I’m going to ask a politically incorrect question, but why are we protecting shipwrecks? What’s the public interest?
TWO RIVERS, Wis. – Dozens of people made a vocal call to Governor Scott Walker to help protect Lake Michigan shipwrecks.
Supporters people rallied in Two Rivers Sunday afternoon.
They’re hoping Walker will name a national marine sanctuary on nearby parts of the lake.
The governor recently pulled back the sanctuary nomination.
Demonstrators say it would bring exposure, tourism, and economic development to the area.
There are a few shipwrecks that are historically significant, but most of them are just human garbage that we left on the bottom of a lake or ocean. They make for interesting diving, but that’s about it.
From what the protesters are saying, the interest seems purely economic. That’s fine, but can we see some financial projections then? What’s the cost of preservation vs. the projected economic benefit? At least we can then make some decisions based on something tangible.