Dale Twachtmann played a foundational role in the organization of Florida’s water management districts. He initially served as Assistant Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and became Executive Director in 1962. Twachtmann later managed the city of Tampa’s Water, Sewer, Public Works, and Sanitation Departments from 1972 to 1983. In 1987, Governor Bob Martinez appointed Twachtmann Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation. Dr. Julian Pleasants conducted this interview in 2006. In Part 1 of this podcast, Twachtmann discusses the early days of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He considers future issues and directions in water management in Part 2. Edited by Nicole Cox. Published as SPOHP's first podcast initiative project, POD.