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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.

Jul 12, 2017
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

We welcome the news that Thames Water will shortly be making improvements to the Chesham works.

Apr 1, 2017
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

The River Chess has suffered many issues resulting from the Chesham Sewage Treatment Works, going as far back as 1889. These problems continue today.

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Action for the Colne Catchment

Dec 16, 2014

Category: Conservation
Posted by: Kathryn

A new web site is hosting dynamic action plans for the Chess and other rivers in the Colne Catchment. The River Colne Catchment Action Network, a partnership of conservation organisations, voluntary groups, councils and water companies, has created a web site that features an action plan for the Chess, detailing completed, on-going, planned and potential projects to protect and improve the river environment. The web site includes a number of River Chess Association projects, such as habitat enhancements at Latimer Park, Chenies Bottom and Scotsbridge and our monitoring work for water voles and riverflies.

The web site also hosts plans for the Ver, Gade, Bulbourne, Misbourne, Alderbourne, Upper Colne, Colne Valley, Pinn, Ash and the Twin Rivers. Together, these create a plan for the Colne Catchment that seeks to:

  • control invasive, non-native species
  • involve people with their local water bodies
  • improve wildlife corridors
  • improve water quality
  • manage flow
  • bring people together to work for the benefit of the rivers


If you know of work that needs doing on your patch, you can suggest a project via the web site. The site is a great way to find out what is happening on your local rivers and find out how to get involved. You can also keep up to date with catchment news via @ColneCAN on Twitter.