Governor Walker Rescinds Lake Michigan - Wisconsin National Marine Sanctuary
February 27, 2018 - Madison
After more than six months of informational meetings, panel presentations, and letters from concerned citizens and elected officials to the Office of Governor Scott Walker, the Governor has decided to rescind the nomination of the National Marine Sanctuary by the State of Wisconsin.
In a letter to Benjamin Friedman, Acting NOAA Administrator, Governor Walker stated, "On behalf of the State of Wisconsin, I am rescinding the nomination for the Lake Michigan – Wisconsin National Marine Sanctuary (NMS). As you know, last September we sent a letter outlining questions and concerns that citizens and elected officials raised regarding the NMS. Though we appreciate NOAA’s reply, we feel these concerns persist given this additional information.
The Governor concluded that "The addition of a new level of government for citizens to petition for permits and certifications for normal use of Lake Michigan is too much of a tradeoff for the negligible benefit to protecting shipwrecks. Wisconsin has and will continue to protect our submerged cultural resources."