STUART, Fla. -- Thousands joined in on a rally Sunday to pressure lawmakers to stop the water releases from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon.
Now, some participants are wondering if the rallies are really working.
Rachel Serengeli says the rallies raise awareness, but that's the extent of it for now. She says lawmakers will see it, but ignore it.
Serengeli has already been made sick from toxic water in the river, and couldn't attend the rally because of it. She finds other ways of supporting the cause.
Alek Loudakis, on the other hand, thinks it at least gets the attention of lawmakers. "It might show them who's not voting for them," Loudakis said.
He remains hopeful in the efforts. "We've got veterans of this fight who have been fighting this for decades and they're joining hands with the youth," said Loudakis.
He says one things that was successful was making sure more people in the community know the danger of the water,
More rallies will be planned for the end of August and the beginning of September.