FOREST NEWS, Wildfires Change Rivers: Massive Wildfires are Growing because of Mega-Climate Changes

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 13 April 2018


Wildfires Change Rivers

Massive Wildfires are Growing because of Mega-Climate Changes

Large wildfires bring increases in annual river flow,
Oregon State University, April 12, 2018.

"Large wildfires cause increases in stream flow that can last for years or even decades..."

"The good news is more water can be a boon, such as serving as a hedge during times of scarce water. The bad news is more water can also be a detriment, especially when it comes with an increase in contaminants, such as sediment or nutrients, caused by the greater runoff that follows vegetation losses to fire."

"In watersheds where more than 19 percent of the forest burned, annual river flow increased significantly."



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