President Obama will speak at annual Lake Tahoe summit on South Shore |

President Obama will speak at annual Lake Tahoe summit on South Shore

President Barack Obama will speak at the annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Tahoe's South Shore.

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — The White House said President Barack Obama will travel to Lake Tahoe on Aug. 31 to speak about his commitment to protecting the environment and addressing climate change.

Spokesman Eric Schultz said Obama will talk about how the United States can ensure that national treasures like Lake Tahoe can be protected for future generations.

Federal, state and local leaders meet every year to review policy designed to restore and sustain Lake Tahoe, known for its clear blue waters.

The event began after President Bill Clinton ordered federal agencies to coordinate to protect the lake and surrounding region, which experienced a wet winter this past year but is still suffering from years of drought.

Darcie Goodman Collins, executive director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, said the announcement of Obama’s visit “comes at a critical time for the health of Lake Tahoe.”

“The League to Save Lake Tahoe is optimistic that with the national spotlight that President Obama brings to Tahoe, we have a historic opportunity to Keep Tahoe Blue by making progress on our efforts to combat pollution, promote restoration, tackle invasive species and protect Lake Tahoe’s shoreline,” Collins said in a statement.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid is hosting the 20th annual Lake Tahoe Summit, which will be held at Harveys Outdoor Arena in Stateline, Nevada. Reid also hosted the inaugural summit in 1997.

Nevada-born rock band The Killers will perform at the event. Other speakers and important guests will be announced at a later date.

Claire Cudahy, Tahoe Daily Tribune reporter, contributed to this article.

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