Great Lakes Region

On January 9, 2017, NOAA published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Management Plan and proposed rule to establish a national marine sanctuary in Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan waters.  The proposed 1,075-square-mile Wisconsin–Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary would protect 37 shipwrecks and related underwater cultural resources that possess exceptional historic, archaeological, and recreational value. The sanctuary would also enhance heritage tourism within the many coastal communities that have embraced their centuries-long maritime relationship with Lake Michigan, the Great Lakes region, and the nation.

The public comment period ends on March 31, 2017.  Four public meetings are scheduled in Wisconsin on March 13-16.

For information on how to comment or where to attend the public meetings, visit http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/wisconsin/

A diver surveys a shipwrecked schooner under 130 feet of water in the proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary area.

A diver surveys a shipwrecked schooner under 130 feet of water in the proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary area. Photo credit: Tamara Thomsen, Wisconsin Historical Society.

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