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Feb 4, 2019
Category: General
Posted by: Kathryn

Flow monitoring on the upper and lower Chess reveals the good, the bad and the beautiful.

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.

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River Restoration at Pednormead End

Dec 31, 2017

Category: Conservation
Posted by: Kathryn

The stream at Pednormead End

Bucks County Council are planning restoration works to the Missenden Stream, a tributary of the River Chess. The stretch to be restored is a 200m section of the stream that flows through part of the Great Hundridge Manor Estate, bordering the Chesham 1879 Lawn Tennis and Squash Club, and the grounds of the tennis club itself.

Historically, the river channel in this location has been extensively modified, having been widened, deepened and impounded by concrete weirs. As a result, when flow is present, it is sluggish and the reach acts as a sink for sediment, which overlies much of the gravel bed, especially on the upstream side of the weirs and adjacent to the tennis courts, where the channel is at its widest.

The restoration work will restore this stretch of the Missenden Stream to a more natural state and allow the natural chalk stream processes to recreate habitat. Once the habitat is created, the flora and fauna will come back to this reach of the stream. The restoration will include narrowing the channel, regrading the banks, removing a weir, tree work, and creating a backwater feature.

The work is being carried out in partnership with the Environment Agency, Chiltern District Council, Chesham Town Council and the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project. The plan is to carry out the work whilst the channel is dry, but if water levels rise before the necessary permissions have been obtained from the Environment Agency, the work may be delayed until later in the year.