Eurasian Water Chestnuts in the Sudbury River at the Saxonville Dam on July 12, 2016 © Ron Chick
The extremely invasive water chestnuts continue to spread and cover more of the surface of the river. The water chestnuts are having a severe impact on the recreational use and the water quality for native species. Millions more chestnuts will drop to the river bottom this August to germinate in the following years, further complicating the remediation efforts.
Members of the Framingham Conservation Commission and the department of public works have both viewed the river and expressed a concern and an acknowledgment of the problem.
For more information, contact Ron Chick, River Stewards Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download State of the Sudbury River from the Saxonville Dam upstream 1 mile to the Wickford St. Bridge (PDF) - a special report commissioned by The Town of Framingham in 2015. The report includes recommendations for restoring this tremendous resource to a more natural state.
This section of the river's surface is 93% covered with non-native invasive species negatively affecting life on the river for all native plant and animal species, and recreational use.