News Archive 2019

Otters and Fisheries

Dec 15, 2019

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

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

Affinity Water and HS2

Oct 10, 2019

Affinity Water have made an application to allow an increase in abstraction near Watford - to cover the possibility of HS2 damaging the aquifer by tunneling.

Sewage Release Into The River

Oct 2, 2019

Following heavy rain, Thames Water's Chesham Sewage Treatment Works discharged sewage into the river on the 24th September.

HS2 - Have Your Say

Sep 19, 2019

With HS2 under review, please contact your MP if you have concerns about this project and its impact on our local rivers.

The Chess in Crisis

Jul 18, 2019

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.

ChessWatch: A River Observatory

Jun 19, 2019

We are part of a new project to make data available to the public on the impacts of pollution on the River Chess.

Water Restrictions Needed Now

Jun 7, 2019

River groups call for water restrictions now as drought conditions threaten southern chalk streams.

New Reservoir To Take Pressure Off Chalk Streams

Mar 7, 2019

Thames Water and Affinity Water are planning to work together on a new reservoir project to reduce our dependence on groundwater supplies.

A Winter's Day On The Chess

Feb 4, 2019

Flow monitoring on the upper and lower Chess reveals the good, the bad and the beautiful.