The Colorado Ocean Coalition engages inland communities with land-to-sea stewardship.

Our mission is to develop a two-way relationship with the oceans and water. Those who live among mountains, rivers, and inland cities have a direct impact on the cycles of life in the oceans. As the nation’s first Inland Ocean Movement, our goal is to be a wellspring for literacy and community engagement across all inland states.



The Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO) was founded in 2011, with a vision to inspire inland communities to be stewards of our ocean. COCO’s mission, when it started, was to lead a community of individuals to understand our connection to the ocean, unite through shared conservation values, and advocate and celebrate

actions that promote a healthy ocean. It has now grown to inspire new chapters across North America. There has never been a unified voice for ocean protection in the heartland. As NOAA’s official and only inland ocean partner, the Colorado Ocean Coalition believes that you don’t have to be near the ocean to care about it. Our complex global economy and the interconnectedness of ecological systems mean that the actions we take in the mountains impact the health of the sea. These actions include eating seafood, using plastics, driving cars and sharing environmental ethics with our family and friends. We live on an ocean planet and the choices we make in the middle of the country have direct ties to the seas.

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