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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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Monitoring the River's Return

May 2, 2018

Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

Andrew and Ken with their riverfly sample

Above: Volunteers Andrew and Ken checking their sample for riverflies in Meades Water Gardens

Now that flow has finally returned to the upper reaches of the Chess, our riverfly monitors are back to their regular spots at the Queens Head and Meades Water Gardens to see what, if any, invertebrate life is present. Understandably, they found nothing has recolonised these areas as of yet. But from now on they will be checking the sites monthly to see how the river life recovers. The huge amount of silt that has been deposited in Meades Water Gardens (from road run off after storms discharging out of the Vale Brook just upstream) meant that the kick sampling was more like wading through treacle! This is not the clear, gravel bed that we should see in a chalk stream. We are continuing to lobby local authorities and the Environment Agency about the need to reduce the pollution entering the Chess from Chesham's road drainage network.