The Superior Watershed Partnership has extensive history of partnering with Northern Michigan University. Beginning in the late 1990s, the SWP worked closely with the NMU Geography Department to get young people out in the field and gain hands-on conservation experience.
The SWP and NMU share a Great Lakes research vessell called the ERDA.
As wind power becomes more of a reality in Michgan, the SWP in partnership with NMU are working to develop a conservation model for wind power along coastal areas. A 1,920 acrea area within the 248,000 acre Northern Great Lakes Forest Conservation Easement will serve as the site of this coastal demonstration project to apply and evaluate conservation recommendations providing for environmentally sensitive wind power development next to Lake Superior.
As a result of this project the following will be produced:
- step-by-step process for planning coastal wind developments
- development of coastal criteria for inventorying, managing, and protecting conservation areas in or adjacent to potential wind development sites
- a natural features inventory through the establishment of monitoring stations
The project will include students from the English, Environmental Science and Engineering Departments.
Read the coverage in NMU's North Wind.
This project was also featured in the NMU Campus Bulletin - a newsletter for NMU Employees.
Read student essays on energy from Rochelle Dale's EN 111 Class.
Alternative Energy in Marquette
Reasonable Renewable Resources
Our Lives, Our Health, and the Dirty Air Around Us
A Greener Marquette
Steps to a Better Planet
Wind Energy in Marquette
The SWP partnered with DeVos Museum and NMU art students to create something really unique. Click here.