VIDEO: Session 4: Water Management on the Public Lands (Chapter 8 of the Commission Report)

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (2nd: 2010: Boulder, Colo.)



1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

SESSION 4: Water Resources

Water Management on the Public Lands (Chapter 8 of the Commission Report)

Reviewer, Moderator, & Commentator: Michael Gheleta, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor (Lakewood, CO)


Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior (Washington, DC)

Sarah Bates, Senior Fellow, Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, University of Montana (Missoula, MT)

Gregory Hobbs, Justice, Colorado Supreme Court (Denver, CO)


Michael Gheleta

Streaming Media


In 1964 Congress established the Public Land Law Review Commission to review the public land laws of the United States and to determine whether revisions were necessary. The Commission was comprised of six members appointed by the President, six by the U.S. Senate and six by the U.S. House. Congressman Wayne Aspinall of Colorado served as chair. In 1970, the Commission issued its report - One Third of Our Nation's Lands. This influential report became a blueprint for much future public lands legislation including, most notably, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the National Forest Management Act.

As we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this seminal document, it is time to reflect on the need for a new Commission and a new report to address the challenges for our public lands in the 21st century. The NRLC's 2010 Martz summer conference will offer a venue to consider this important idea.