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Feb 18, 2014 10:26 AM EST By Steve Campionb. WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral


Water activists across Southwest Florida are ready to send a strong message.

They boarded buses in Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota and other cities across the state to deliver a strong message to Tallahassee lawmakers: They want clean water.

Listed once as one of the most endangered rivers in the country, those passionate want to give the Caloosahatchee and other bodies of water a voice. They're demanding politicians make a promise Tuesday — clean up the pollution before it's too late.

"We see it all the time, the pictures on the news from the dead dolphins, the dead manatees, the fish kills, the way our beaches look, that is Florida's image that is being broadcasted," said Dave Kirwan, Cape Coral.

The dramatic images seen across Southwest Florida are pushing some to stand up.

"It makes me feel angry," Kirwan said.

The activists channel one message.

"We are entitled to and demand clean water in Florida," Kirwan said. "We knew the legislators would be in place. We knew it was our chance."

Sixteen-year-old Delanie Kirwan planned to make the trip to Tallahassee Tuesday to urge lawmakers to sign the Floridians' Clean Water Declaration. Watch the video at