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Dec 31, 2017
Category: Conservation
Posted by: Kathryn

Restoration works to a tributary of the Chess are planned for early 2018.

Nov 21, 2017
Category: Abstraction
Posted by: Kathryn

River Chess groundwater levels at record lows, a dry river in Chesham for a year, but no water restrictions from Affinity Water.

Sep 18, 2017
Category: General
Posted by: Kathryn

A public River Chess forum will take place in support of the World Wildlife Fund's 'Nature Needs You' campaign.

Jul 12, 2017
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

With groundwater levels now exceptionally low, the river in Chesham is dry as far as Lord's Mill, Waterside.

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Make Rivers A Priority

Mar 16, 2011

Category: General
Posted by: Kathryn

River Chess at Blackwell Hall FarmThe RCA is supporting the Our Rivers campaign to make rivers a priority for the coalition government. Our Rivers is led by WWF-UK, RSPB, the Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association, and campaigns for positive planning for the future of the UK’s rivers.

The government will publish its White Paper on Water this summer. White Papers lay out policy, or proposed action, on a specific concern and Our Rivers is calling for the government to make two key commitments in this paper to protect rivers:

1. Set out a clear timetable to restore the flow of rivers and end unsustainable levels of abstraction, with action in the 2015-2020 water company investment period.

2. Reduce the impact of agricultural diffuse pollution on rivers and wetlands.

The River Chess is categorized as “over-abstracted” and suffers from low flows; its upper reaches in Chesham are drying up with increasing frequency which has detrimental impacts on the river environment (read more about this here). So, improving flows in the Chess will be of major benefit to the river and its wildlife.

Our Rivers is asking for people to write to the Minister responsible for water, Richard Benyon, to ask him to safeguard our rivers for the future. Please consider sparing a few minutes of your time to let him know that rivers like the Chess need greater protection. To find out how to contact the Minister, view a template letter, and to read more about the campaign, visit: