Proposals to designate a Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary have been renominated for consideration by the federal government. Governor Tony Evers and Wisconsin U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin announced support for the proposed sanctuary plans developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration. One proposal would cover 1,260 square miles of Lake Michigan off the coasts of Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties. Originally, Kewanee County was not considered for the sanctuary plan. Kewaunee County Supervisor Lee Luft, a marine sanctuary supporter, says the waters off of his county would greatly enhance a marine sanctuary.
The waters off of Door County would not be part of the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary. Luft, however, believes there is still hope for Door County's inclusion based on the success of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on Lake Huron.
If approved, the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary would join 12 existing national sanctuaries and underwater monuments.