Published: Jul 10, 2013 2:36 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Senate President Don Gaetz is creating a select committee to study the impact of discharges from Lake Okeechobee into nearby water bodies.
    
The committee will look at the impact of sending water from the major lake into the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucie River. Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, was named chairman of the new committee.
    
Negron said in a statement that local residents have seen an impact from discharges.
    
He said the committee wants to look deeper at potential environmental impacts associated with the discharges. The discharges are controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    
There have been concerns that too much freshwater is coming from the lake into estuaries that rely on a mixture of both fresh and salt water.

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