Published on September 1st, 2015 | by GrowWNY Intern


Turning Erie Niagara into a National Marine Sanctuary

Take a few minutes to watch this beautiful video put together by Jay Burney, and learn a little more about what a wonderful region we live in. The importance of our fresh water can’t be overstated, as so much of our livelihood depends on these resources. That’s why protecting them has been a priority of WNYEA  since the beginning, and is reflected in Our Shared Agenda for Action.

As part of its 2015 Action Agenda, the WNY Environmental Alliance’s Habitat & Natural Resources Working Group is working to create a community-driven nomination to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that would result in a National Marine Sanctuary designation for the area seen in the image seen above. The proposed area for the Erie Niagara National Marine Sanctuary includes the Niagara River Corridor “globally significant” Important Bird Area that is recognized internationally as a critical habitat for migrating and breeding birds and the ecosystem that supports them.

NOAA is looking to create a network of Great Lakes Marine Sanctuaries including proposed locations at Oswego, New York in Lake Ontario and Presque Isle in Erie Pennsylvania. Marine Sanctuaries are tools that promote economic development, conservation, biodiversity and cultural heritage. The designation will enhance opportunities for visitors, students, researchers and scientists and ecotourists alike to visit and work.

For the past several months, members of this working group have been drafting a nomination report to submit to the NOAA. They are now at a point where they need your help!

What can you do?

Send a letter of support: Please send letters of support for the Erie Niagara Marine Sanctuary to lscampaign@aol.com with the heading of Marine Sanctuary Support letter.

Sign the petition: Click here to support the community-based nomination.

Get involved: We need your help to roll this out and build momentum for this nomination. To get involved, or if you have questions or suggestions, contact Jay Burney at lscampaign@aol.com.

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