Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt led the negotiations that resulted in the Groundwater Management Act. Serving later as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Bill Clinton, he led efforts to restore the Florida Everglades, create a National Wildlife Refuge system, and establish 22 new national monuments. He is currently consulting on critical water issues with Governor Jerry Brown of California.
Jim Bush was a lawyer and lobbyist representing the Arizona Mining Association as a member of the small group that negotiated the Act. Tenacious and respected, he fought hard for his clients, but his gruff exterior belied his thoughtfulness and a wild sense of humor.
Jack DeBolske (left) represented municipalities in the negotiations as Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. A master tactician with an impish demeanor, Jack was a fixture at the legislature and had more impact on local government than any other person in Arizona history.
Bill Stephens (right) was a lawyer and lobbyist who represented municipalities in the negotiations of the Act. A former majority leader of the Arizona House of Representatives, he was suspicious by nature, but courageous in his loyalties. He refused to by bullied by anyone.