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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says Fort Collins' views on climate change typify the American public's, but the federal government is lagging behind.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy visited the city yesterday, touring projects to restore the Poudre (POO'-dur) River and help it withstand extreme weather.

Her visit comes a week after the Agriculture Department designated Fort Collins and six other cities as climate hubs.

The hubs are charged with assessing local climate risks, including drought and wildfire, and developing plans for dealing with them, including improved irrigation techniques.

McCarthy says some leaders in Washington are skeptical about climate change and critical of efforts to address it, but they should follow the lead of cities such as Fort Collins.

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