As an Ocean Ambassador for the Inland Ocean CoalitionI'll be tracking my dive and cleanup activities across the US:
Washington - Redondo Beach with Northwest Dive Club and others 7/30/2020 - 15 lbs collected
Idaho - Beacon Point, Lake Coeur d'Alene with Jake's Scuba Adventures 8/13/2020 - 35 lbs collected
North Dakota - Fort Stevenson Marina (Retrieved Wallet for Fisherman). Solo beach cleanup at Garrison Dam location (where I was originally planning to dive) 8/22/2020 - 2.5 lbs dry collected
South Dakota - Alcatraz Island at Pactola Lake Reservoir with Black Hills Aquatic Adventures (boat dive). Solo beach cleanup prior to dive 8/24/2020 - 3.5 lbs dry collected
Wyoming - Crystal Reservoir cleanup with Wyoming IOC Chapter 8/29/20 - collection not weighed (approximately 6 large bags)
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Project Information & Overview Hello! I am Northwest Dive Girl – Pam Treischel. I am a scuba diving enthusiast, underwater photographer, and an Inland Ocean Ambassador for the Inland Ocean Coalition, a non-profit headquartered in Boulder, Colorado that strives to build land-to-sea stewardship.
As an Inland Ocean Ambassador, I will be embarking on a journey to scuba dive all 50 states while living small along the way. I will be collaborating with the various Inland Ocean Coalition chapters across the nation to coordinate cleanup events (above and/or below the waters) to bring awareness to environmental issues that impact our lands and ocean. Our efforts go beyond just trash cleanup as we also educate our communities and increase awareness of a sustainable and zero-waste conscious lifestyle.
Despite the challenges that have plagued the world in 2020, now is the time to move forward with my passion project in hope to ignite a more aggressive and sustainable response to climate change. My efforts may be minuscule in the grand scheme of things, yet I believe every bit of awareness we can promote individually and collectively will increase the overall efforts to ultimately save our lands, our ocean and humanity. Climate change is persistent, and no one is immune - we must be the catalyst for change, now!
For most Americans our ocean coastline is something we only see and enjoy on vacation, yet inland activities and initiatives can significantly impact the ocean and climate for better or worse. While serving as an Inland Ocean Ambassador, I will be utilizing my journey to increase awareness of the Inland Ocean Coalition’s efforts across inland communities, and in response we hope inland citizens will take an active role to improve their land to ocean relationship. Inland communities have a voice for our lands and ocean and the Inland Ocean Coalition will help to ensure that voice is heard.
You can follow my progress across the states here or on social media #nwdivegirl, #inlandoceancoalition or www.inlandoceancoalition.org. Please join me as I venture through your home state! Together we can make a splash and become part of the solution.
COVID -19 Changing Landscape While states are reopening across America, we understand that COVID-19 response efforts vary greatly between communities. We do suspect a few challenges as these various responses create a bit of a moving target when planning travel and clean-up events. Gone are the days of just checking the weather before you venture out. We will work within the local area’s specific response and the overarching CDC guidelines to ensure everyone’s safety. We will plan and adapt social distancing guidelines into our cleanup efforts accordingly. If gatherings are not allowed in an area, then I will be cleaning it myself (#solobeachcleanup) or visiting again after restrictions subside.
A Little About Me I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and have had the privilege to explore a vast majority of Washington State. I began scuba diving late in life and it has since become an addiction of sorts, followed by my evolving underwater photography, I honestly cannot get enough of it. I advanced my diving certifications in hopes to do something special. Maybe an instructor living the island life? Then I became a grandma! The thought of being so far away from my future dive buddy did not sit well. So, in early 2019 I made the decision to stay in the states but live and work remote from an RV, providing me flexibility to travel and scuba dive across the US while remaining a relatively short distance from family. I wanted my journey to be a minimalist adventure, driven by my diving passion and shared with family and friends through my personal travel blog and photography. As I began my planning, I discovered there was a void. I wanted to give something back to nature for the peace and tranquility scuba diving has provided me over the years. So, in addition to diving, I decided to initiate cleanup events along the way to help educate others of what was hidden below the water and heal our waters from the destruction we, the human species, have created. This desire led me to the Inland Ocean Coalition and I joined their Inland Ocean Ambassador Training Program this past spring to learn even more about ocean issues and ways I could make a difference. I recently retired, at least for the time being, to give priority to this endeavor and enjoy it to its fullest. Now I am ready to make a splash with passion and purpose on my journey across the US. About the Inland Ocean Coalition We are an inland movement that builds land to sea stewardship. Our vision is to support citizens and communities to take an active role in improving the impacts and relationships between the inland, the coastal, and the ocean. Those who live among mountains, rivers and inland cities have a direct impact on the cycle of life in the ocean. The changes we need to make to address the largest threats facing our seas—lowering carbon emissions, reducing trash and pollution, eating sustainable seafood, safeguarding watersheds, promoting marine protected areas (MPAs)—can happen from anywhere in the world. In 2011, Vicki Nichols Goldstein founded the Colorado Ocean Coalition (COCO), an organization focused on inspiring inland communities to be stewards of our waters and ocean. Starting in 2015, other inland communities began forming Inland Ocean Chapters. In 2017, COCO responded to the growing network of Chapters and formed the Inland Ocean Coalition based on the premise that you don't have to see the ocean to protect it. As the nation's first Inland Ocean Movement, our goal is to be a wellspring for literacy and community engagement across North America.
Mission - To create an inland movement that builds land-to-sea stewardship.
Vision - For individuals and communities to take an active role in improving the impacts and relationships between the inland, the coasts, and the ocean.
Inland states should have a voice in ocean protection, since what we do inland has a direct impact on the sea—think about what we eat, the energy we use, and how we take care of our streams and creeks, which all lead downstream to the ocean. Advocates work with the Inland Ocean Coalition on issues of local and national importance through their own inland ocean chapters. In Alaska, Buffalo (New York), Central Texas, Colorado, Colorado State University, Great Lakes (Michigan), Illinois, Montana, North Texas, Prairie (Manitoba, Canada), Sonoran Desert (Arizona), University of Colorado, University of Michigan, Utah, Washington D.C. and Wyoming affiliates are engaging inland communities and strengthening the Coalition to encourage activism around ocean and watershed conservation.
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