SuAsCo CISMA
Small Grant
Request For Proposals

The Steering Committee of the SuAsCo CISMA has received $4,921 from the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council (RSC) to fund one or more invasive species control projects. We are seeking proposals from CISMA Partner organizations for projects that would directly benefit the Sudbury, Assabet, and/or Concord rivers by either eradicating/managing applicable priority species or by supporting educational outreach efforts. The watershed-wide priority species are listed in Table 1. Projects must occur within the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord (SuAsCo) watershed and should aim to meet the following objectives to protect the resource values of these three rivers including ecology, scenery, recreation, history and literature. We encourage proposals to include collaboration among multiple landowners, and/or recruiting and training a group of volunteers (or making use of existing volunteers), but these aspects are not required.

Proposals should include details on project objectives and methods, discussion of how the project relates to the targeted objectives, a project timeline, and a detailed budget. Proposals must include a process for evaluating effectiveness of the control effort and demonstrate a capacity for long-term monitoring and follow-up. Proposals should be no more than two pages plus supporting materials such as maps and letters of support. To apply, email proposals to Kristin O’Brien at kobrien@svtweb.org  with the subject “SuAsCo CISMA Grant Application”, or mail to 18 Wolbach Road, Sudbury, MA 01776. Application deadline is 5:00 pm, December 15, 2019. Grant recipients will be asked to submit a final report by July 15, 2020. Questions can be directed to Kristin at kobrien@svtweb.org or at 978-443-5588 ext. 135. To see previously-funded projects go to: http://www.cismasuasco.org/projects/grants/currentgrants. For more information about the SuAsCo Wild and Scenic River or the RSC, visit http://www.sudburyassabetconcord.org/.

                                          Watershed-Wide Priority Species 

Watershed-wide early detection species Watershed-wide species of ongoing concern
Amur cork tree Black jetbead Brazilian water weed Callery pear Chinese silvergrass Creeping buttercup European alder Rusty Willow Fig Buttercup Giant hogweed Hydrilla Japanese stiltgrass Kudzu Mile-a-minute vine Mugwort Narrow-leaf bittercress Broad-leaved pepperweed Wall lettuce Wild Chervil Wineberry Autumn olive Black swallowwort Burning bush Bush honeysuckle Common reed Eurasian watermilfoil Garlic mustard Glossy Buckthorn Japanese barberry Japanese knotweed Multiflora rose Oriental bittersweet Purple loosestrife Spotted knapweed Tree-of-heaven Water chestnut
All applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the SuAsCo CISMA Steering Committee and announced after January 14th Steering Committee meeting. The Steering Committee will strive to allocate funding by consensus. However, if a vote is required, Steering Committee members whose organizations have applied for funding will not be able to participate in discussions and decisions regarding allocation of funds.

New Invasive Species Identified In Natick

Both Japanese Angelica-tree (Aralia elata) and Asiatic Sweetleaf/ Sapphire-Berry (Symplocos paniculata) have been identified in the Natick Town Forest. These species have been identified outside the SuAsCo Watershed, but have only recently been identified within boundaries of the watershed. Please become familiar with these species in an effort to curtail their expansion. Use EddMaps to record possible sightings within the SuAsCo Watershed and notify a CISMA representative. To learn more about these species, click the links below.

Japanese Angelica-tree (Aralia elata)

Asiatic Sweetleaf/ Sapphire-Berry (Symplocos paniculata)

Asiatic Sweetleaf / Sapphire-Berry (above), Japanese Angelica-tree (right)

Wild and Scenic

In April 1999 Congress designated 29 miles of the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers as Wild and Scenic for their outstanding ecology, history, scenery, recreation values, and place in American literature. The designated reach includes: the 14.9-mile segment of the Sudbury River beginning at the Danforth Street Bridge in Framingham, downstream to the Route 2 bridge in Concord, and the 1.7-mile segment of the Sudbury River from the Route 2 bridge downstream to its confluence with the Assabet River at Egg Rock; the 4.4-mile segment of the Assabet River beginning 1,000 feet downstream from the Damonmill Dam in West Concord, to its confluence with the Sudbury River at Egg Rock in Concord; and the 8-mile segment of the Concord River from Egg Rock at the confluence of the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers downstream to the Route 3 bridge in Billerica.  

Designating a river as “wild and scenic” does not halt use of a river; instead, the goal is to preserve the character of a river. Uses compatible with the management goals of a particular river are allowed; change is expected to happen. However, development must ensure the river’s free flow and protect its “outstandingly remarkable resources.” The intent of Congress was to create a national system of protected rivers that co-existed with use and appropriate development. Each river designation is different, and each management plan is unique. Over 156 rivers in the U.S. have been given the Wild and Scenic designation.

To learn more about Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the SuAsCo Watershed, please visit The Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild & Scenic River Stewardship Council.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Administrative Subcommittee

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

All SuAsCo CISMA members are welcome to attend meetings of the Administrative Subcommittee, which is attended by the officers of the SuAsCo CISMA.  Meeting topics focus on implementing policies, procedures,… Read more

SuAsCo CISMA Steering Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Sudbury MA
Please join us for a meeting of the SuAsCo CISMA Steering Committee from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge at 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury,… Read more

Administrative Subcommittee

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

All SuAsCo CISMA members are welcome to attend meetings of the Administrative Subcommittee, which is attended by the officers of the SuAsCo CISMA.  Meeting topics focus on implementing policies, procedures,… Read more

SuAsCo CISMA Steering Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Sudbury MA
Please join us for a meeting of the SuAsCo CISMA Steering Committee from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge at 73 Weir Hill Road in Sudbury,… Read more

Administrative Subcommittee

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

All SuAsCo CISMA members are welcome to attend meetings of the Administrative Subcommittee, which is attended by the officers of the SuAsCo CISMA.  Meeting topics focus on implementing policies, procedures,… Read more

Recent News

Goats control invasive plants

June 10, 2012

See the Boston Globe article, “Four-legged weed machines”, of June 10 at: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/west/2012/06/09/wellesley-employs-goats-devour-invasive-plants-boulder-brook-reservation/ujRVHqiqavdzGYff7JbNKK/story.html Read more

The Bittersweet Challenge

May 3, 2012

An interview regarding the Bittersweet Challenge was aired on the Living on Earth radio program. Who can find the biggest Oriental Bittersweet vine? (see http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=12-P13-00023#feature7) Read more

Grant: Controlling Invasive Species in Rivers

April 4, 2012

Beacon Villager Article – Apr. 4, 2012 Grant: Controlling Invasive Species in Rivers Thanks to a $70,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, towns along the Sudbury, Assabet,… Read more

Acton volunteers remove Garlic Mustard this spring

March 3, 2012

In Acton, volunteers have been working for the last few years to remove Garlic Mustard plants from Acton’s conservation areas. For a few weeks each spring, when the plant has… Read more

New Invasive Species Smartphone App

February 3, 2012

New Smartphone App Now Available to Boost Invasive Species Data Collection across Massachusetts Thanks to a new collaboration between the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA)… Read more