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SWP gets grant for sustainable tourism and natural disaster response

MARQUETTE, MI— The Superior Watershed Partnership has been awarded a grant to further sustainable tourism and expand local disaster response.

The $50,000 comes from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. It will be used to restore degraded natural areas and improve popular public access sites.

Funding will also expand capacity for the SWP Great Lakes Climate Corps to provide natural disaster assistance within 24 hours in most situations. The project will target three Upper Peninsula counties (Marquette, Alger, Baraga), but is designed to be expanded to all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula.

The SWP program is open to local units of government, Upper Peninsula Tribes, community organizations and related small businesses.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.