Restoration projects are essential if the Vision ‘to achieve a viable springfed river ecosystem’ is to be realized.
The Styx River ecosystem, although highly modified, retains relatively high ecological values. Native plants are regenerating under the taller willow tree canopies that line many of the waterways. These waterways act as corridors for the upstream and downstream migration of birds, fish, invertebrates and plants.
Each restoration project aims to build on these values through enhancing natural character, wildlife habitats and the development of linkages and core habitats. Restoration projects also develop opportunities for people to experience, understand and enjoy nature.
Over time the cumulative effect of the many individual restoration projects time results in a healthy, well-balanced, fully functioning river ecosystem, to be enjoyed by both present and future generations.
There are many small areas where restoration is carried out. Some of the larger restoration sites include: