Government shutdown could have an impact on the Congressional toxic water meeting

STUART, Fla. - The government shutdown could not come at a worse time for the toxic water situation on the Treasure Coast.

A Congressional briefing on the waterways is scheduled for Thursday.

But Congressman Patrick Murphy says the location might have to be moved and he isn't sure which Federal leaders will now be able to show up.

"The Federal agencies have told us if the government opens a half hour before the hearing starts they will be there, they want to be there, legally I don't think they're allowed to be there," Congressman Patrick Murphy said.

Murphy says his office is in contact with those agencies.

The shutdown is not good news for dozens of people on the Treasure Coast who are planning to go to the briefing in Washington DC.

"It is really unfortunate this has to happen right at the time we are trying to get Congress and the agencies together and really point out the need for restoration," Mark Perry with the Florida Oceanographic Society said.

Perry will still leave for DC on Wednesday.

Dozens of grassroots activists will also be boarding a bus Wednesday morning to go to the hearings on Thursday.

"All this makes me a little sick to my stomach," Nyla Pipes said.

Pipes along with others raised almost 8000 dollars to rent the bus and pay for the hotel rooms.

"I just keep telling people we have to get on the bus. We have to go anyway, this is our opportunity," Pipes said.

Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard is also en route to Washington DC.

"It is extremely important that we go to Washington because a lot of our solutions are there. We are proceeding with the trip," Heard said.

Congressman Murphy's office says most of the lawmakers on the agenda are still attending the meeting.

The Army Corps of Engineers says their representatives will likely also be at the meeting because they aren't furloughing at this point.
 

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