The River Chess has suffered many issues resulting from the Chesham Sewage Treatment Works, going as far back as 1889. These problems continue today.
Drilling for HS2 could threaten our local drinking water supplies and chalk streams.
We are holding a public meeting on the 3rd November at Chesham Town Hall to hear how Thames Water plan to prevent further sewage pollution of the river.
Chesham Sewage Treatment Works released sewage into the Chess for nearly 11 hours following Friday's heavy rain.
News Archive 2011
Dec 22, 2011
The unusually dry weather continued into November, bringing bad new for the river.
Nov 11, 2011
River flow and groundwater levels continue to decline thanks to an unseasonably dry October.
Nov 3, 2011
Please help us by sending a letter to DEFRA Minister, Richard Benyon MP, to call for an end to raw sewage releases.
Nov 3, 2011
The River Chess Association has called upon the Environment Agency to take earlier action to tackle droughts.
Oct 29, 2011
Following poaching on the River Chess, we welcome the Angling Trust's Seven Point Plan to tackle poaching.
Oct 19, 2011
Once decimated by mink, the Chess water vole population has completed its comeback thanks to a local recovery project.
Sep 28, 2011
A stretch of the Chess has been emptied of almost all its resident fish - please be on the look out for people acting suspiciously along the river.
Sep 12, 2011
The Environment Agency's latest water situation report tells a tale of heavy rainsall and low flows in our area.
Sep 8, 2011
The riverly populations at a Chesham stretch of the river are declining, but what's the cause?
Aug 11, 2011
A talented musician, exceptional fisherman, enthusiastic entomologist, environmentalist and family man will be greatly missed. Our committee member, Stephen Webster, passed away at the weekend.
Jun 22, 2011
"Storm water" discharges into rivers, which includes untreated sewage, kills thousands of fish - this could happen on the Chess.
Jun 18, 2011
As the dry spell continued in May, groundwater levels fell below normal and the source of the Chess moved further downstream.
Jun 17, 2011
This week, the Chesham Society hosted a talk on the plight of Chesham's culvert. David Watts from the Environment Agency spoke about the current condition of the culvert, which runs through Chesham's town centre, and plans for its future.
May 4, 2011
The RCA is holding its spring public meeting at Loudwater Farm on Tuesday 24th May and all are welcome.
Mar 16, 2011
The RCA is supporting the Our Rivers campaign to make rivers a priority for the coalition government.
Mar 16, 2011
The Environment Agency's Water Situation Report for February 2011 shows a decent month for rainfall, but overall the winter period has been drier than average.
Feb 9, 2011
The latest Water Situation Report produced by the Environment Agency shows that January was a good month for water levels in the Chess.
Jan 3, 2011
Illegal crayfish traps have killed water voles on the upper reaches of the Chess. The unauthorised traps were detected in Chesham by the Environment Agency.