Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron

"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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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 continues to encourage community water conservation efforts but also takes a proactive stance in protecting Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron from proposed diversions, excessive industrial use or out-of-basin transport. Climate change, the world water crisis, growing North American droughts and declining municipal water quality can all impact the future of the Great Lakes. The good news is that the SWP and communities in the Upper Peninsula are taking a proactive approach to protecting both Great Lakes water quality and quantity. Look for more program information soon.

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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 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 practical, easy-to-use tools to address emerging 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 showing wave height, wind direction, water temperature and more. The SWP also develops land use planning tools, community climate adaptation plans and of course watershed restoration plans! And don’t forget to check out the SWP office live webcam on Lake Superior!



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Community Involvement

Working closely with communities to implement projects and provide programs that protect our Great Lakes.

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Community Environmental Monitoring Program

Independent Evaluation of the Eagle Mine.

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Great Lakes Coastal Reporting Tool

Interactive map tool to report coastal erosion / impacts

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Superior Buoys

Real-time data from three Lake Superior buoys. Get the app!

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Accelerating Climate Adaptation

Assisting Great Lakes communities with climate adaptation.

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Great Lakes Communities

Great Lakes Climate

100% Local, Communities, Watersheds

The mission of the Superior Watershed Partnership is to protect and improve the natural resources of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a watershed basis; by promoting responsible individual and community actions that ensure a sustainable environment, encourage a sustainable economy and help improve quality of life.