Fellow Nevadan,

Last week, I hosted the first-ever virtual and 24th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit. It was an honor to be joined by so many other advocates for Lake Tahoe—including keynote speaker and two-time Olympic medalist David Wise, Senators Dianne Feinstein, Kamala Harris and Jacky Rosen, Representatives Tom McClintock, John Garamendi and Mark Amodei, Governors Gavin Newsom and Steve Sisolak, and Dr. Monica Arienzo of the Desert Research Institute—to talk about what more we can do to support the frontline workers who call the lake home and the scientists and local leaders working to conserve its unique ecosystems.

If you missed watching the Tahoe Summit live last week, don’t worry—you can watch the full summit online by clicking below!



The theme of this year’s summit was “Resilient Tahoe.” As the name of this year’s summit reminds us, Tahoe is strong and resilient. Born from a lava flow that cut off the Truckee River, the lake is 24 million years old. It’s withstood flames and floods, drought and disaster. And the enduring beauty of this place is even more important as Americans cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

But just because Tahoe is resilient doesn’t mean its strength is limitless. We need to strengthen the lake—and the communities that depend on it—so that it can endure the challenges of the future. I’ll keep fighting at the federal level for the future of our natural spaces and the cultural treasures they contain in Nevada and throughout America.


Catherine Cortez Masto