Fort Collins’ Mayor Karen Weitkunat is excited to welcome the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator and co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders’ Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force to Fort Collins Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 for a tour and press conference.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director David Agnew and White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Chair Nancy Sutley will join Mayor Karen Weitkunat and City Manager Darin Atteberry on a walking tour of the Poudre River near the Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Court, at 10:00 a.m. to learn about the local watershed and recent floods. The tour is open to the press.
The Obama Administration officials and Mayor Weitkunat will then hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m., at the Natural Resources Research Center (NRCC) 2150 Centre Ave., Bldg. D.
The Fort Collins research facility is one of seven “climate hubs” selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at helping farmers, ranchers and forest landowners with information to continue production in a changing climate. Mayor Weitkunat is part of a 26-member task force that will advise the President on how to prepare communities and help federal programs more effectively support efforts at the local level.
The Mayor, EPA Administrator and White House officials will talk about actions at the local level that are leading toward greater preparedness and resilience to the impacts and effects of recent wildfire and flooding, natural disasters and climate change.