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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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WE’RE HIRING!

OUTREACH COORDINATOR The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) seeks a motivated, creative individual to serve as Outreach Coordinator. This person is responsible for assisting SWP staff with public outreach, press releases, website updates, marketing, grant proposals, reports and public presentations. Strong writing skills required. Development and fund raising experience desirable. Part-time position with potential for full time. Compensation based on experience. Click here for a full job description and directions on how to apply. Apply ASAP. No phone calls please.



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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 2018 the SWP will have up to 10 mobile crews, comprised of 30 highly trained women and men working on projects to benefit Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron! 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 hire a crew for a project.   Crew Leader Position Applications are here. Crew Member Position Applications are here.



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GREAT LAKES COASTAL REPORTING TOOL

Report coastal erosion and property damage using the SWP Great Lakes Coastal Reporting Tool. With current high lake levels and recent record waves (28.8 feet) there has been a dramatic increase in both urban and rural coastal impacts. The Coastal Reporting Tool is easy to use: simply zoom in to the coastal site, double click to place a locator pin, upload a photo and type in any additional information about the site (directions to site, nearest street address, dimensions of site if applicable, name, phone number, etc.). The Superior Watershed Partnership, along with other partners, will use the inventory to prioritize sites and seek resources to remediate coastal impacts.



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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 2018 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 contact emily@superiorwatersheds.org.



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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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Great Lakes Evaporation Network

The first effort to directly measure year-round evaporation rates on the Great Lakes in a sustained, continuous fashion occurred in June of 2008 in association with the International Upper Great Lakes Study (IUGLS; http://www.iugls.org), which is coordinated through the International Joint Commission (IJC). Independent of the IUGLS effort, a second Lake Superior monitoring station was deployed on Granite Island in July of 2009, and a grassroots network of scientists from the U.S. and Canada formed what would eventually be called the Great Lakes Evaporation Network (GLEN). The intent of GLEN has been to provide observations of over-lake meteorology and evaporation, improve forecasting of Great Lakes water levels, and support a wide variety of stakeholders, including the National Weather Service (NWS), Environment and Climate Change Canada, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, recreational boaters and commercial shipping, emergency management officials, and the Great Lakes research community.



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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 Adaptation Task Force (CATF) 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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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).