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City of Port Washington Marine Sanctuary

January 6, 2017 —Great news from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries! Today, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Management Plan for the proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary have been made publicly available online. Please visit the links below for more information:

November 9, 2015 —NOAA is asking for the public's input on protecting Wisconsin - Lake Michigan, a maritime heritage resource area in Wisconsin as a national marine sanctuary. Please join us to learn more about the proposal and to give us feedback on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Wilson House, 200 N. Franklin Street, Port Washington. You can also visit the NOAA web page at www.sanctuaries.noaa.gov/wisconsin/. To see the flyer, please click here.

October 5, 2015 —This morning, President Obama announced that our regional National Marine Sanctuary nomination had been one of two selected for advancement through the formal Sanctuary designation process. This is incredible news, a true reflection upon the strength of our Sanctuary nomination application and the embrace and support it has received among the four communities involved. The nomination was formally submitted by Governor Walker on behalf of our entire State and had the support of numerous local stakeholders and also all state and federal elected officials. Stakeholders and partners from our City of Port Washington and surrounding areas contributed about 60 letters of support for our National Marine Sanctuary nomination. It has been a long road, but obviously the possible reward for our collective efforts is drawing nearer.

This morning, on behalf of our entire City of Port Washington, I thank all those who have helped lead our National Marine Sanctuary nomination efforts forward. We still have work to do, but this is a well-deserved day for celebration and optimism as we are reminded of just how special of a place "Our Home Port" really is -- and the great things that lie ahead for us and our friends and partners throughout the area. Onward in the National Marine Sanctuary designation process, and onward to a very successful and prosperous 2016! Read the full press release here.

February 17, 2015 — The Cities of Port Washington, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Two Rivers jointly announced today their Regional Nomination for a National Marine Sanctuary, submitted by Governor Walker on behalf of the citizens of Wisconsin, has been officially added by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to the inventory of areas under consideration for future Sanctuary designations. Read the full press release here.

September, 2014 — The first weekend of September, Mayor Mlada and Kathy Tank, Executive Director of our Port Washington Tourism Council, joined a contingent of community leaders from Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Two Rivers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Conference in Alpena, Michigan. The event served as a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (based in Alpena) and an opportunity for other communities pursuing a National Marine Sanctuary designation to learn more.

There are only 14 National Marine Sanctuaries in the United States - and just one in the Great Lakes, which represents more than 20% of the world's freshwater supply. With NOAA looking more at the Great Lakes for future Sanctuary designations, the time is right for our great City of Port Washington to be submitting an application. In fact, we are - a Regional Application, with our partners in Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Two Rivers. In short, a National Marine Sanctuary off our shores would bring extraordinary opportunities for our community in terms of preservation, conservation, education, tourism, and economic development.

Want to learn more? Attend our Common Council meeting Tuesday night, September 16, 2014 beginning at 7:30 p.m., at which a presentation will be made. Or, you can watch from the comfort of home on Time Warner Cable Channel 25. You can also visit the NOAA Sanctuary website: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/

And, if you'd like to write a letter of support for our City's efforts, please check out the links on the right. As always, we welcome and appreciate your passionate advocacy and vocal support!

 

City of Port Washington Marine Sanctuary Designation

City of Port Washington Marine Sanctuary Nomination Package

Nomination Package (large file)



City of Port Washington Governor Scott Walker

Governor's Nomination Letter



City of Port Washington Marine Sanctuary PowerPoint presentation

NOAA Presentation



City of Port Washington Support Us

Sample Letter Of Support

Nomination Process

City of Port Washington Facebook page City of Port Washington Home Page WISN Channel 12's Mike Anderson and Mayor Tom Mlada WISN Channel 12's Thema Ponton, Congressman Tom Petri and Mayor Tom Mlada WISN Channel 12's Thema Ponton, Congressman Tom Petri and Alderman Bill Driscoll