Ending the Water Wars

"We have to do more..."

Judy Williams

The years of debate, anger and litigation were ending. But the challenge of following through with the Partnership Agreement was just beginning.

The beautiful Hillsborough River

We know that by working together, water is more affordable, the region is more secure and a vital public interest is served. We have to work together to ensure that we have the water we need today and tomorrow.   As important, we must protect our quality of life and the environment that makes it special. It is vital that we all understand the importance of balancing our needs for water with environmental protection. The consequences of the failure to do so are clear.


"We've recognized that there can be and should be a balance."

Ronnie Duncan

"...we've done a very good job coming together as a region..."

Kathy Castor




Throughout this website, you’ll have the opportunity to play small videos of people who were involved in shaping Tampa Bay’s water policy. They include activists, elected officials, lawyers and experts. All of them were involved in what is called, “Tampa Bay’s Water Wars.” We thought you’d like to hear what they have to say in their own words. We think you’ll appreciate their very different perspectives.

Meet the Experts