Cleanup helps nature on River Narūta in Latgale

On August 1, during a restoration cleanup of the Narūta rapids in the Rāzna National Park, an almost half-kilometer long section of the river was cleared of fallen trees, driftwood and beaver dams, restoring the rapids and improving the environment for protected species, the Nature Protection Administration (DAP) said.

As DAP explained, the works were carried out by DAP together with the World Wide Fund for Nature and volunteers in the "Do good to nature" initiative.

The restoration works of the river were led by Lauma Vizule-Kahovska, an expert on freshwater habitats, who explained: "Driftwood and beaver dams create obstacles that hinder the flow of the river and change the environmental conditions typical of rapids. The complete removal of trees in the river is not necessary. The trees that have fallen into the river in small quantities, which do not completely block the river, are to be left – they increase the diversity of the habitat and serve as a home for crustaceans, a hiding place for fish, as well as a growth substrate for mosses and algae."

The Narūta river is a protected biotope of European Union importance and traditionally in August, the restoration works of its rapid flow take place in order to improve the quality of this habitat, which is currently rated as average due to fallen trees, drifts and beaver dams.

The goal of the annual cleanup is to gradually free the Narūta from obstacles along its approximately ten kilometer length from the source in Lake Eša to the inlet in Lake Dagda. The elimination of stream blockages is important not only for improving the quality of the river, but also for recreation – the river becomes available for boating again.


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