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Lake Superior is faced with many of the same issues which affect the lower Great Lakes. These include chemical contaminants, habitat loss and degradation, areas of concern and developing sustainability. Problems are intensified by new and emerging issues such as a huge increase in proposed mining developments along with severe economic downturn due to industry losses in the forestry sector. For close to 20 years, the Lake Superior Binational Forum representing citizen stakeholders, co-ordinated by EcoSuperior and Northland College, has been at the centre of Lake Superior Binational Program restoration and protection efforts. A detailed review of programs and projects implemented by these organizations, both successes and failures, reveals useful lessons. Initiatives include a full range of activities from benthic biomonitoring, survey research and pollution prevention to outreach campaigns and community events. Such practical experience on this Great Lakes source watershed is essential information for all organizations striving to achieve future progress in meeting Lakewide Management Plan goals.