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.
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.
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)
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).