Professional Details

Todd H. Votteler

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10604 Natick Lane
Austin, TX 78739
USA
512-970-9840

Description of Practice

Collaborative Water Resolution LLC, provides its clients with decades of experience in the resolution of intractable water and environmental conflicts. Through mediation, facilitation, strategic issue analysis, and personnel evaluation and recruitment, Collaborative Water Resolution LLC provides its clients with the highest level of professional assistance. The dispute resolution, legal, scientific and managerial experience of Dr. Todd Votteler make Collaborative Water Resolution LLC a unique resource for governments, courts, and companies faced with looming water and environmental disputes. Collaborative Water Resolution LLC serves a specialized clientele who face difficult water and environmental conflicts.

Professional Background

Todd H. Votteler, Ph.D. has over 25 years of experience with complex water and environmental disputes. Votteler is the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Water Journal. He was Executive Manager of Science, Intergovernmental Relations & Policy for the Guadalupe–Blanco River Authority where he regularly worked with the media, state and federal administrative agencies, the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress. He was the first Executive Director of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, a 501(c)3 land and water trust. He served as Chairman of the Texas Land Trust Council. Votteler was appointed by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Lucius Bunton as the Federal Special Master for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) litigation, Sierra Club v. San Antonio. Prior to that he assisted Federal Court Monitor Joe G. Moore, Jr. during the landmark ESA litigation over the Edwards Aquifer, Sierra Club v. Babbitt. His previous experience also includes Research Scientist for the Battelle – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in Washington, D.C., and Chairman of the Texas Land Trust Council.

Experience

Assistant to the Court Monitor – U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, Sierra Club, et al. v. Bruce Babbitt, et al., MO-91-CA-069, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Lucius D. Bunton III presiding. Endangered Species Act (ESA) litigation concerning aquatic species dependent upon spring discharge from the Edwards Aquifer. Assisted the Court Monitor (Joe G. Moore, Jr.) in researching and preparing the 1994 and 1995 drought management plans for the Edwards Aquifer and a regional habitat conservation plan. Federal Special Master – U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, Judge Sam Sparks, Sierra Club v. San Antonio, et al., No. MO-96-CA-097. Appointed by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Lucius D. Bunton III. ESA litigation concerning aquatic species dependent upon spring discharge from the Edwards Aquifer. Prepared a regional drought management plan for the Edwards Aquifer that was adopted by Judge Bunton. The plan limited groundwater withdrawals among various water users across a region that includes the City of San Antonio, Texas. Steering Committee Member of the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program, which produced the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan. He is currently a Member of the Implementation Committee for the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan (see http://eahcp.org/). Negotiated a partnership between GBRA and The Aransas Project, which pursued ESA litigation on behalf of Whooping Cranes against Texas during The Aransas Project v Shaw et al. (see http://www.gbra.org/news/2016/112901.aspx)

Degrees

Ph.D. Geography. Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas (2000). M.S. Natural Resources. The University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1989). Focus on conflict management and negotiation. B.S. Natural Resources. The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee (1986).

Other Information

Completed the following graduate courses, Conflict Management Theory, Integrated Problem Solving, & Negotiation Skills at The University of Michigan as part of my M.S. in Natural Resources. Completed the following graduate courses, Analytic Methods of Decision Making & Public Policy Analysis at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs. 40 hours of mediation training through the Dispute Resolution Center at The University of Texas at Austin in Compliance with the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures Act. Completed a course in Mediation Intensive Training through the Center for Understanding in Conflict in New York. Developed and taught a graduate course at Texas State University titled Environmental Conflict Analysis & Resolution: Water and Watersheds. Completed an Instream Flows course at Texas State University, River Systems Institute. Completed Assessing Instream Flows course at Texas State University, River Systems Institute. Completed a course in Water Reforms and Governance through the International Water Centre, Brisbane, Australia. Studying Water Diplomacy through the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Completed a Udall Certificate in Environmental Collaboration (80 Hours) through the US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Courses list: * 101: Managing Environmental Conflict; * 210: Collaboration in NEPA; * 301: Facilitation Fundamentals; * 410: Advanced Multi-Party Negotiation of Environmental Disputes; and * 501: Collaboration Leadership for Environmental Professionals.

Areas of Practice

  • Environmental
  • Land Use
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil and Gas
  • Public Policy

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Collaborative Professional
  • Strategic Planning
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer

Attachments

      Raiders of the Lost Aquifer.pdf Raiders of the Lost Aquifer.pdf
      the-little-fish-ssrn.pdf the-little-fish-ssrn.pdf
      TWR#124.pdf TWR#124.pdf
      TWR#160.pdf TWR#160.pdf
      TWR#58.pdf TWR#58.pdf
      Use of Masters in Water and Environmental Litigation.pdf Use of Masters in Water and Environmental Litigation.pdf