New Marine Sanctuary Possible in Lake Michigan

LakeMichiganSanctuarySoon congress may be considering adding a second underwater marine sanctuary in the Great Lakes. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, NOAA,  confirmed that the Lake Michigan waters off Wisconsin are being considered for the newest preserve under consideration. If approved by congress it would join the Thunder Bay sanctuary in Lake Huron and be the 14th marine sanctuary in the United States.

The 875-square-mile sanctuary would be located along 80 miles of Wisconsin shoreline home the cities of Port Washington, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Two Rivers. The boundary extends 9 to 14 miles into the lake. It will contain 34 known shipwrecks  found in water depths ranging from 10 to 460 feet.RouseSimmons

Fourteen of the known shipwrecks are intact, and the level of hull integrity of these sites far surpasses that of other regions in Wisconsin. Four vessels, the Tennie and Laura, the Walter B.Allen, the Gallinipper, and the Silver Lake, all possess standing masts a rarity in the Great Lakes.
Lake Michigan is the second largest of the Great Lakes with a surface area of 22,300 square miles,making it the largest freshwater lake entirely in the United States and the 5th largest lake in the world.

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