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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 affecting the western and central Upper Peninsula as outlined in the Lake Superior Lakewide Management Plan.

The first workshop was held at the Ottawa National Forest’s Black River Harbor Recreation Area in July of 2013 and was attended by over 50 people, representing 23 organizations. Interactive polling software was used to promote conversation and encourage responses to topics of shared concerns, including threats to our watersheds, restoration work underway, funding opportunities and ideas for future cooperation.  Due to strong interest from the initial workshop participants, four additional workshops have taken place. Interest in sustaining dialogue and coordinating trainings to promote and accelerate watershed restoration is the driver for continued biannual workshops. Currently, over 200 individuals, representing 41 organizations, have participated in PWR workshops.

While this effort involves many stakeholders representing a variety of public and private organizations, the group has maintained its focus of promoting collaborative watershed restoration. One project currently underway and originating from the PWR group is the collection and analysis of road stream crossings leading to the creation of a regional, road-stream crossing geodatabase. This project is being led by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and utilizes data collected from 11 PWR partners. This sharing and aggregation of data will provide a regional tool to assist local organizations when prioritizing where restoration work is most needed and will provide the most benefit. Additional projects, workshops and trainings of mutual interest are in development to support local watershed restoration activities.

If you or your organization are interested in joining or learning more about the PWR group, please contact Chris Kovala.

PWR Steering Committee:

Chris Kovala, Environmental Coordinator
U.S. Forest Service, Ottawa National Forest
christopherskovala@fs.fed.us
(906)852-3500

Carl Lindquist, Executive Director
Superior Watershed Partnership
carl@superiorwatersheds.org
(906)228-6095 ext. 14

Erin Johnston, Wildlife Biologist
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resources Department
ejohnston@kbic-nsn.gov
(906)524-5757

Emily Clegg, Easement Manager
The Nature Conservancy
eclegg@tnc.org
(906)225-0399

Christie Deloria-Sheffield, Great Lakes Regional Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program
Christie_deloria@fws.gov
(906)226-1240

Additional Contacts:

Pam Nankervis, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist
U.S. Forest Service, Ottawa National Forest
pnankervis@fs.fed.us
(906)852-3500

Mark Fedora, Supervisory Hydrologist
U.S. Forest Service, Ottawa National Forest
mfedora@fs.fed.us
(906)932-1330

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