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Wildfires & Watersheds: New science brings new insights


Last updated 3/9/2021 at 2:13pm

These photos shows damage around a watershed area after the 2002 Hayman Fire between the Kenosha Mountains and Pikes Peak.

By Bill Banks, Executive Director, Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control & Greenway District

Eventually, the efforts of our firefighters and winter storms will extinguish the raging wildfires in Colorado. Even while some areas are still smoldering, hydrologists may carefully enter burn areas to gather soil samples. Why? Because post-fire erosion and sedimentation directly impact our state's watersheds and water quality.

How do wildfires impact our watersheds?

This seemingly straightforward question actually has a variety of answers, and some are quite complex. First, here are the mor...

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