PhragmitesPhragmites australis is an invasive reed that quickly takes over marsh and wetland areas. It is found in all of the Great Lakes states and provinces.The Cities Initiative participates in the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Advisory Committee and the Ontario Phragmites Working Group to keep its members informed of best practices in Phragmites management.

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In 2010, 2015, and 2016, the Cities Initiative passed resolutions on Phragmites. Read via the links below. In 2016, GLSLCI partnered with the NASA/DEVELOP program to use remote sensing data to forecast Phragmites extent in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region. For more information about this program, please email