Superior Watershed Partnership

MARQUETTE, MI--   A new, state-of-the-art weather buoy has been deployed at Stannard Rock. 

Scientists from the Superior Watershed Partnership and Lentic Environmental Services recently placed the buoy at the remote site 45 miles due north of Marquette. It will provide data on wave height, water temperature, wind speed, and other weather variables, which will be transmitted by satellite and posted on various websites.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Upper Peninsula nonprofit group has received a federal grant for a "green infrastructure" project intended to protect Lake Superior waters near Marquette.

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded the $288,500 grant to the Superior Watershed Partnership.

The project will relocate an open-channel drain in Marquette that discharges storm water across a public beach and into the lake. The drain's outfall will be moved to an adjacent wetland.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Superior Watershed Partnership is giving people the opportunity to restore Lake Superior.

The SWP is offering ten volunteer projects every Friday through the summer for those who want to help conserve the area. It's called the Lake Superior Volunteer Corps.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Superior Watershed Partnership has secured more than $1 million for 

environmental projects that benefit Marquette and Lake Superior. 

The money comes from state, federal, and private sources, and will be used during the 2016/2017 field seasons.

The projects include:

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   An Upper Peninsula nonprofit says it's expanding a summer work program in which crews perform a variety of conservation services.  

The Superior Watershed Partnership for years has helped U.P. communities through its Great Lakes Conservation Corps. Among projects planned for this summer are building new sections of the Iron Belle/North Country Trail, restoring habitat for the threatened Monarch butterfly and removing invasive plants.

Superior Watershed Partnership

MARQUETTE, MI--   Students in seven school districts will lead stewardship projects this spring, thanks to grants from the Superior Watershed Partnership.  

The $16,000 from the Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative will be used for activities ranging from water quality monitoring to trail projects to wildlife habitat improvements and gardens.  The project aims to expand classrooms into the community and let students learn about the environment where they live. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Residents can safely dispose of their old medications and products that contain microbeads during a U.P.-wide event Saturday. 

The Superior Watershed Partnership and churches in the Earth Keeper network are collaborating to collect the items.

Natasha Koss is program manager at the SWP.  She says it comes down to water quality.

“Our wastewater treatment plants are unable to treat a lot of the medications and they don’t catch the tiny plastic particles and so it ends up in our water.”

  

  

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Superior Watershed Partnership is also offering a pharmaceutical collection event this weekend. 

The SWP is celebrating its 10th anniversary of hosting Earth Day events by partnering with the Earth Keeper Network to offer 18 collection sites across the U.P. 

Officials will accept prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, narcotics, liquids, and medical waste like sharps and old mercury thermometers. 

The SWP is also collecting liquid soaps containing plastic micro-beads, which collect in the Great Lakes and can be ingested by fish.   

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Superior Watershed Partnership wants to take old electronics off your hands. 

The Partnership and City of Marquette are holding a free collection of old or obsolete electronics later this month.  Accepted items include computers, monitors, laptops, printers, TVs, cell phones, stereo equipment, and microwaves.  “White goods” like refrigerators and dishwashers will also be accepted.  A 25-dollar fee must be paid to cover the removal of freon in any item. 

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