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.
SWP PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
Did you know that scientists recently documented the highest water temperature ever recorded for Lake Superior; 71 degrees Fahrenheit! Another study confirmed that Lake Superior has experienced a 70% loss in ice cover over the last 40 years. The Upper Peninsula is already impacted by other changes related to climate change; drier summers, milder winters, gradual changes in forest cover, loss of rare subarctic plant species, increases in invasive plant species, changes in animal migration patterns and more. The SWP and Pictured Rocks National Park (PRNL) have collaborated to address climate change and promote energy conservation with special emphasis on the two gateway communities adjacent to the park (Munising and Grand Marais).
Thanks to a grant through the EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) the Alger Energy Savers program has provided technical and financial assistance to over 300 homes and 50 businesses and reduced carbon emissions by over 2,000 tons while reducing energy use by an estimated 1.7 million kilowatts. This unique program has been featured as a national success story by the National Park Service and is being used as a model for other national parks across the country. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The SWP in cooperation with numerous regional partners is currently finalizing a regional climate adaptation plan for nine counties in the Lake Superior watershed of the Upper Peninsula. The plan includes prioritized adaptation projects and recommended actions for coastal communities. The plan also includes baseline economic data that will help communities better adapt to changing trends in seasonal tourism and other projected regional impacts from a changing Upper Peninsula climate.
The Superior Watershed Partnership is teaming up with the Model Forest Policy Program!
Alger County is one of 6 communities in the U.S. to be accepted into the MFPP's Climate Solutions University Program!
On February 22nd, these communities started their first class at Climate Solutions University, a unique web-based forest and water climate adaptation training program. These leading-edge rural communities will receive ten months of on-line classes and hands-on personal coaching from a team of adaptation experts. Through a locally driven stakeholder engagement process, this innovative training curriculum works with participating communities to develop a climate adaptation plan based around each community’s unique conditions. The finished plans recommend future land use policy based around the protection of forest and water resources and will help guide each community to adapt to changes in the natural environment while integrating the future economic needs of local residents.