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Feb 17, 2020
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn
On the 16th February, Thames Water's Chesham Sewage Treatment Works released storm sewage into the river.
Jan 15, 2020
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

On 15th January, Thames Water's Chesham Sewage Treatment Works released storm sewage into the river.

Dec 15, 2019
Category: Wildlife
Posted by: Kathryn

Apex predators and fish populations can co-exist in a healthy ecosystem. There is advice and help available for any fishery owners concerned about the presence of otters on the Chess.

Dec 15, 2019
Category: Wildlife
Posted by: Kathryn

Otters are present on the Chess; part of the positive story of the recovery of this protected species from the brink of extinction.

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Further Sewage Pollution in the Chess

Feb 17, 2020

Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

Yet again, Thames Water have released sewage into the river from the Chesham Sewage Treatment Works. We received no notification from Thames Water and have received limited information when we emailed them asking whether a discharge event had occurred:

"We believe we discharged storm flows from site yesterday early morning [Sunday] and for some hours. We are not discharging storm flows this morning, but our storm tanks are full."

This meant we had no opportunity to advise people accessing the river, including a number of volunteer groups.

We have since received this text message from Thames Water:

"Please be aware of intermittent discharges from Chesham STW due to Storm Dennis."

If you are a dog walker, volunteer, or anyone thinking of accessing the river downstream of the sewage treatment works in Chesham, we would advise that you avoid the river at the present time.