When Carl Lindquist was growing up in Wisconsin as a young Catholic, he felt a disconnect between his love of the church and his love of God's creation.
In the early 1990s, his prayer was answered when he was invited to head up a new organization in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that would improve a local watershed. That organization, Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Trust (SWP), has, since 1999, expanded to include protection of the entire Upper Peninsula.
Subsidiarity in practice
The most effective aspect of Superior Watershed has been its focus on local initiatives and coalition building.
As Carl said, "So many Great Lakes watershed initiatives are too large. ... We know how the UP works and how these communities can work together."