Published: Feb 07, 2014 12:29 PM EST
Updated: Feb 07, 2014 4:06 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Army Corps of Engineers will increase fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

Last fall when the Army Corps of Engineers opened the gates, the fresh water releases turned our normally clear Gulf water dark and murky, but is that something we need to be worried about at the height of our tourist season?

The Corps said it will likely release the water at half the rate we experienced last summer.

Environmental specialists said if the water releases are increased to that level, it won't be visually unappealing like we saw the last time, and it will actually be good for wildlife.

Our own meteorologist Katie Walls spoke with Lee County Department of Natural Resources. The Department said increased fresh water released will keep salt water from creeping in from the upper river and protect seagrass. And that's part of the manatee diet.

WINK News has reached out to the Army Corps to see when exactly we can expect a decision. We'll stay on top of this story and let you know once a decision is made.