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Take a Stand for America's Wetland

Tuesday May 05, 2009 11:43 am - 2255 Views

Take a Stand for America's Wetland Yard Signs released, Louisianans support call for national attention: HOUMA - Southeast Louisiana citizens can personally declare themselves to be part of regional rallies mustering national support for restoring the state's eroding coast by displaying during May "Last Stand for America's WETLAND" signs in front yards, balconies, offices and, porches to spread the word about the opening of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season. The America's WETLAND Foundation Storm Warning signs are available free of charge at the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2020 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. By putting up these signs, residents can show their support for the Foundation's Storm Warning: Last Stand for America's WETLAND citizens' rallies taking place May 30 through June 1 to signify "We’re Taking a Stand!" "This is a way for everyone to join the effort in gaining national attention to the urgency of restoring Louisiana's coast and avoiding an international economic and ecological calamity," said R. King Milling, chairman of the America's WETLAND Foundation. "Unless something is done quickly, some of this valuable ecosystem will be lost forever within ten years. We must act together and act fast." The Storm Warning events will begin on Saturday, May 30 from 4-7 p.m. at the Woldenberg Riverfront Park next to the Aquarium of America's in New Orleans with a rally-style concert featuring Irma Thomas, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters and the Hot 8 Brass Band. The concert is free and open to the public. The public can also participate by joining together on Sunday, May 31 in a variety of marine vessels for the Storm Warning boat parades starting at 9 a.m., one leaving from Larose and the other from Morgan City, each cruising the Gulf Intracoastal Water Way to converge at Houma for the grand finale. At Houma's Downtown Marina, all participating watercraft will meet and blow boat and foghorns at 2 p.m. to signal the warning that unless something is done soon, all the land south of the Intracoastal Canal will be lost. All RV's, motorcycles and vehicles throughout the community will participate in the Storm Warning blast. The Houma rally will feature live music by Zachary Richard, Chubby Carrier, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., Waylon Thibodeaux, and The Uppressors. On June 1, the official opening of the Atlantic hurricane season, AWF will host a hearing in Lake Charles on "Sustaining the Unique Coastal Culture of America's Energy Coast" to discuss challenges and potential solutions for addressing the issues of sustainability unique to this vanishing landscape.

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