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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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Drought 2017

Jul 12, 2017

Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

The Chess at Kitty's Bridge

Above: The Chess at Kitty's Bridge in Chesham taken in July 2017

The river is currently dry as far as Lord's Mill in Chesham and flows further downstream are low. Rainfall has been 'notably low' over the last year, with only 75% of the long-term average falling and futher upstream, at the Queen's Head, the river has been dry since October 2016.

The situation has been worsening, with only 32% of average effective rainfall between 1st April and 30th June 2017. Effective rainfall is that which gets into the aquifer, and that amounts to just 9mm of rain reaching the aquifer over 3 months.

The groundwater levels recorded at Ashley Green in June were 'exceptionally low'. This is the lowest category given by the Environment Agency.

Clearly the impact on river wildlife in Chesham will be severe. Our trained monitors will continue to survey the riverfly populations at sites along the length of the river; it will be interesting to see if they detect population changes during these low flow periods. When water does return to the upper reaches, their monthly monitoring will be a useful tool for assessing the long term impact of this drought on the river's invertebrates.

We would like to urge everyone to drive down the amount of water being taken from the aquifer by using water wisely. For tips, advice and FREE water saving devices, please visit Affinity Water's web site.