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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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October was Desperately Dry

Nov 11, 2011

Category: Rainfall & River Levels
Posted by: Kathryn

The dry bed along Waterside, CheshamWith the River Chess running dry, we desperately needed a wet October to get the winter recharge period up and running and re-filling the aquifer. Unfortunately, October proved to be unseasonably dry with the Chilterns-East-Colne area (which includes the Chess) only receiving 11% of the Long Term Average (LTA) effective rainfall for the month. Effective rainfall is that which gets down into the aquifer, rather than rain that becomes surface run-off and ends up in the drainage system.

The lack of rainfall meant that groundwater levels continued to decline, with the level at Ashley Green being at its second lowest ever recorded value for October (only October 1997 was lower). The lack of groundwater meant that the River Chess continued to dry out as far as Lord’s Mill in Waterside, Chesham, which will have terrible consequences for the chalk stream ecosystem in the town.

To see the full October Water Situation Report, visit the Environment Agency’s web site.