Historic Nomination of Deb Haaland for Interior Secretary

Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s nomination as the first Indigenous cabinet Secretary and second-highest-ranking enrolled Native American to ever serve in the federal government is hugely significant. As Interior Secretary, Haaland will work collaboratively with local experts—including tribal councils, city halls, state leaders, farmers, ranchers, conservationists, recreationists, hunters, and anglers—to conserve 30% of our lands and waters by 2030.

A 35th generation New Mexican, Rep. Haaland has a stellar bipartisan record of fighting for science, climate action, and the protection of iconic landscapes, critical cultural sites, wildlife, our ocean, rivers, lakes, and streams. She is also a champion for the creation of good-paying clean energy and outdoor recreation jobs.

Congresswoman Deb Haaland's confirmation hearing is today. Ahead of the hearing, she faced direct attacks from the oil and gas industry and the Senators they fund.

Please send a letter to your Senators in support of her confirmation here! You can also listen to her confirmation hearing here


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Tonight! Ocean Climate Conversations: Checking in on Biden's First 30 Days

The Healthy Oceans Coalition and the Inland Ocean Coalition are long-time partners in movement building and advocacy for ocean health and conservation. It is our collective mission to offer, amplify, and support policies, stewardship, and education initiatives that protect the ocean, coasts, and everywhere in between. We are honored to announce that we are co-hosting our second event in our webinar series.

The webinar on Tuesday, February 23  from 4PM – 5PM MST/6PM – 7PM EST will offer a one-month check-in on the Biden Administration’s first 100-days of climate action. The interactive discussion will be guided by the following experts who will share insights into ways we all can coordinate and leverage our collective grassroots influence to have the greatest impact for our ocean:

  • Jenna Valente, Ocean Policy Manager, American Littoral Society and Coordinator, HOC 
  • Sarah Winter Whelan, Ocean Program Director, American Littoral Society and HOC Director
  • Alison Chase, Senior Policy Analyst, Ocean Division, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Vicki Nichols Goldstein, Executive Director, Inland Ocean Coalition

Ocean Climate Action Plan (OCAP)

IOC partner Blue Frontier has teamed up with the Center for the Blue Economy to bring together thought leaders from across industry, government, academia, and the conservation community with a goal of crafting the Ocean Climate Action Plan or OCAP. With growing support, the plan will provide the template for some of the first ocean climate legislation and policy actions in US history.

If interested in being part of the next Ocean Climate Action Lobby Days and Strategy Meetings, please email Laura Townsend


Upcoming Events

March Blue Drinks, March 9, 6pm MST

Join us for an intimate conversation with legendary World Champion free diver and ocean activist, Tanya Streeter. Since retiring from the exhilarating sport of free diving, she has continued to share her love for the ocean and concern for its health by speaking up about the implicit dangers of micro plastics.

April Blue Drinks with Blue Verve, April 13, 6pm MDT 

Make yourself a Blue Drink and come learn about Sherpani's Blue Verve Project with Program Coordinator Erica Bishop. Blue Verve inspires individuals and organizations to eliminate ocean plastic pollution at the source by raising consciousness, providing educational resources and supporting meaningful action. 

Creek Cleanup with Blue VerveApril 24, 11am MDT

Join us for a creek cleanup hosted with Sherpani's Blue Verve Project! We'll provide all the cleanup materials. Just remember to bring water, sunscreen, clothes you don't mind getting dirty, gloves, and mask. All are invited to join.


Rising Tide Podcast: Wendy Benchley's Jaws of Conservation

Vicki and David talk with shark-protector, member of the Women’s Diving Hall of Fame, and honored board member of Blue Frontier Wendy Benchley. Wendy shares some of her thoughts about ocean adventures she shared with her late husband, ‘Jaws’ author Peter Benchley, and the challenges and hopes for ocean conservation and ocean-climate action today. Also learn how it was almost  Jaws – the comedy.’  

Listen here!


Inland Ocean Coalition
Boulder, Colorado 
 The Inland Ocean Coalition is a project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3)

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