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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.
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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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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."

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