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Mar 24, 2018
Category: HS2
Posted by: Kathryn

A public meeting with HS2 and the Environment Agency looked at the risks posed by tunnelling to the groundwater and rivers of the Chess and Misbourne Valleys.

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.

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Reduced Risk of Sewage for the Chess

Apr 25, 2012

Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

In recent years Thames Water, who manage the Chesham Sewage Treatment works, have been struggling with a system with insufficient storage capacity resulting in untreated sewage being introduced into the River Chess usually during times of sudden, heavy rainfall.

RCA members and Thames Water staff at Chesham Sewage Treatment Works

RCA members with Thames Water staff on a visit to Chesham Sewage Treatment Works in 2011

Since 2009, the River Chess Association (RCA) has worked with Thames Water to reduce the number of sewage discharges from the Sewage Works into the river. Over this period we have developed a positive working relationship with Thames Water. Thames Water has now just completed the expansion of the storm water overflow storage, doubling capacity at Chesham, which will greatly reduce the chances of future discharges. We will continue to work with Thames Water on water quality issues and build on this strong partnership. We commend its staff for their efforts in this process.

RCA Chairman, Paul Jennings said, "This development is particularly important at a time when the Chess is suffering from very low flows due to a shortage of water in the subsurface chalk aquifer. At these times the river is less able to dilute pollution events. We are very pleased with the way Thames Water has reacted to this problem."