It's Our 10-Year Anniversary!

2021 marks 10 years of our organization, which began as the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) in 2011 to inspire and empower Coloradans to promote the health of our ocean through education and community involvement. Since the formation of COCO in 2011, communities across the country have been inspired to replicate the programs that began in Colorado, and in 2017, we transitioned to the Inland Ocean Coalition. We look forward to continuing to inspire inland people and communities to become committed and united stewards of our ocean through advocacy, events, programs, outreach, and education. 


We hope you can celebrate 10 years of protecting the ocean with us at our 3rd Annual Masquerade Mermaid Ball! Details and tickets to follow. 

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Applications Close Today!

Our virtual IOA Certification Training is designed to prepare individuals with the skills and tools to be powerful advocates for ocean and watershed health. Over five weeks, Ambassadors from all over the country learn from top ocean advocates, scientists, and policymakers, and network with other Ambassadors and partner organizations to expand their ocean and water expertise. 

The training covers watershed health, plastic pollution, the ocean as a solution to climate change, marine protected areas, fisheries management and sustainable seafood, the power of storytelling, how we are Heartwired to love the ocean, and much more. 


Do you love the ocean and want to make a difference? We are looking for an Events & Marketing Intern to assist with our third annual Masquerade Mermaid Ball in Boulder, Colorado this September. 


Coloradans - We Need Your Help!

Photo courtesy of Local Government Commission.

Colorado's Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (House Bill 21-1162) passed a House vote earlier this month, and may be voted on by the Colorado Senate as early as this Monday. If the bill is passed by the Senate, it will likely become law, implementing the most comprehensive plastic reduction measures in Colorado’s history!

To show State Senators that Coloradans support this bill, we need YOU! Your support of the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act can help the bill pass the upcoming Senate floor vote!

Will you take a moment to sign a letter to your Senator in support of the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act? It takes less than one minute!

The Plastic Pollution Reduction Act will protect Colorado’s people, wildlife, and environment by:

  • Banning polystyrene (aka Styrofoam) and plastic carry-out bags, and putting a fee on paper bags to encourage reusable bags.
  • Striking a 1989 law that prevents local communities from regulating plastics and managing their own plastic pollution. 

Support this bill today by asking your State Senator to VOTE YES on House Bill 21-1162!


How Should Biden Address the Plastic Pollution Crisis?

"The solution to the plastic pollution crisis is to reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic being produced. The Presidential Plastics Action Plan, which was created by a coalition of environmental groups, has identified eight key steps that President Biden can take immediately, without any action from Congress."

Read more in our latest guest blog post from IOC intern Hailey Kutcher. 


Support the Inland Ocean Coalition!

Julia is an 8th grader from Summit Middle School in Boulder, CO. For her 8th-grade capstone project she created original artwork that she is selling on a variety of limited-edition products such as ball caps, stickers, mugs, tote bags, and note pads to raise money for the Inland Ocean Coalition. She's built an Etsy site where these can be purchased, and all prices include a donation to the Inland Ocean Coalition.

By supporting her project you support our work!


This beautiful mask from Sabi Wabi is made with 2 layers of premium 100% cotton batik fabric, that is lightweight and breathable. The elastic ear-loops are super-soft. The toggle provides an adjustable fit that can be taken on and off easily. There is a felted nose wire for a customized fit. All masks are sanitized right before packing and shipping and are hand made in Boulder, CO. 

100% of the profits from this mask go to the Inland Ocean Coalition. Get yours today!


Rising Tide Podcast: The Scientist and the Abalone

Join us with Dr. Kristin Aquilino, head of the White Abalone breeding program at UC Davis marine lab in northern California.  Find out how a deep-water marine snail almost got pan-fried to extinction and what she and others are doing to reintroduce it into the ocean.

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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