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Feb 17, 2020
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn
On the 16th February, Thames Water's Chesham Sewage Treatment Works released storm sewage into the river.
Jan 15, 2020
Category: Pollution
Posted by: Kathryn

On 15th January, Thames Water's Chesham Sewage Treatment Works released storm sewage into the river.

Dec 15, 2019
Category: Wildlife
Posted by: Kathryn

Apex predators and fish populations can co-exist in a healthy ecosystem. There is advice and help available for any fishery owners concerned about the presence of otters on the Chess.

Dec 15, 2019
Category: Wildlife
Posted by: Kathryn

Otters are present on the Chess; part of the positive story of the recovery of this protected species from the brink of extinction.

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ChessWatch: A River Observatory

Jun 19, 2019

Category: General
Posted by: Kathryn

Installing a sensor in the river channel

Above: Installing a sensor in the river channel

As part of the new ChessWatch project, four water quality sensors have been placed in the River Chess to take recordings every 30 minutes of water quality indicators including pH, dissolved oxygen and turbidity. We, along with other organisations will use the data to help us understand the threats to the animals and plants in the river that are caused by human activities in the surrounding area. It will also be used by students at Queen Mary University of London who are researching water quality issues in the Chess as part of their studies. The data will also be made available for school A-Level projects, STEM clubs and other educational projects.

ChessWatch aims to increase awareness of the threats to good water quality in the Chess and is taking part in a number of events along the river, with the aim of talking to as many people as possible. We have already had a lot of feedback from members of the public pinpointing what they value about the Chess and highlighting concerns they have for the river and its future.

ChessWatch is a partnership between the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London, the River Chess Association, the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project and Thames Water.

For more information, visit the ChessWatch web site.

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