After years of local support, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries will consider expanding Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.NOAA announced that it will create an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of the area to see if an expansion would be possible.
The 448-square mile Thunder Bay provides sustainable tourism for the Lake Huron area, stimulating the local economy and instilling pride in the community. It was originally founded as a National Marine Sanctuary in 2000 to preserve shipwrecks and other resources. NOAA will be taking public and stakeholder comments for the EIS until May 25.
Read more at NOAA.gov.
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