About Us

Mission Statement

To protect Michigan’s Upper Peninsula’s (U.P.) unique way of life, wildlife, landscape, and freshwater resources. Through public awareness and education we strive to protect the Upper Peninsula from unsustainable development, degradation and dangerous contamination.


SWUP started in 2004 by a small group of grassroots leaders dedicated to fighting sulfide mining threatening our communities and environment. Since then, we’ve expanded to working with communities and allied organizations across the U.P. (and Wisconsin and Minnesota!) combining our efforts to address the serious threats to our water and economies.

Through horizontal organizing, leadership development, and engaging folks to be advocates for their communities, we work to educate people on the economic and environmental hazards of sulfide mining.

Board, activists, and staff traveled over 10,000 miles in 2013 speaking to community groups, schools, and conferences about sulfide mining. Contact us to host a SWUP speaker in your area.