Monitoring invertebrate communities, aquatic plants, riparian vegetation and habitat conditions is undertaken at several different monitoring sites. Each site is surveyed twice a year; once in spring and once in summer.
There are a number of reasons for collecting information about the Styx River and its tributaries. These include:
- To monitor habitat, aquatic plants and invertebrate communities over time.
- To ascertain if there are any trends between changes in habitat and changes in invertebrate communities over a period of time.
- To compare invertebrate communities in the Styx with invertebrate communities in other catchments within the Canterbury region.
- To improve understanding of the current state of the in-stream habitat and invertebrate communities.
- Styx Mill
- Main North Road
- Gardiners Road
- Belfast Road
- Blakes Road
- Ouruhia Domain
- Control Site