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The stacks of the Martin Drake Plant emit steam, but stand in stark contrast to the majestic mountains that are the backdrop for Colorado Springs. Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
A crew from Velocity Constructors, Inc., in Denver work on a new ion-exchange filter system Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Southmoor Water Treatment Plant for the Widefield Water and Sanitation District. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A crew from Velocity Constructors, Inc., in Denver work on a new ion-exchange filter system Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Southmoor Water Treatment Plant for the Widefield Water and Sanitation District. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
China Plastic Ban
FILE - In this July 25, 2017 file photo, baled plastics await pickup for recycling inside the Athens-Clarke material recycling facility in Athens, Ga. A scientific study published Wednesday, June 20, 2018, said China's 2017 decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to stockpile around the globe. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)
A pedestrian stays dry in the rain while crossing Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
FILE - A pedestrian stays dry in the rain while crossing Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
30 Years Of Warming
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, smoke rises behind a destroyed apartment complex as a wildfire burns in Ventura, Calif. In the 30 years since 1988, the number of acres burned in the U.S. by wildfires has doubled. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
Drought map of Colorado released Thursday, June 14, 2018. (Courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor)
Mine Waste Spill Cleanup
FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine outside Silverton, Colo. The Gold King and other mines in the area are now part of a Superfund cleanup project. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday, June 14, 2018, it plans to take a series of interim cleanup steps at some of the sites while it searches for a longer-term solution. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
Melting Antarctica
This January 2018 photo provided by researcher Andrew Shepherd shows an unusual iceberg near the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. In a study released Wednesday, June 13, 2018, an international team of ice experts said the melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992. (Andrew Shepherd/University of Leeds via AP)
A small sea of fire retardant foam was unintentionally released in an aircraft hangar, temporarily covering a small portion of the flight line at Travis AFB, Calif., Sept. 24, 2013. The non-hazardous foam is similar to dish soap, which eventually dissolved into liquid, which was helped by high winds. 60th Air Mobility Wing fire fighters helped control the dispersion by using powerful fans and covering drains. No people or aircraft were harmed in the incident. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Wright/Released)