LSC Workgroups tackle shared issues and initiatives, which are described in the 5-year Action Plan. Workgroups also implement mutual projects that meet one or more Collaborative goals. Workgroup leads are expected to share project progress and lessons learned with the larger collaborative and Steering Team on an annual or semi-annual basis.

Interested in joining an existing workgroup?

Connect with the appropriate focus area contact(s) listed below or LSC Coordinator Erin Burkett


Communications Workgroup

Overview – The Communications Workgroup provides constructive feedback and input to the LSC Coordinator on website content and design, LSC logo and visual guidelines development,  and other communications-related tasks on an as-needed basis.

Current projects – Lake Superior Collaborative website redesign & project database development (beginning July 2021)

Meetings – Monthly on Wednesday’s at 11:00 AM CT

Contact – Erin Burkett, UW-Madison Division of Extension,


Nearshore Monitoring Workgroup

Overview – The Lake Superior nearshore environment is monitored by a number of LSC partners. In 2021, this workgroup overlaps with CSMI (Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative) lakewide Lake Superior monitoring efforts. Topics of specific interest include predicting and tracking factors leading to algal blooms in the Western Lake Superior nearshore.

Current projects – Lake Superior Cooperative Science and Monitoring Initiative (CSMI) (

Meetings – As needed

Contact – Matt Hudson, Northland College,


Slow the Flow Workgroup

Overview – The Slow the Flow Workgroup has had several iterations in the Lake Superior basin, with current emphasis on Natural Flood Management as a slow the flow solution. .“Slow the Flow” refers to slowing the movement of water on the landscape. Intense rain events and stormwater runoff can lead to erosion, sediment deposition in rivers and lakes, and loss of accessible habitat for plants and animals. Preserving and restoring watershed landscapes slows down water’s flow and allows water to infiltrate the soil, which acts as a natural sponge while allowing plant roots to uptake water and further Slow the Flow.

Current projects & workgroup contacts

Slow the Flow Report (Contact: Ellen Cooney, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,;

Ashland County Infrastructure Resilience & Demonstration Sites (Contact: MaryJo Gingras, Ashland County Land and Water Conservation Department,

Fluvial Erosion Hazards & Road Stream Crossings (Contact: Kyle Magyera, Wisconsin Wetlands Association,


Northern Wisconsin Conservation Corps Workgroup

Coming soon


Brook Trout Workgroup

Coming soon



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