Rosen Hosts 26th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Discusses Efforts to Protect Lake’s Future

White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy Delivered Keynote Address

Watch Senator Rosen’s Remarks Here.

SAND HARBOR STATE PARK, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) hosted the 26th annual Lake Tahoe Summit to discuss the work being done to protect and sustain Lake Tahoe for generations to come. The summit brought together policymakers from Nevada and California, federal government agencies, stakeholders, and local community leaders under this year’s theme, “Protecting Lake Tahoe’s Future.” White House National Climate Advisor and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy delivered the keynote address.

“Lake Tahoe is a critical part of our region’s environment and ecosystem, it has incredible cultural significance for so many, and it plays a key role in our economic success,” said Senator Rosen. “Since 1997, this summit has been a forum that brings together leaders from Nevada and California to develop solutions to protect this beloved national treasure. I was proud to host this year’s summit and discuss the ways we can continue collaborating to preserve this key resource for our states.”

Senator Rosen was joined by U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Alex Padilla (D-CA), U.S. Representatives Mark Amodei (R-NV) and Tom McClintock (R-CA), Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, Washoe Tribe Chairman Serrell Smokey, and Jennifer Eberlien from the National Forest Service.

Senator Rosen has been a strong advocate for federal funding that protects Lake Tahoe. Last year, Senator Rosen joined Senator Cortez Masto in introducing a bill to extend authorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act for an additional 10 years. Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto also helped pass the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA), which would improve and invest in key water infrastructure systems throughout the country. The legislation includes provisions they championed to fund environmental improvement projects within the Lake Tahoe Basin and water infrastructure upgrades throughout rural Nevada. Senator Rosen also helped write and pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which includes $17 million in funding for the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act.