LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Vice President Kamala Harris visited Lake Mead to see first-hand how the reservoir has been impacted by a drought that lasted more than 20 years.
“Look at where the water has receded over the past 20 years,” she commented.
Officials from Clark County, The U.S. National Parks Service and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation all presented a briefing to her outside near the lake.
She heard that lake levels have fallen 140 feet, 20 in the past year alone.
“The program is thoughtful and foresightful and really transformational,” she said.
The Vice President added Build Back Better needs to be passed by Congress to restore watersheds, wetlands and improve water efficiency.
The program she said would also create good union jobs.
According to FEMA in the past 40 years there have been 28 droughts nationwide that have cost more than $260 billion in damages and nearly 4,000 deaths.