Lakeshore region nominated for federal National Marine Sanctuary


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MANITOWOC, Wisconsin — Four communities along Lake Michigan are hopeful that a federal designation will help preserve pieces of Wisconsin's maritime history.

A proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary in Wisconsin is under consideration by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

There are 34 known shipwreck in the proposed sanctuary. WLUK-TV ( ) reports the roughly 875-square-mile designated area would run from Port Washington, north to Sheboygan, Manitowoc, ending north of Two Rivers.

City leaders say a federal designation highlighting the importance of shipwrecks and history would only enhance economic and education opportunities in the lakeshore region. Lake Huron is currently the only one of the Great Lakes with designated national marine sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan's Thunder Bay.

Information from: WLUK-TV,

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