By Tim Kowols
Kewaunee County’s inclusion in a proposed marine sanctuary is still up in the air in advance of a meeting slated to be held in March. Over a year ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed the Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary along Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coastline, which would make it the 12th such site in the country. The city councils of Kewaunee and Algoma along with the county board passed unanimous resolutions supporting its inclusion in the marine sanctuary, which was originally slated to only include an area in between Port Washington and Two Rivers. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft says considering the number of shipwrecks lining its coastlines, the area’s inclusion in the marine sanctuary would be a positive for tourism.
Local chambers of commerce, historical societies, and retiring U.S. Representative Reid Ribble have also expressed their support for Kewaunee County’s inclusion in the proposed marine sanctuary. The public meeting with NOAA officials has been scheduled for Monday, March 13 at Knudson Hall in Algoma beginning at 6:30 p.m.