The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is publishing a final rule designating part of the Lake Michigan coastline as a National Marine Sanctuary. Governor Tony Evers’ office says the Sanctuary will span 962 square miles in Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties. It would protect 36 historic shipwrecks and related maritime heritage resources. Evers said in a statement, “these shipwrecks tell the story of our state and this designation will us to further explore and learn from our history, enhance local tourism, and provide educational opportunities for Wisconsinites and visitors alike.” The sanctuary designation will take effect following a review by the governor and Congress.

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