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EPA chief visits Fort Collins today to discuss local climate change efforts


From the February 11, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 11, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor

Environmental Protection Agency Admininstrator Gina McCarthy and other Obama administration officials will join Mayor Karen Weitkunat of Fort Collins, Colo., today to tour projects to restore the Cache la Poudre River and strengthen its resilience to climate change impacts such as higher temperatures and extreme weather events. When floods struck the Front Range of Colorado in September 2013, the city’s proactive planning and river habitat conservation efforts helped mitigate the effects on Fort Collins. 

Also taking part in the tour will be Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality; and David Agnew, director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. After the tour, the officials will hold a press conference at the Natural Resources Research Center in Fort Collins, one of seven "Climate Hubs" launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week to offer tools and strategies to help farmers and ranchers adapt to a changing climate.

In November, Mayor Weitkunat was named to President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The task force will advise the administration on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with extreme weather and other climate impacts.

 

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