Published: Oct 03, 2013 7:34 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 03, 2013 1:03 PM EDT

Florida's Freshman U.S. Congressman Trey Radel is leading a team of Southwest Florida officials in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

Radel, along with leaders from Sanibel, Fort Myers Beach, and Lee County will lay out before congress the impact water releases from Lake Okeechobee has on Southwest Flordia.

The team will testify about how the dirty water is affecting business and tourism in the area. They'll also ask for more federal funding to improve the dike system in Florida.

The Army Corps of Engineers conducts the releases, but will not be represented at the hearing in Washington because of the of the recent government shutdown.