Department of Public Works
Invasive Species - Phragmites
Invasive Species Management
Chesterfield Township is proud
to be a member of the Lake St. Clair Cooperative
Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA). The Lake
St. Clair CISMA is responsible for identifying and
helping to eliminate invasive species in both Macomb
County and St. Clair County. Numerous cities,
townships, villages, and county programs within the
two counties are involved in the Lake St. Clair
While there are over a handful of
invasive species to be on the lookout for,
Phragmites is currently the primary target of
Chesterfield Township. Phragmites is a major
hindrance to our waterways: Reducing flow capacity
to many of our drains, reducing visibility of our
beautiful view of our lakes and streams, and
limiting access for recreation by choking off our
drains and streams. Phragmites is also limiting
visibility along roadways, making unsafe conditions
Chesterfield Township has been
looking to utilize grant opportunities to help fund
the eradication of invasive species within the
township. Working with the Southeast Michigan
Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and The Stewardship
Network (TSN), the Lake St. Clair CISMA is working
hard to utilize grant opportunities to aid the
prevention of furthering invasive species into our
What Can I Do?
To learn more
about Phragmites and what you can do to help
eliminate them, please visit the following websites:
Education of Phragmites and what needs to be done to
make sure they do not return
- MISIN is the Midwest Invasive Species Information
Network. They have an app for your mobile device
that will allow you to upload photos and the
location of invasive species that you may come
across. This helps us create an early detection and
rapid response (EDRR) plan for invasive species.
- Clay Township has a Phragmites Management Advisory
Board that is well versed in dealing with
Phragmites. You may visit the website or call (810)
519-2985 to learn more about Phragmites.
the Chesterfield Township DPW at (586) 949-0400,
ext. 3 for any questions.
Macomb County Department of Roads (MCDR) is a member
of the Lake St. Clair CISMA. The MCDR is going to be
applying herbicides to Phragmites along the roadways
in Chesterfield Township. Below is information
regarding treatment of the Phragmites along the
roadway that abuts your property along the road.
Advance Notice – This is the advance notice
directive of the MCDR.
No Treatment Zone Permit – This permit is for
residents who prefer the MCDR do NOT treat
Phragmites along the right-of-way that abuts their
property. This understanding also explains that the
removal of Phragmites will belong to the homeowner.
Information Sheet – This is a list of frequently
asked questions (FAQs).
Management Workshops For Homeowners.