Treasure Coast water activists arrive in the nation's Capital, ready for water meeting
11:48 PM, Oct 2, 2013
WASHINGTON DC - Treasure Coast residents made their way to Washington DC Wednesday in preparation for Thursdays Congressional hearing on the Treasure Coast toxic water.
"This is the people's business. Whoever does not show up we are going to be very upset with," Keri West said. West has been rallying on Facebook, but decided it was time to travel to DC.
West along with many others were disappointed to learn that the representatives from the US Army Corps of Engineers would not be at the Thursday meeting.
They originally planned to attend, but say the shutdown prevented them.
"I find it very disturbing that they have several campgrounds open throughout the state of Florida, but they can't find the resources to make it to this meeting," activist Steve Edmones said.
Others shared his frustration.
"I guarantee you they are still dumping water tomorrow, so why can't they be there," Nyla Pipes said.
But Congressman Patrick Murphy says even though the Corps of Engineers will not be there, other Federal lawmakers will and that is an important part of the equation.
"It looks like we are going to have quite a few people from the Florida Delegation and members of Congress from the Transportation and Infrastructure committee which is very influential with the water bill," Congressman Murphy said.
The hope is that the shutdown will not keep key congressmen away. After the almost twenty hour journey from the Treasure Coast, the activists are trying to stay positive.
"This gives you inspiration because this is where this all happens," Mark Perry director of the Florida Oceanographic Society said.
The Congressional hearing will start at 8:30 a.m. A rally outside the Capital will be held following the hearing.
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