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Senate creates committee to address water concerns

Sen. Lee Constantine will chair a new committee created by Senate President Jeff Atwater to address water quality and supply concerns and issues affecting Florida, Atwater just announced.

Atwater said the Select Committee on Florida's Inland Waters is needed to address the water issues, including springs protection, that have an impact on the state's environment and economy.

"We must become the leader in managing economic growth with water conservation demands and ecosystem protections," Atwater said. The committee has the green light to draft policies and recommendations for the 2010 legislative session this coming spring, he said.

That's the same session that could bring a hearty debate on oil drilling off Florida's coastline.