The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday extending the boundary of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
The expanded boundaries will include waters off Alcona, Alpena and Presque Isle Counties in Michigan and east to the international boundary with Canada. U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) introduced H.R. 905, which passed the House 286 to 107.
The bill was co-sponsored by Michigan Congressmen Dale Kildee (D-Flint), Thaddeus McCotter (R-Livonia) and Vernon Ehlers (R-Grand Rapids).
“Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a place dedicated to highlighting and honoring our state’s rich Great Lakes shipping history,” Stupak said.
“This expansion will help protect and preserve this Michigan treasure, while providing communities with the benefits of increased tourism, a key source of economic growth in our state. I was pleased to work with my colleagues in the House to pass this legislation and ensure continued success of the sanctuary.”
“Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a wonderful resource for families from across the country to learn about Michigan’s rich history.
By authorizing an expansion to the sanctuary, we will help preserve this local treasure and well as improve its draw for tourists, helping to boost our local economy.
I am committed to preserving the Great Lakes so that our families can enjoy them for years to come and I am proud to have joined my colleagues to introduce this legislation,” said Kildee, a senior member of the House Natural Resources Committee.