The south shore of Lake Ontario might become a national marine sanctuary.
Ellen Brody is the Great Lakes regional coordinator for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
"In many ways," she said via phone, "sanctuaries are like national parks in that our mission is to protect a resource."
She said this effort was spearheaded by the counties along the shore of Lake Ontario, which pushed for recognition and protection of the lake’s shipwrecks.
There are 13 other marine sanctuaries in the U.S. – but only one in the Great Lakes.