Toxic waters: Local activists arrive in Washington, D.C.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Dozens of people from the Treasure Coast and the west coast of Florida arrived in  Washington, D.C.Wednesday night.  Many went by bus, after raising thousands of dollars to make the trip possible.

Many went by bus, after raising thousands of dollars to make the trip possible.

John Heim, a resident of Fort Myers Beach, drove over from the west coast to take part in the trip.

Heim says, "We look at this as a situation that's taken 85 years to ruin so we don't expect immediate answers. So we look at it as a way to work for future generations, so our children have safe clean waters to swim in. "

Those in the group brought signs, shirts and arm bands displaying their cause. They say they were personally invited by Congressman Patrick Murphy. He urged them to come meet with federal leaders and discuss the effects of Lake Okeechobee discharges on both coasts.

But the government shutdown could affect the impact this group makes.

On Tuesday, Congressman Murphy seemed unsure who would be able to meet with the group, and where, due to the shutdown.

Maria San Clemente of Port St. Lucie says, despite the setback, it'll be worth the trip.

San Clemente says, "As a group we have the power to make changes. And so I feel like with such a backup that we have, I think that we're ready and prepared and they're ready to listen. "

The group will return to South Florida on Thursday night. At least two dozen more people from the Treasure Coast are flying to D.C. to take part in the event, and even more from the west coast are on their way as well.

Newschannel 5 has a crew in D.C. with the group, and will bring you the outcome of the trip both on air and online.

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