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Lake Superior • Lake Michigan • Lake Huron

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Protection • Restoration • Education

The SWP is one of the most dynamic organizations working on Great Lakes issues today. Dave Ullrich; Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

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LAKE SUPERIOR VOLUNTEER CORPS

For anyone who loves Lake Superior! Visitors, locals, businesses….anyone! Join The Superior Watershed Partnership on Fridays during the summer of 2017 for the Lake Superior Volunteer Corps (LSVC)! Volunteers work alongside members of the Great Lakes Conservation Corps or the Climate Conservation Corps assisting with a wide variety of conservation projects including but not limited to; dune restoration, trail building, tree planting, erosion control, coastal wetland restoration, climate adaptation, assisting with small green infrastructure projects and more. If you are interested in signing up for a volunteer work day, please click on the event title in the GLVC calendar.



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GREAT LAKES CONSERVATION CORPS AND CLIMATE CONSERVATION CORPS

Furthering Great Lakes Protection, Restoration and Pollution Prevention! Hire a Crew Now! In 2017 the SWP will have 6 mobile crews, comprised of 22 highly trained women and men working on projects to benefit Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron! Contact the SWP to learn more about how to apply or how to hire a crew! Projects include; stream restoration, dune restoration, coastal wetland restoration, trail building, wildlife habitat restoration, tree planting, native plant restoration, invasive plant removal, community projects and more! Contact the SWP to join a crew or hire a crew for a project.



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GREAT LAKES PROTECTION AND RESTORATION

From Green Infrastructure to Habitat Restoration The Superior Watershed Partnership implements a wide variety of large scale Great Lakes protection and restoration projects including but not limited to; green infrastructure projects that improve stormwater quality entering Lake Superior (one project saw a 70% decrease in harmful bacteria attributed to beach closures), coastal dune restoration, coastal wetland restoration, important habitat restoration projects for prioritized fish species, the threatened monarch butterfly and the endangered Piping Plover.



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PROTECTING GREAT LAKES WATER QUALITY AND WATER QUANTITY!

Over twenty years the SWP has emerged as a regional leader in protecting Great Lakes water quality. At the same time the SWP has quietly worked with families, businesses and communities to promote water conservation. Now, the SWP is announcing a new program that merges protecting water quality with preserving water quantity. This program takes a proactive stance in protecting Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron from proposed diversions, excessive industrial use or out-of-basin transport. The SWP and communities in the Upper Peninsula are taking a proactive approach to protecting both Great Lakes water quality and quantity.



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PADDLE TO THE SEA

The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) in cooperation with Music For All Kids (MFAK) worked with the amazing teachers at Sandy Knoll School to teach third grade students about the Great Lakes watershed they live in, about Great Lakes stewardship and about the timeless story of Paddle to the Sea. Students decorated boats and launched them on Lake Superior plus they completed a pollution prevention project in downtown Marquette! In addition, students co-wrote a new song about Great Lakes Stewards with musician Jerry Mills and performed it as the opening act to a concert featuring the band Song of the Lakes.



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GREAT LAKES PLANNING TOOLS, APPS AND RESEARCH EQUIPMENT

NOAA Includes SWP Great Lakes Shoreviewer in US Climate Tool Kit The SWP is a regional leader in developing easy-to-use tools to address Great Lakes issues. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently determined that the SWP Great Lakes Shoreviewer was an important tool for assessing coastal risks on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron so they included it in the US Climate Tool Kit. The SWP also developed a phone app to retrieve live data from a series of buoys. The SWP also develops land use planning tools, community climate adaptation plans, and watershed restoration plans!



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ASSISTING GREAT LAKES COMMUNITIES WITH CLIMATE ADAPTATION

Climate Adaptation Planning and Implementation The Great Lakes states are at a critical time in climate and energy planning as energy becomes more expensive and the extremes of climate change challenge the region. The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) is working with a number of partners to foster regional cooperation in climate change adaptation planning and mitigation efforts. The SWP was integral in forming a regional climate task force that includes the City of Marquette, Marquette County, local businesses, and representatives from Northern Michigan University. With assistance from Great Lakes Integrated Science Assessments (GLISA), Climate Solutions University, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore...



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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

The SWP over the years has assisted UP communities with a variety of conservation-based, water quality protection projects including storm water management, dune restoration, beach monitoring, and community pollution prevention. Each year SWP projects provide a significant economic benefit for communities across the Upper Peninsula. The SWP staff includes ten year-round employees plus over a dozen seasonal field staff. In addition, many of the large scale SWP field projects require engineering, equipment contractors, materials and labor. The SWP also helps to promote sustain- able economic development including nature tourism, land-use planning and incorporating best practices into regional development projects.



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ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING OF THE EAGLE MINE

The SWP conducts independent environmental monitoring at the mine, mill and along the approved transportation route. Verification monitoring: SWP conducts monitoring to verify the environmental monitoring done by Eagle Mine. SWP takes duplicate samples that are sent to a separate EPA-approved laboratory to verify results. Additional monitoring: This is monitoring done by SWP over and above the monitoring that Eagle Mine does under its permits. SWP will undertake additional monitoring if it believes it is needed to build a complete picture of Eagle Mine’s environmental impacts. In addition, all air quality monitoring falls under Additional Monitoring.



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SWP LAND CONSERVANCY

If you or someone you know has land they want to see forever protected, please contact our office and a Land Protection Specialist can help you. What is a Conservation Easement? A conservation easement (sometimes also referred to as a conservation restriction) is a voluntary, legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust, such as the Superior Watershed Partnership, or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. It allows you to continue to own and use your land and to sell it or pass it on to heirs.



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PARTNERING FOR WATERSHED RESTORATION (PWR)

The Partnering for Watershed Restoration (PWR) group is a collaborative effort of Federal, Tribal, State and local agencies, academic institutions, non-profits, citizen groups and industry to accelerate watershed restoration through sharing information and pursuing projects of shared interest throughout the central and western Upper Peninsula. A steering committee for PWR was formed in April, 2013, and included the Superior Watershed Partnership, the US Forest Service, The Trust for Public Land, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. The initial goal of the committee was to plan and facilitate a one-time workshop to discuss watershed threats.



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Support the SWP by making a tax deductible donation in the amount of your choice.

For each $500 donation to the SWP, receive a limited edition print of the Little Presque Isle series by Upper Peninsula artist Patrick St. Germaine. Each of these three prints shows a different aspect of the beloved Little Presque Isle and Lake Superior.

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Check Out the Shoreviewer!

Click here to see the interactive Shoreviewer site.

Or Get the FREE Great Lakes Shoreviewer App (2011).