Senator Catherine Cortez-Masto and members of her staff from Nevada and Washington, D.C. met with the Walker Lake Working Group on Nov. 1 on a rural Nevada trip.

While in Hawthorne, they met with members of the Walker Lake Working Group board of directors and grant administrator as well as Mineral County District Attorney Sean Rowe.

During this visit, the senator was given historical data of the lake and the progress that Mineral County and Walker Lake Working Group have made in the legal issues currently resulting from the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the water procurement and processes taken by the Walker Basin Conservancy, a spokesperson for the working group stated.

There were discussions of financial assistance that had been received by the efforts of Senator Harry Reid, now retired while he was in office and how far those efforts have came to helping to save the ancient lake.

“It was a very productive meeting and the Walker Lake Working Group is looking forward to working with Senator Cortez-Masto for the benefit of Walker Lake,” stated Marlene Bunch, member of Walker Lake Working Group.