WASHINGTON - Treasure Coast Water activists are in Washington D.C. on Thursday morning for a congressional meeting that they hope will lead to a solution to the toxic water problems where they live.
U.S. Reps. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., and Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., are hosting the panel briefing on the impact of discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.
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About 50 activists arrived Wednesday night in hopes their voices will be heard by federal lawmakers.
It was almost a 20-hour bus ride, but the people said they'll do whatever it takes to stop the Lake Okeechobee discharges. There is frustration that the Corps of Engineers won't be at meeting because of the government shutdown, but they're still optimistic.
"All of these people came here to talk to the people who participate in the Democratic process and the people who are responsible for flooding our estuary and killing our marine life," said Capt. Don Voss of the Save The Indian River Lagoon Group.
The meeting will go on until noon and will be followed by a rally outside the capital. Even though the corps won't be there -- the hope is other congressmen from other states will attend to rally behind new legislation.
Among the scheduled panelists are state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, state Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-Fort Myers, and Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard.