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 task force 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, US Forest Service, Headwaters Economics, and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, the SWP developed the first comprehensive, regional climate adaptation plan in Michigan, titled Lake Superior Climate Adaptation, Mitigation and Implementation Plan. This plan provides a summary of current conditions, potential impacts, and recommendations for mitigating and adapting to climate change in the Lake Superior Region. With additional funding the SWP can begin to bring the Lake Superior Climate Adaptation Plan into policy-level decision-making at the county, township and city level in communities along the Lake Superior shoreline.
Other climate adaptation plans developed by the SWP: