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Cuomo endorses Lake Ontario national marine sanctuary application

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Great Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary
This map outlines the 1,700 square miles of Lake Ontario that Oswego, Wayne, Jefferson and Cayuga counties are applying to preserve under the federal national marine sanctuary program.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has lent his support to an effort to make part of Lake Ontario a national marine sanctuary. The goal is to preserve dozens of known and unknown historic shipwrecks in the southeastern portion of the lake for further study.

Oswego, Jefferson, Wayne and Cayuga counties put together an application after the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) decided to add to its current list of 14 marine sanctuaries. Now with Cuomo's approval, the counties can submit their application for further consideration.