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Interior Sec. Haaland visits Las Vegas to address worsening Western drought

U.S. interior secretary Deb Haaland was in Las Vegas on Sunday to address the worsening drought crisis in the west.

Along with the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo, they met with local elected officials and business leaders to discuss the local effects of the on-going drought.

They also touted the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that invests $8.3 million in water and drought resilience that will water efficiency and recycling programs and rural water projects. The law also invests $2.5 billion in Indian Water Rights Settlements to help the Interior Dept. fulfill its obligations to tribes the Las-Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Haaland’s department is trying to meet its goal of permitting at least 25 gigawatts of onshore renewable energy by 2025 by collaboratively partnering with states, cities and tribal communities.