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Stream water quality concerns linger long after the smoke clears: Learning from Front Range wildfires

Posted date: December 14, 2017
Publication Year: 
2017
Authors: Rhoades, Charles C.; Miller, Susan; Covino, Tim; Chow, Alex; McCormick, Frank H.
Publication Series: 
Magazines or Trade Publications
Source: Colorado Water. March/April 2017: 22-26.

Abstract

Large, high-severity wildfires alter the ecological processes that determine how watersheds retain and release nutrients and affect stream water quality. These changes usually abate a few years after a fire but recent studies indicate they may persist longer than previously expected. Wildfires are a natural disturbance agent, but due to the increased frequency and extent of high-severity wildfires predicted for western North America, it is important to better understand their consequences on surface water.

Citation

Rhoades, Chuck; Miller, Susan; Covino, Tim; Chow, Alex; McCormick, Frank. 2017. Stream water quality concerns linger long after the smoke clears: Learning from Front Range wildfires. Colorado Water. March/April 2017: 22-26.