Acid rain nearly destroyed the waterways of the Jizera Mountains; now, thanks to cleaner industry, both the waterways and their surrounding forests are on the mend.
In the Jizera Mountains of Czechoslovakia, acid rain has had a devastating effect on the waterways. In recent years, however, efforts to restore forests, lakes, and rivers have borne fruit. Earthwatch volunteers studied the restoration of fragile waterways in an effort to help develop a comprehensive management plan to ensure the future of this beautiful region.
Over many years, over 400 Earthwatch volunteers contributed to this research. Some collected rain and fog samples from stream and reservoir sites; others worked with local fishermen to catch, measure, and weigh fish; analyze gut content; and take samples of fish scales, tissue, and organs for further analysis. Earthwatchers also collected bottom-dwelling organisms from streams and reservoirs and sampled the vegetation and the soil.
In their recreational time, Earthwatchers hiked or biked in the beautiful Jizera Mountains, or visited nearby castles, museums, botanical gardens, glass factories, cafes, and restaurants.