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 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.
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 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.
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