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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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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.