Biden-Harris Administration designates new national marine sanctuary in New York state

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This article originally appeared on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.

The Biden-Harris Administration announced that it is designating a 1,722-square-mile area in eastern Lake Ontario as America's 16th national marine sanctuary. Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary 一adjacent to New York’s Jefferson, Oswego, Cayuga and Wayne counties 一 will celebrate the region’s maritime cultural history and provide new opportunities for research, education, recreation and maritime heritage-related tourism in local coastal communities and the broader Great Lakes region.

“President Biden is leading the most ambitious conservation agenda in history through the America the Beautiful initiative, and today’s marine sanctuary designation is another key milestone in that effort,” said White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory. “For generations to come, families will be able to learn about our nation’s maritime history and the rich cultural heritage of Lake Ontario.” Read more...