Gov. Walker RESCINDS sanctuary nomination!
“We believe this designation would create further unnecessary bureaucratic red tape. The addition of another level of federal bureaucracy will not materially advance our shared commitment to protecting shipwrecks,” Walker said in a Feb. 27 letter to NOAA Administrator Benjamin Friedman.
That’s good news, but be wary. NOAA and all those in favor of the sanctuary are not going to simply go away. Check back here often, we’ll keep you posted.
And be sure to call Gov. Walker at (608) 266 -1212 and tell him THANK YOU! You can be sure the other side is calling asking for meetings and reconsideration.
02/13/18: City of Mequon Unanimously Opposes Sanctuary
The city of Mequon in Ozaukee county unanimously passed Resolution number 3491 opposing the proposed National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Michigan.
A video of the Feb 13 Mequon Common Council meeting is at:
The resolution opposing the sanctuary was moved up in the schedule and starts at 2:55 in the linked video.
01/10/18: Town of Holland Unanimously Opposes Sanctuary
TOWN OF HOLLAND
January 10, 2018
TOWN RESOLUTIONS OPPOSE MARINE SANCTUARY
Cedar Grove, WI: The Town of Holland, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin unanimously passed a Resolution opposing the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) proposed Wisconsin Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary (NMS).
In late 2014 NOAA provided initial information about the NMS to cities on Lake Michigan in Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties. The NMS would control up to 1,260 sq. mi. of fresh water and 80 miles of shoreline from Mequon to Manitowoc. The intent was “to protect shipwrecks and ‘cultural resources’.”
In Dec. 2016, NOAA provided details of the NMS and collected public comments from an online format for three mMequonResolution3491onths. Since mid-March, 2017, many local residents, businesses and some municipalities have chosen to oppose the NMS for reasons ranging from duplicitous services, taxpayer waste and Wisconsin’s sovereignty. The reasons for opposition include: NOAA’s designation of the Wisconsin Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary is irreversible; NOAA has provided no budget for the sanctuary and is unaccountable to Wisconsin taxpayers; the definition of a “sanctuary resource” is so broad and vague as to include almost any object found and virtually any contact or handling of such resource could be deemed unlawful; and Wisconsin’s shipwrecks have been researched and inventoried for over thirty years by the Wisconsin Historical Society and are currently protected by Wisconsin state and federal laws.
The Town of Holland acknowledges that “the strength of our republic is in local governance, the respect for individual property rights and the sovereignty of Wisconsin state territory.”
Additional towns signing Resolutions opposed to the NMS include the Town of Gibson, Resolution No. 2017-4, Manitowoc County, WI and Town of Two Creeks, Resolution No. 11-2-17, Manitowoc County, WI. A city in the proposed area has an opposing resolution on its January agenda.
10/19/17: Videos Online!
Video of Sanctuary presentation hosted by the Manitowoc Republican Party on August 29.
Also available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQmo4hzxaQQ
9/27/17: NOAA Hosts “fact Forum” at the Sheboygan Yacht Club.
A panel of 6 pro-sanctuary advocates offered the “facts” about the proposed Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary. After their presentations, there was a question and answer session. One of the audience asked how many of the attendees were opposed to the sanctuary – about 80% raised their hands.
8/12/17: Important points from a retired lawyer familiar with complex financial transactions
The Governor’s response (8/10/17 below) is wrong. There are no checks and balances.
8/11/17: Gov Walker accepts $840,000 NOAA Grant
“The new project will support efforts to map shoreline recession to improve hazard planning and provide guidance on options to protect coastal property. The project team will work together with the counties and municipalities of Southeastern Wisconsin to plan and implement actions to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards.”
“Partners on the project include the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC).”
“The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program balances natural resource protection and sustainable economic development along Wisconsin’s Great Lakes coasts. The program awards federal funds from the Office for Coastal Management in the U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to local governments and other entities for innovative coastal initiatives.”
8/10/17: Response from Gov. Walker to emails & letters opposing the sanctuary.
Dear Concerned Citizen:
Thank you for the reaching out concerning the proposed National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) in Lake Michigan along Wisconsin’s Eastern shoreline. I appreciate the opportunity to address this important issue.
As you may be aware, the Wisconsin NMS proposal was initiated by the communities that border the proposed sanctuary boundaries. The nomination was developed by the communities and at submittal it included over 100 letters of support from local elected officials, civic and outdoors groups. The port, shipping, and fishing communities were also active in the development of the nomination, including the support of the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force for the NMS.
I have looked into concerns that the State would lose jurisdiction over the State’s land and water. Under the nomination, the State of Wisconsin retains all existing authorities, as the bottom of State waters are held in trust for the people of the State. As an added layer of protection from federal overreach, the relationship between the State and NOAA will be defined in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) if the nomination is selected. The State also can reevaluate the NOAA partnership on a regular basis if concerns arise. Please know that your priorities will be heard during the MOU development process.
Thank you for contacting my office concerning the NMS in Lake Michigan. Please stay in touch as we work together to move Wisconsin forward.