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Worth Sharing: Faculty-led Wildfire Research Published in Prestigious Journal

Jackson Webster dips a sampling container into Butte Creek.
Jason Halley/University Photographer

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The collaborative research led by Chico State faculty and including researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) was recently published by the Journal of Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts 

The paper, titled “Wildland-Urban Interface Wildfire Increases Metal Contributions to Stormwater Runoff in Paradise, California,” presents and builds on the findings of an extensive research effort following the 2018 Camp Fire.  

Led by Chico State faculty Jackson Webster, corresponding author, Lead PI and Associate Professor at Chico State’s Department of Civil Engineering, and Sandrine Matiasek, Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the work investigates the effects of widespread urban burning on surface water quality in major watersheds of the Camp Fire area.