Published: Feb 18, 2014 1:22 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Today, a group of local citizens are rallying at the state Capitol.

Once they get to Tallahassee, they'll ask lawmakers to sign this pledge to help protect the state's waterways. The question is: will they make it on time?

The group is running about two hours behind schedule because their bus broke down on the way to pick them up, and as they finally left Fort Myers around 7:00 a.m.

They were expected to arrive at Tallahasse around 1:00 p.m., but the rally only lasted until 1:30 p.m.

The group includes about 25 people from different organizations, including the Sierra Club. They're concerned about those fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee that turned the water here murky and brown last summer.

The activists told us not only did the pollution hurt local business and tourism, it also hurt our marine life, and they're worried it will get even worse.

Former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah is meeting this group in Tallahassee.