Governor Engler Participates in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve Dedication Ceremony
John Truscott (517) 335-6397
On Saturday, Oct. 7, Governor John Engler participated in a dedication
ceremony that made Michigan history. The Thunder
Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, located off the
shores of Lake Huron, is the very first fresh water sanctuary, and the
first of ten Michigan underwater preserves dedicated to discovering and
protecting shipwrecks in the Thunder Bay area.
The ceremony announced a new state/federal partnership to protect and
preserve the more than 100 shipwrecks located in Thunder Bay.
"In addition to producing a lasting historical legacy, Thunder Bay
also serves as a unique new model for federal and state relations,"
said Governor Engler. "The State of Michigan and the federal
government will be equal partners in bringing the past closer to Michigan
citizens and visitors from across the nation."
The Sanctuary and Preserve stretches from the Alpena County borders out
into Lake Huron some 448 square miles. Presently, only about 40 of the
estimated 116 ships resting in the Bay have actually been located.
However, the prospect of a Visitors Center where the public can view
archaeological work in progress, via remote cameras, will bring the
wonders of Michigan's maritime past to the present.
Fishing and boating enthusiasts will still be able to enjoy their
respective sports without governmental interference. Likewise, the
addition of the Sanctuary and Preserve will bolster Alpena's tourism
Thunder Bay will also serve as a lasting tribute to the mariners and
coastal communities of the Great Lakes.