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
Lindquist provides creative leadership and promotes effective, community-based solutions to address emerging Great Lakes issues. Under his tenure the SWP has grown to serve three Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron), over 25 communities, 15 counties and 5 Native American tribes. Lindquist’s 25 year career includes management positions at the state, federal, and non-profit level. He brings practical field experience which includes supervising state conservation projects (Wisconsin, Vermont) 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). Lindquist is also a piano composer and has performed with the Boreal Chamber Symphony at the Concert for Lake Superior. He holds a degree in Environmental Management from the University of Wisconsin and is completing a Masters program in Public Administration at Northern Michigan University.
Geraldine Grant: Senior Planner
Grant 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. Ms. Grant specializes in natural resources planning, aquatic ecosystem restoration, physical and biological field assessments, and special studies related to Great Lakes priority issues. Ms. Grant 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
Koss is responsible for the management of the SWP climate change programs. She also oversees the membership program, including public outreach, community programs and special events. Koss works closely with SWP partner organizations including non-profits, tribes, agencies and local units of government. Over the last fifteen years Ms. Koss 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. Ms. Koss 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.
Cameron Fuess: GIS Coordinator
Fuess maintains the SWP Geographic Information System (GIS) and spatial data library. His duties include; GIS analysis, and map-based data production. He brings a strong background in the natural resources management field with over 5 years in the public sector with both state and federal level experience (Natural Resource Conservation Service and Michigan Department of Agriculture). He is also an instructor at Northern Michigan University teaching mapping, GIS, and natural resource courses.
Vicki Baldini: Grant Administrator
Baldini is responsible for grant administration and office management including preparation of related financial records and reports. Other duties include coordinating special projects and liaison to 150 Earthkeeper churches. Baldini’s career spans over 35 years and includes business administration, office management, and serving as department head for a regional pension program. She holds a B. S. in Business Education from Northern Michigan University.
Rick Ligman: Field Supervisor
Hunter King: Field Technician
Sara Frazier: Administrative Assistant
SWP Board of Directors
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
The New Improved Great Lakes Shoreviewer!
The Superior Watershed Partnership is pleased to provide FREE high resolution color photography for every inch of Great Lakes coastline in the Upper Peninsula including Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Great Lakes ShoreViewer
The SWP will conduct monitoring at Eagle Mine, Humboldt Mill and along approved truck routes.