New Marine Sanctuary Possible in Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan Sanctuary
Soon 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.
For Scuba Aventures on the Great Lakes
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. Most recreational scuba divers will be able to visit wreaks from 100 feet and shallower.
Outstanding Historical Shipwrecks to Dive
Next Steps for the Sanctuary
NOAA staff are currently analyzing public comments and preparing responses, which would appear in the Federal Register should the sanctuary be designated. During the public comment period, many people supported the proposed sanctuary, citing the tourism, economic, education, and shipwreck protection benefits.
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