Collaborative Water Resolution LLC

Collaborative Water Resolution LLC

Mediation, facilitation, strategic issue analysis, and personnel evaluation and recruitment

“When people talk, good things can happen.”

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.

Principal

Todd H. Votteler, Ph.D.

Todd H. Votteler, Ph.D. is the President of Collaborative Water Resolution LLC.  Votteler is a co-founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Water Journal.  He was Executive Manager of Science, Intergovernmental Relations and 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 also the Chairman of the Guadalupe Basin Coalition. Votteler 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.
Votteler has a B.S. in Natural Resources from The University of the South, an M.S. in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography from Texas State University
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College of Water Knowledge

CWR Project Case Studies

endangered species act blind salamander

Resolving Endangered Species Act – Water Conflicts The Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program – Endangered Species Act By Robert L. Gulley and Todd H. Votteler Mark Twain is frequently (perhaps incorrectly) attributed with the observation that “whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting…

river water transfer picture

The Evolution of Interbasin Surface Water Transfer Policy in Texas: Viable options for Future Water Transfer, Water Grabs, or Just Pipe Dreams By Todd Votteler, Kathy Alexander and the Late Joe Moore Percival Lowell, astronomer and wealthy gentle-man, studied Mars extensively during the late 1800s…

edwards aquifer habitat conservation plan

The Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan Resolution to over 50 years of water dispute by Todd H. Votteler, PH.D. and Robert L. Gulley, PH.D. Water Dispute Resolution, LLC The use of the Edwards Aquifer had inspired regional antagonism and open conflict in courts and the…

fish kill in environmental litigation

The Use of Masters in Environmental Litigation By Todd H. Votteler and Joe G. Moore, Jr. The “downsizing” of American government is a clear trend in public policy. Already, federal environmental agencies have significantly smaller staffs and fewer resources. However, few federal statutes have been…

Whooping crane from Texasaquaticscience.org

Texas Surface Water and Whooping Crane Dispute From litigation to collaboration by Todd Votteler, Ph.D. In December 2015, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and The Aransas Project began a search for common ground. The two organizations had spent years in litigation over the use of water…

Hands Across the Water How the 57-Year Dispute Over the Edwards Aquifer Began, Persisted, and Was Resolved By Todd H. Votteler The Edwards Aquifer is the primary source of water for a region in South-Central Texas that includes San Antonio and irrigated agriculture to the…

Article about over endangered fish and other aquatic species

THE LITTLE FISH THAT ROARED: THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, STATE GROUNDWATER LAW, AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS COLLIDE OVER THE TEXAS EDWARDS AQUIFER AND FISH AND OTHER AQUATIC SPECIES by Todd H. Votteler The Edwards Aquifer is the sole source of water for San Antonio, Texas.…