2024 Phragmites Control Planned Along Major Macomb County Roads

To maintain environmental quality and public health and safety, the Macomb County Department of Roads and various
local governments, working with the Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, will be treating the
invasive plant Phragmites in ditches along major roads and the Macomb Orchard Trail.

Areas for treatment include sections of Macomb County primary and local roads in Chesterfield, Clinton, Harrison,
Shelby, Ray, and Washington Townships and the City of Sterling Heights. For maps identifying exact treatment locations,

Property owner's wanting to omit their property from treatment of Phragmites along Department of Roads right of way abutting their property must complete and return the No Treatment Zone Permit application. 



Herbicide Phragmites Control Program:

Contact the Township's Phragmites representative, Bonnie Krauss (586) 677-4230 or

What are phragmites?
Phragmites, or common reed, is a tall grass that is generally be found in wet areas such as wetlands, lakeshore, and roadside ditches. 

Mature plants have sharp edges and rootstalks are very deep in the ground, making it impossible to remove by hand.

Phragmites crowd out native plants and animals, blocking views, reducing access for swimming, fishing and hunting.

Early detection is key to preventing large dense stands and reducing treatment costs. For information on how to identify phragmites download the Phragmites- Native or Not? pamphlet

Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA)

The Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) is a partnership of
local and state governments, non-profits, and property owners founded in 2015.
United in their goal to prevent, detect, map, monitor
and control/ eradicate priority invasive species.

how to identify other invasive species   further educational materials   training modules

how to report invasive species  CISMA's website  CISMA's Facebook

For more information online, please visit:  Great Lakes Phragmites and Michigan State University Extension