After the Wildfire - Hydrologic and Water Quality Effects of Wildfire

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This webinar will present information on the hydrologic and sediment transport effects of wildfires. The presenters will draw on experiences with post fire hydrology from wildfires including the Cerro Grande Wildfire that caused heightened flood risk for a nuclear facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Missionary Ridge, Fourmile, Black Forest, and Waldo Canyon Wildfires in Colorado. The webinar will present the science behind hydrologic changes from wildfire and will provide examples of tools and methods that can be used to quantify changes to peak discharges, runoff volume, and sediment yield in a risk-based context.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will learn how wildfire affects hydrologic properties of watersheds and why there is
a severe risk of flooding following wildfire.
2. Participants will learn about typical ways to quantify changes in hydrology following wildfire.
3. Participants will learn about different types of measures to mitigate flood risk following wildfire,
ranging from public outreach to explain risk to watershed-based treatments.

Course Level: All

Last Updated: May 16, 2018


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Dr. T. Andrew Earles, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE

Vice President

Dr. Andrew Earles is the Vice President of Wright Water Engineers, Inc., a consulting engineering firm based on Denver, Colorado. Andrew has worked for WWE for almost 22 years since completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering at Stanford University and Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia. Andrew’s experience with temporary diversion methods dates back to his early years at WWE when he dealt with diversion of snowmelt runoff around West Lake at Copper Mountain during construction of The Village development. Since then, Andrew has developed hydrology and conceptual plans for temporary diversions on many projects and led efforts to update Mile High Flood District criteria on this topic.


After the Wildfire - Recorded Webinar
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