A landmark study on acid rain came to an end today. Researchers took down a barrier that’s divided Little Rock Lake in two for nearly thirty years. Dismantling the curtain was no easy task.
Decades after scientists proved the effects of acid rain on northern lakes, it was time to take down the Little Rock barrier that made the study possible. Fifteen researchers, students and divers were on hand for the challenge: how to dismantle a 250-foot curtain…made of heavy black plastic, and partially submerged under years of sediment.
Thirty years of scientific study on a Vilas County lake will come to an end on Monday.
Scientists are removing a barrier that has divided Little Rock Lake in two since 1984. Researchers installed the barrier to conduct a landmark study on the effects of acid rain. Carl Watras is a research scientist with the state Department of Natural Resources. He's been involved with the Little Rock project since the beginning. Watras says at the time there was speculation about the effect of acid rain on lakes, but there was no definitive evidence.