Instead, it's the pioneering work on a dispute resolution case study by Adam Zerrenner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Austin and Robert Gulley of the Texas Comptroller's Office and Texas State University that graces this page.
Adam notified me a few days ago that they had developed a teaching case centered on the Edwards Aquifer dispute. The case is hosted by the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, specifically its Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration [PARCC].
Here is the summary from the website:
The Edwards Aquifer case provides a historical review of one of the most contentious and controversial water conflicts in the nation and how this dispute was ultimately resolved. The case provides a unique opportunity for students to explore the rich legal, policy, and technical information contained in the case. The ultimate resolution of the Edwards Aquifer dispute through the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program stakeholder process has applications for other stakeholder water scarcity and natural resource problems. The case also includes an optional simulation for students to role play key stakeholders and practice consensus building and collaboration skills using the case materials.
Here is the Teaching Note:
Parts A and B:
The BSO syndrome has struck again! instead of doing what I am supposed to do I am reading through this material.
The Edwards Aquifer case is a very good example of the ESA being used to implement meaningful water management.
This will be integrated in my classroom this fall. It is nice to see a case study of conflict and collaboration involving groundwater!
Thank you, Adam, Robert, and the Maxwell School.
“At a time when dysfunction marks upper levels of American government and politics, the Edwards region found a way to compromise and meet the needs of a hugely diverse set of interests.” - San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board, “Aquifer Plan a Major Success,” 29 December 2011 [from Part B]