Lake Ontario Marine Sanctuary Application Advances

Mar 22, 2017

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - A nomination to make part of Lake Ontario a national marine sanctuary is moving forward. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting the application for further consideration. 

Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) speaks about the completion of a dredging project in front of Lake Ontario in July 2016.
Credit Payne Horning, WRVO

Oswego, Jefferson, Wayne and Cayuga counties put together the application after NOAA decided to add to its current list of 14 marine sanctuaries. It could help preserve dozens of known and unknown historic shipwrecks in 1,700 square miles of the southeastern portion of the lake for further study.

“This is a critical step forward for our local leaders, advocates, and members of the community who have worked tirelessly to raise awareness for this project,” said central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus). “This designation has the potential to grow tourism and boost our local economy while preserving some of our region’s most historic and unique natural resources. As one of only a few accepted sanctuaries nationwide, I urge the Administration to swiftly take action to ensure that this nomination receives proper consideration.” 

The application was submitted earlier this year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo endorsed the plan.