Todd H. Votteler, Ph.D.

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Todd H. Votteler, Ph.D. is the Executive Manager of Resource Policy and Stewardship for the Guadalupe–Blanco River Authority where he regularly works with the media, state and federal administrative agencies, the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress.  He is also the Chairman of the Guadalupe Basin Coalition. Votteler is a co-founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Water Journal.  He is Executive Director of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, a 501(c)3 land and water trust.

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.  He has completed:

Highlighted Experience and Training

Completed the following graduate courses, Conflict Management TheoryIntegrated Problem Solving, and 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 and 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 and 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 Udall Certificate in Environmental Collaboration (80 Hours) through the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution. Courses included:

  • 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.

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/).

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