In the days leading up to this year's hurricane season, America's Wetland Foundation is hosting a series of events in hopes of raising national awareness of the loss of coastal wetlands and the need for its restoration.

Storm Warning IV: Last Stand for America's Wetland will kick off on May 30 - with a free riverfront concert in New Orleans with Irma Thomas and Rockin' Dopsie Jr. (and others yet to be named) - and will last for three days. There will also be a flotilla parade on the intracoastal canal, a summit on coastal issues in Lake Charles, and a 24-hour public rally.

In a press conference in New Orleans yesterday, R. King Milling, chair of the America's Wertland Foundation, said the event will celebration Louisiana's culture, heritage, and land, as well as take a serious look at the problem of coastal erosion. "We live on the edge of this crisis, and we have a responsibility to raise awareness and educate others about what's happening here so they can help us do everything we can to stop it."

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