A team from NCCOS and ONMS met with Wisconsin stakeholders to prepare socioeconomic and environmental assessments in support of the Wisconsin-Lake Michigan sanctuary nomination. Meeting participants identified stakeholder research priorities and shaped plans to map important lakebeds, compile environmental data associated with maritime heritage conservation, and design a baseline socioeconomic survey. In coordination with ONMS and state and local partners, NCCOS will use new data and assessments to inform management of cultural resources, and measure environmental and socioeconomic conditions in Lake Michigan. The study area is the 875-square-mile portion of western Lake Michigan nominated by the State of Wisconsin as a national marine sanctuary in December 2014. The area contains historic shipwrecks of national significance, 15 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Original article: Supporting Wisconsin-Lake Michigan Sanctuary Nomination