Webinar: Cooperation and conflict resolution in groundwater and aquifer management


Start: November 14, 2016 @ 10AM PT
End: November 14, 2016 @ 11AM PT


Online webinar

Presenter: Dr. Todd Jarvis, Oregon State University, Institute for Water and Watersheds

Conflicts over water depend on the characteristics of the resource. Conflicts over groundwater and aquifers are very different from those posed by surface water resources. Surface water negotiations typically focus on allocations and flows; negotiations over groundwater typically focus on storage and water quality. Whereas surface watersheds, the common boundary for integrated water resource management, are static, groundwater boundaries are value laden and constantly change during development. The resources are often times managed separately even though both resources are hydraulically connected. 

Formal groundwater hydrology differs dramatically from popular groundwater hydrology. Conflicting conceptual models are commonplace for both permeability architecture and groundwater circulation. Dueling experts can easily overtake conflicts focusing on identity, interests, and the investments and risks connected to groundwater and aquifers. 

Science remains at the core of groundwater and aquifer disputes. Disagreements over groundwater science and engineering are not easily defined without the assistance of experts trained that also exercise skills in process. Cooperation on groundwater and aquifer governance takes many forms by first dealing with the dueling experts situation through scientific mediation. Learning and experiencing different water negotiation frameworks through serious gaming enhances participatory approaches to adapting existing subsurface governance.

Please register for the webinar here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3101398323932002562

Todd Jarvis is a hydrogeologist with over 30 years of experience. Prior to joining Oregon State University with the Institute for Water & Watersheds and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, he worked for global water/wastewater engineering and groundwater engineering firms. He blogs on water at Rainbow Water Coalition and wrote Contesting Hidden Waters: Conflict Resolution for Groundwater and Aquifers. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon Law School teaching Environmental Conflict Resolution and a consultant to UNESCO in their Shared Waters training program.

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