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New NMS created in Lake Michigan off Wisconsin coast

MANITOWOC - Many local community leaders are celebrating after more than six years of effort have resulted in an area of Lake Michigan becoming part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s list of marine sanctuaries.

“We are excited that the Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast NMS will finally be a reality,” Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels said in a news release sent Tuesday by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. “The protection of this body of water and the shipwrecks with this designation, which lie forever at rest along our coast, will memorialize the rich history of our community and the men and women who built our city for generations before us.”

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