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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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The Chess in Crisis

Jul 18, 2019

Category: Drought
Posted by: Kathryn

Dry river channel

Above: The dry river Chess at Kitty's Bridge in Waterside, Chesham

A long stretch of the Chess in Chesham has been dry for many months. This has been an increasingly common sight in recent years. 

Nearly 60% of chalk stream habitat in the Chilterns AONB is now dry. We're in a drought, but nothing is being done to protext our rivers. 

Charles Walker, MP for Broxbourne, has secured a debate in the House of Commons on Monday 22nd July on the issues facing our chalk streams and their need for greater protection.

Please contact your local MP to let them know you care about our chalk streams in advance of this debate.

The Chilterns Chalk Streams Project has put together a letter template, so that it's quick and easy for you to email your MP. Please visit their web site for more information and use the template.

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