The Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Superior Watershed Partnership implements a variety of conservation and public education projects including:

  • Great Lakes pollution prevention
  • Invasive species removal and prevention
  • Stream inventory and monitoring
  • Dam removals
  • Great Lakes habitat restoration
  • Native plant re-introduction
  • Shoreline stabilization
  • Land Protection
  • Youth education programming
  • And much more!
The Partnership also provides technical, educational, and monitoring assistance on a variety of Great Lakes protection initiatives with emphasis on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron. The Superior Watershed Partnership has received numerous state and national awards and has been recognized by Michigan's Governor Granholm, the US Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada and the Lake Superior Binational Program as a leader in watershed protection for the Lake Superior Basin and the headwaters region of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

100% LOCAL

The Superior Watershed Partnership is a local Great Lakes non-profit organization serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. What does local really mean? It means the SWP is not affiliated with a larger statewide, national or multi-national conservation organization. The SWP is truly a 100% local, Upper Peninsula organization. The SWP completes a wide range of projects that benefit UP communities, enhance the UP environment and help protect the three Great Lakes that virtually surround the UP (Superior, Michigan and Huron). The SWP is focused on completing projects that provide documented, measurable results (cleaner water, more fish, less pollution, etc.). The SWP has a dedicated staff of biologists, planners and educators that provide creative, science-based solutions to address a variety of water quality, land use and community challenges. Consider becoming an SWP member today!


The National Center for Charitable Statistics reports that the most effective and efficient non-profit organizations spend at least 75% of their annual budget on projects that support their mission. The SWP is proud to average closer to 85%. That means that 85% of every dollar contributed to the SWP goes towards programs that directly benefit the land, water and people of the Upper Peninsula.

Mission Statement

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.



Carl Lindquist: Executive Director

Carl Lindquist is the Executive Director of the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) an award winning Great Lakes non-profit organization that serves communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The SWP service area includes portions of the Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron watersheds. Lindquist’s 25 year career includes practical field experience supervising large scale environmental restoration projects (Wisconsin, Vermont, Michigan) and working with the National Park Service (Mt. Rainier, Isle Royale). Lindquist has served on numerous regional, state, and international advisory bodies including two terms as the US Chair of the Lake Superior Binational Forum (US and Canada). He holds a degree in Environmental Management from the University of Wisconsin. 


Geraldine Grant: Senior Planner

Geri is responsible for leading the organization’s watershed planning and habitat restoration programs. In addition to program coordination, Ms. Grant works closely with local, state, and federal partners to further the organization’s mission.  Geri specializes in natural resources planning, aquatic ecosystem restoration, physical and biological field assessments, and special studies related to Great Lakes priority issues. Geri possesses a Master of Science in Biology (Aquatic Ecology/Fisheries) and over 19 years of experience in the field of natural resources including 13 years of federal service as a Fisheries Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 


Natasha Koss: Program Manager

Natasha is responsible for the management of the SWP climate change programs.  She also oversees public outreach, community programs and special events.  Natasha works closely with SWP partner organizations including non-profits, tribes, agencies and local units of government.  Over the last fifteen years Natasha has worked in the fields of ecological restoration and wildlife biology for the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, and several private consulting firms.  Natasha holds a B.S. in Ecology and Biology and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology with a focus on Ornithology, both from Northern Michigan University. 

Jenn Hill:  Education Program Manager

Jenn is responsible for development and implementation of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative for the Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Hub.Through this Initiative Jenn is building a network of teachers and community partners who will work together to develop real-world research and restoration projects for students.  Jenn has 20 years experience in environmental education and nonprofit management, leading collaborative community projects, innovative uses of citizen science, and fostering local environmental connections.  She received a BA in anthropology from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master's Degree in environmental planning from the Massachusetts Institiute of Technology.  


Rick Ligman: Field Supervisor

Rick is responsible for overseeing field crews for stream monitoring, invasive species removal, and dune restoration. 


Hunter King: Lead Field Technician

Hunter is responsible for most of the field monitoring and data collection associated with various stream monitoring projects and the Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP) of the Eagle Mine. 


Lisa Tincknell: Accountant and Grant Administrator

Lisa is responsible for grant management and financial reporting, general accounting, and financial analysis of projects.  Lisa has a background in grants and contacts administration and has worked in various grant-related roles at universities in Washington State and Michigan  She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University. 


Coleman Wilson: Great Lakes Conservation Corps Coordinator

Coleman is responsible for oversight of the crews working throughout the Upper Peninsula. 


Abby Debiak:  Central Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed Management Area (CUPCWMA) Coordinator

Abbie is responsible for coordinating the inventory and control of non-native invasive plant infestations throughout Alger, Marquette, Delta and Schoolcraft counties. She works closely with CUPCWMA partners to organize and promote volunteer invasive plant removal events and to promote public awareness through community outreach and education. Abbie received a B.S. in Biology from Northern Michigan University as well a M.S. in Biology with a focus on avian conservation genetics. She also instructs several undergraduate biological laboratories at NMU and was previously employed as a biological technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in East Lansing, MI.


Tonya Swenor: Energy Program Coordinator

Tonya is responsible for coordination with partners and implementation of a variety of the SWP energy efficiency programs. In addition, Tonya is a Great Lakes Conservation Corps Crew Leader in the summer season and coordinates the SWP's Tribal Conservation Corps Program. 

SWP Board of Directors

President:  Richard Anderson, President of Integral Assets

Vice President:  Ron Sundell, Env. Science Dept., Northern Michigan University

Secretary:  Maura Davenport, Marquette County Community Foundation

Member:  Jerome Maynard, Dykema Law of Chicago

Member:  Lisa Kotler, Peninsula Bank

Member: Dr. Peter Zenti, Retired ER Physician/NTN Trail Liaison

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The New Improved Great Lakes Shoreviewer!
The Superior Watershed Partnership is pleased to provide FREE high resolution color photography for every inch of Great Lakes coastline in the Upper Peninsula including Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Great Lakes ShoreViewer

Community Wind by Rich VanderVeen
In an era of competing ideas and differing outlooks, engaging, educating and involving each community in developing a wind project is a smart way to avoid conflict and bring good ideas to the table. This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad, and with iTunes on your computer. Click here.

Great Lakes Conservation Corps:
The SWP is expanding the Great Lakes Conservation Corps in 2014. This summer the SWP will have both roving crews and community-based crews working on projects that benefit Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Look for more information soon.

Apply Now! The SWP in partnership with VYCC are offering the Great Lakes Conservation Corps. Click here.

Stormwater; A Resource Not a Waste Product!
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Current view of Lake Superior from the SWP Office Webcam


Number of pounds of carbon reduced through SWP energy conservation and climate change programs to date.