By SUMAN NAISHADHAM Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Kamala Harris will highlight issues caused by the western drought on Monday as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and advocates for the Biden administration’s infrastructure and climate change proposals that are stalled in Congress.
Harris will be briefed by Bureau of Reclamation officials on levels of rise in the man-made reservoir that supplies 25 million people with drinking water in the western United States and Mexico, White House officials said Sunday.
After a visit, the vice president will make remarks and meet with officials from the Home Office and other federal and state agencies, including the Southern Nevada Water Authority. She will be joined by US Representatives Dina Titus, Susie Lee and Steven Horsford from Nevada.
Water levels in Lake Mead – created in the 1930s by the construction of dams on the Colorado River – have fallen to record levels. In August, federal authorities declared the first-ever water shortage in the Colorado River. As a result, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will receive less water than normal next year amid a drought that plagues much of the West.
In September, Reclamation released projections showing an even worse outlook for the river.