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Proposed Thunder Bay NMS



Proposed Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed in a
Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Management Plan to designate an
808-square mile national marine sanctuary to protect the nationally
significant collection of shipwrecks in MichiganÕs Lake Huron.  The Thunder
Bay National Marine Sanctuary--the first national marine sanctuary proposed
for the Great Lakes--would establish a partnership among the local community,
the State and NOAA.  This partnership would provide enhanced protection and
management of the approximately 160 shipwrecks in the Thunder Bay area.  

National marine sanctuary designation would bring national attention to this
site, and establish education, research and interpretive programs to improve
public awareness and enjoyment of the siteÕs nationally significant resources.
 Management of the proposed sanctuary would be guided by the advice of a
Sanctuary Advisory Council, representing local and regional interests.

In 1991, at the impetus of local representatives, NOAA entered into
discussions with Alpena area residents, area divers, State agencies, and
researchers regarding the possibility of designating Thunder Bay a national
marine sanctuary.  NOAA worked with these groups to develop management
alternatives for the proposed sanctuary.  In 1995, in response to
recommendations from State and local representatives, NOAA narrowed the
management focus of the proposed sanctuary to underwater cultural resources. 
NOAA published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/ Draft Management Plan
(DEIS/DMP) in June 1997 and held three public hearings during September 1997. 
The public comment period on the DEIS/DMP closed November 14, 1997.  NOAA will
now prepare a Final Environmental Impact Statement/Management Plan on the
proposed sanctuary that responds to all public comments.


NOTE: If you would like to be added to the Proposed Thunder Bay NMSÕs mailing
list, please send an e-mail or contact:

Karen M. Brubeck
Public Outreach Coordinator
Proposed Thunder Bay NMS
6893 Hedrick Road
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Phone: 616-526-8434
Fax: 616-526-8432
E-mail: kbrubeck@ocean.nos.noaa.gov

OR

Ellen Brody
Project Coordinator
Proposed Thunder Bay NMS
2205 Commonwealth Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2945
Phone: 734-741-2270
Fax: 734-741-2055
E-mail: brody@glerl.noaa.gov