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Todd Jarvis

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Description of Practice

This Mediator is Certified
Practice focused almost exclusively on water, water rights, groundwater development disputes, groundwater flooding disputes, groundwater protection strategies, springs, water wells, and well construction disputes and claims. Expertise in both face-to-face and online mediation and small and large group facilitation.

Professional Background

Todd Jarvis, PhD, is an engineering geologist with over 35 years of experience in deep well drilling in fractured rock and karst. Prior to joining Oregon State University (OSU) he worked for global water/wastewater engineering and groundwater engineering firms. He also worked as an expert witness and provided litigation support on groundwater rights and water well construction in the western US before becoming enlightened as a certified mediator in the US. He currently specializes in dispute prevention and conflict resolution related to aquifers, groundwater development and protection, and water well construction. He is a Pro Tem Instructor at the University of Oregon Law School teaching Environmental Conflict Resolution. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Groundwater published through the National Ground Water Association. His book "Contesting Hidden Waters: Conflict Resolution for Groundwater and Aquifers" was released in 2014 by Earthscan.


  • Three years - Online Dispute Resolution, SquareTrade, Over 600 cases
  • Two years - Online Water Conflict Transformation Instructor, Oregon State University
  • Four years - Water Conflict Transformation Instructor, Natural Resources Leadership Academy, Oregon State University
  • Two years - Wicked Problems and Natural Resources Negotiations Instructor, Natural Resources Leadership Academy, Oregon State University
  • Nine years - Environmental Conflict Resolution Adjunct Professor, University of Oregon Law School
  • Multiple years, one week terms - UNESCO PCCP Instructor, Water Conflict Transformation, Perugia, Italy; Amman, Jordan; Gaborone, Botswana; Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • One year, one week term - Co-instructor, Water negotiations, Mekong River Commission, Vientiane, Laos
  • One year, multiple meetings, Partnership for Coastal Watersheds, Coos Bay, Oregon
  • Certified Online Mediator


  • BS, MS - Geology/Hydrogeology, University of Wyoming
  • Post Graduate Certificate - Conflict Resolution, University of Utah
  • PhD - Geography, Oregon State University
  • Certified Engineering Geologist
  • Certified Water Right Examiner


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
2001-2002    Leonard and Michelle Hawes (Univ. of Utah)    Post-Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution - 105 hours
2002    State of Utah License No. 52005677-6002    Certified Alternative Dispute Resolution Provider - Mediator
2003    Gregg Walker (Oregon State Univ.)    International Negotiations - 30 hours
2004    Gregg Walker (Oregon State Univ.)    Mediation - 30 hours
2007    Gregg Walker (Oregon State Univ.)    Community Collaboration - 30 hours
2014    Primary Book Author    Contesting Hidden Waters: Conflict Resolution for Groundwater and Aquifers
2022    Book Co-author    Collective Aquifer Governance: Dispute Prevention for Groundwater and Aquifers



Areas of Practice

  • Boundary Disputes
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Natural Resources
  • Online Mediation

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Facilitator
  • Online Mediator
  • Online Arbitrator

References available upon request.