Todd H. Votteler
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10604 Natick Lane
Austin, TX 78739
Description of Practice
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.
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.
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)
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).
Completed the following graduate courses, Analytic Methods of Decision Making & Public Policy Analysis at The Univ. of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs.
40 hours of mediation training through the Dispute Resolution Center at The Univ. 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 Univ. titled Environmental Conflict Analysis & Resolution: Water and Watersheds.
Completed an Instream Flows course at Texas State Univ., River Systems Institute.
Completed Assessing Instream Flows course at Texas State Univ., River Systems Institute.
Completed a course in Water Reforms and Governance through the International Water Centre, Brisbane, AU.
Studying Water Diplomacy through the United Nations Inst. for Training and Research.
Completed a Udall Certificate in Environmental Collaboration (80 Hours) through the US Inst. 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
- Land Use
- Natural Resources
- Oil and Gas
- Public Policy
- Mediation Consultant
- Mediation Trainer
- Staff Developer
- Strategic Planning
- Collaborative Professional
This dispute resolution professional keeps professional liability insurance.
AttachmentsRaiders of the Lost Aquifer.pdf
Use of Masters in Water and Environmental Litigation.pdf