A Bi-national Celebration
MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN; The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) and Land Conservancy is celebrating their 20th Anniversary! Join the SWP on November 7th for a special night of inspiration, artwork and music celebrating the real work of implementing projects that foster more resilient northern communities, accelerate climate adaptation and protect the Great Lakes! The SWP is honored to welcome keynote speaker Dr. David Suzuki; Canada’s leading environmental educator, climate activist, television host and author!
In addition to recognizing many local, regional and tribal partners the SWP 20th event pays special recognition to their Canadian colleagues and the crucial role of binational collaboration in protecting Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes! Over the last two decades the SWP has grown from one employee working on one watershed (the Chocolay River) to a regional organization with 18 staff members (in two offices) and over 25 seasonal employees (the Great Lakes Conservation Corps) working in the watersheds and communities of three Great Lakes; Superior, Michigan and Huron! While the SWP is proud to be a truly “local” non-profit organization its service area has recently expanded beyond the Upper Peninsula to include special environmental projects in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada!
The SWP and project partners will recognize success stories such as coastal lands preserved, critical habitat restored and cleaner stormwater entering the Great Lakes but will also acknowledge the work ahead such as accelerating community adaptation projects in the face of a changing climate, more severe storms and the recent news that Lake Superior is one of the fastest warming lakes on the planet! Learn more about why the SWP has been called “One of the most dynamic organizations working on Great Lakes issues today!”.
The evening starts at the Marquette Regional History Museum with the keynote address by Dr. Suzuki, Lake Superior inspired music by singer-songwriter Jerry Mills, Great Lakes artwork by local artist Stella Larkin and other special guests! An opening reception includes appetizers, wine and beer with jazz provided by Dave Ziegner and company. Dr. Suzuki will participate in a book signing after his talk. The evening continues across the street at the Ore Dock Brewing Company with the Canadian band Greenbank from Thunder Bay, Ontario (Greenbank has opened for REO Speedwagon, Cheap Trick and Chicago). Opening for Greenbank will be local legends Jim and Ray! Tickets available starting October 7th. Tickets for History Museum Event are $25. Tickets for Ore Dock Event are $5. For more information visit www.superiorwatersheds.org.