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Vice President Harris to tour Lake Mead, discuss climate change

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Lake Mead on Monday, where she is expected to discuss the Biden Administration's effort to tackle climate change, according to a White House official.

Lake Mead provides water to 25 million people in Nevada, Arizona, California and Mexico. Yet last month, due to a climate change-fueled drought, the lake recorded its lowest level ever.

The head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority emphasized that everyone needs to do their part to conserve water. Southern Nevada gets about 90% of its water from the Colorado River.

The water levels at Lake Mead have fallen more than 100 feet in 20 years. The ongoing drought conditions are projected to drop water levels even more in the coming years.

Currently, over 2.7 million Nevadans are living in drought and 95% of the state is in severe to exceptional drought conditions.

The vice president will receive a briefing on the situation from officials at the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. National Park Service, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Clark County Parks and Recreation.

In her remarks, the vice president is expected to emphasize that water shortages have a ripple effect on farmers, food supply, and economy – and that climate change will continue to make extreme weather including droughts and heat more frequent, costly and harmful.

Harris will explain why she believes Congress must pass the administration's Build Back Better plan and the bipartisan Infrastructure deal.