FRAMINGHAM – “The Sudbury watershed system is an exceptionally difficult place to address the challenges of conserving biodiversity,” according to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. One reason why is that the “watersheds are densely populated, fragmented, subjected to invasive species.”
But Sen. Karen Spilka and District 6 City Councilor Mike Rossi has been working with the state to fix the invasive species in the watershed area.
“Many of us have witnessed over the spring and summer large areas of the Stearns and Brackett reservoirs overcome with water chestnuts and other invasive weeds. As many of residents in District 6 have homes abutting these reservoirs,” said Rossi.
“Working with the State Dept. of Conservation and Recreation as well as our city conservation commission and our State Senator Karen Spilka we have secured an agreement from the DCR to begin mitigation of this vegetation beginning in the spring of 2019,” said Rossi.
The problem of invasive plants is pronounced in the Sudbury system, due to the frequency of landscape disturbances, but with adequate staff and funding, control measures can be applied to at least protect against the loss of rare species or habitats to invasive species, according to the State.