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Jul 6, 2018
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

With this hot weather our water use goes up; this leaves less water available for the Chess.

May 3, 2018
Category: Abstraction
Posted by: Kathryn

With an ever-growing demand for drinking water and increasingly extreme weather events, how do we get the water we need without causing even more harm to our rivers?

May 2, 2018
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

Our riverfly monitors are back out in the centre of Chesham checking for life in the Chess now that flow has returned.

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.

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River Chess Hosts Ministerial Visit

Oct 15, 2012

Category: General
Posted by: Kathryn

James Cracknell & Richard Benyon MP

James Cracknell & Richard Benyon MP receiving a lesson in fly monitoring from our chairman, Paul

It was a privilege to be asked to host a visit to the River Chess on 15th October by Richard Benyon MP, Rivers Minister, together with James Cracknell, celebrity ambassador for the DEFRA 'Love Your River' campaign. Partners of the campaign include the Environment Agency, National Trust, the Wildlife Trusts, Thames Water and others. Its aim is to highlight the link between river health and water use, so that people understand and value water and take action to improve their local rivers and the environment around them.

We are delighted that Richard Benyon has recognised the importance of our rivers and particularly the very special conservation and habitat issues uniquely associated with chalk streams such as our own River Chess.

Whilst we fully support Love Your River, we would like to emphasise the partnership aspects of the campaign. Local people and volunteer environmental groups will put in the work. However, we need the Minister to take action to substantially cut abstraction licences and introduce compulsory water metering as a matter of urgency. This is required to ensure a sustainable level of water in our aquifers and a healthy flow in our rivers.

We would also stress the importance of the many organisations that support us in our efforts and would like to especially single out the Chiltern Chalk Streams Project that provides practical help and advice with our work.

The future of our chalk streams is a stake.

In the meantime, we echo the call for everyone to treat water as a precious resource and to use it sparingly.