Highlights from the PBS show Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Proposal


September 2, 2022

Representatives from the Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, Oswego County, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Great Lakes Program shared their thoughts on the proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary in a recently aired story produced by WPBS-TV, Watertown, New York.

The program originally aired on August 23 as part of “WPBS Weekly: Inside the Stories”, a weekly show highlighting current events. The full story can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CCiNAQ71fo.

NYSG Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist David G. “Dave” White II, Oswego County Trustee Philip Church, Vice Chair of the Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and Member-at-Large Katie Malinowski, and Coordinator Great Lakes Region of NOAA’s National Office of Marine Sanctuaries Ellen Brody is interviewed in the eight-minute story that highlights the environmental, recreational, economic and maritime cultural value of the proposed project.

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries operates a national network of sanctuaries in the waters of the United States and the Great Lakes. The proposed designation area for the Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary includes the waters off Wayne, Cayuga, Oswego and Jefferson counties.

The area proposed for the Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary includes 43 known shipwrecks, dating to the late 1700s, and a sunken aircraft, with the possibility of adding more. For example, the David W. Mills shipwreck, located offshore of Oswego, is New York State’s first submerged cultural reserve and dive site in the Great Lakes region. The shipwreck of Saint-Pierre, located off Pultneyville in Wayne County, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

HIGHLIGHTING MARITIME HISTORY – This New York Sea Grant historic shipwreck interpretive panel features Lake Ontario. Illustration courtesy of New York Sea Grant.


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