Impacts of wildfires and retardants on surface water quality
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Wildfire retardant is one of the most beneficial tools used to prevent the spread of wildfire, yet its presence has been found to be of big concern when dropped into aquatic habitats. Many retardants are composed mainly of ammonium and phosphates, which can lead to troubles with eutrophication and fish kills at high doses. Iron is often included to help with the identification of retardant drops, but can result in aesthetic issues when gotten into waterways. Despite the risks associated with its use, retardant is still a needed tool to help reduce the spread of wildfire and the effects of wildfire ...