When rainstorms follow large and severe wildfires, they tend to flush ash, nutrients, heavy metals and toxins, and sediments into streams and rivers. This contamination from wildfires causes problems for the health of downstream rivers and lakes, as well as safe drinking water production.
- François-Nicolas RobinnePostdoctoral fellow in Environmental Geography, University of Alberta
- Dennis W. HallemaResearch Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
- Kevin D. BladonAssistant Professor, Oregon State University
As rain offers a welcome relief to fire-scorched Australia,concernsover flash floods and freshwater contamination cast a shadow on the joy. Already,massive fish killshave been reported due to heavy ash and sediment in local stream.
Flash floods and water contamination after large-scale wildfires are emerging as real hazards in Australia and many other places, threatening drinking water, ecosystems, infrastructures…
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