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Jul 18, 2019
Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

Please write to your MP before the 22nd July to encourage them to attend the House of Commons debate on the plight of chalk streams.

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.

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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.