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Jun 19, 2019
Category: General
Posted by: Kathryn

We are part of a new project to make data available to the public on the impacts of pollution on the River Chess.

Jun 7, 2019
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

River groups call for water restrictions now as drought conditions threaten southern chalk streams.

Mar 7, 2019
Category: Abstraction
Posted by: Kathryn

Thames Water and Affinity Water are planning to work together on a new reservoir project to reduce our dependence on groundwater supplies.

Feb 4, 2019
Category: General
Posted by: Kathryn

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

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HS2 and The Chess

Mar 24, 2018

Category: HS2
Posted by: Kathryn

We hosted a public meeting with HS2 and the Environment Agency at Chesham Town Hall on the 20th March 2018.  We wanted to hear how HS2 and the EA intend to protect the water resource that sits in the chalk aquifer in the Misbourne and Chess Valleys.

HS2 are planning to build two tunnels through the chalk aquifer from the Colne Valley to the north of Amersham. This will mean that the tunnelling equipment will come into contact with the groundwater that sits in the chalk. This groundwater is currently used to supply the public's domestic water and the flows in our rare chalk rivers, the Misbourne and the Chess.The concern is that this tunnelling work could contaminate this water source or stop flows into our rivers.

HS2 gave a confident and professional presentation that went some way to reduce our concerns, but this work still needs to be approved and controlled by the Environment Agency. And it was acknowledged by all that it is not possible to eliminate all risks to the environment. The Government recognises the risk to the local water resource and in 2016 issued a financial indemnity to Affinity Water, our local water company, to cover the cost of any loss of this water resource which they depend on to supply our drinking water for an estimated amount of £77 million.

We have asked why this indemnity cannot be extended to other stakeholders that depend on this water; this includes everyone that takes pleasure and benefit from this water, including, walkers and ramblers, schools who use the rivers as part of their lessons, watercress producers, fishing clubs and environmental groups. We still wait to hear an answer on this issue.