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Water Quality Impacts of Forest Fires

This paper is concerned with the effects of forest fires on water quality, especially surface water quality. Generally, the term “water quality” is used to describe the physical, chemical, and biological properties of water, usually in regards to its suitability for a specific use. Surface water constitutes the main source of water for most domestic, industrial and commercial water supplies in the United States. The bulk of the surface water is the product of runoff from precipitation that falls as snow or rain on forested and rangeland watersheds. The nature of the surface flow, the condition of the watersheds it is produced in, its downstream routing mechanisms and the cover type and level of disturbance of the source area and the conduits through which the water flows are the determinants for the seriousness of the water quality problem from forested watersheds.

 
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