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Legislators await word on sanctuary oversight

Making sure your use of Lake Michigan is not negatively impacted remains the goal of three Wisconsin legislators in the United States Congress. Earlier this month, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, Rep. Glenn Grothman, and Rep. Mike Gallagher reached out to Governor Tony Evers on establishing a state-run review of the soon-to-be finalized Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary every five years. The sanctuary stretches from southern Wisconsin all the way through to Kewaunee County while protecting 36 shipwrecks across 962 square miles. Under the group's proposal, the designation would be reexamined every five years to make sure the goals of the sanctuary were being met while also not having a negative effect on the communities sharing the shoreline. Rep. Mike Gallagher says three states including Michigan have oversight measures in place. He hopes Evers follows suit.

With the proper oversight, Gallagher believes the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary would be a positive for the state's tourism industry. The sanctuary will be co-managed by the state and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration once Evers officially signs off on it.


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