River Chess Smarter Water Catchment
Our collective vision is that the River Chess catchment is a jewel in the heart of the Chilterns landscape. We want to create a place where people are working together to protect and improve the water environment for everyone. From the headwaters in Chesham to its confluence with the River Colne in Rickmansworth.
About the project
What is a catchment?
A catchment includes both the river and all the land around it, from which the River Chess is formed.
Who are the partners?
At the core of smarter water catchment is a group of professionals who are passionate about water. We love studying it, protecting it and talking about it. We believe that together we can achieve more.
The partnership approach, is a collaboration between Affinity Water, Buckinghamshire Council, Chilterns Conservation Board, Chiltern Society, Environment Agency, Hertfordshire & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Thames Water and The River Chess Association. This mixed group from different sectors, provide a steering group and governance in the direction Smarter Water Catchments will take over the next 10 years.
What can you do to help?
In the UK we are fortunate enough to have access to fresh clean water, literally on tap. No wonder most of us take it for granted, but we need to be smarter. A small change can equal a big impact. The only way we are going to be able to ensure the River Chess is clean and sustainable for future generations is with the involvement of all of us – not only by the participation of farmers, land mangers, government and non-government organisations, but also local businesses and the public too.
- Do you or the business you work for have a smart water meter?
- Do you turn the tap off when you brush your teeth?
- Do you collect rain water to water your garden?
These are all small changes you can make which will improve the amount of water that flows through the river, and therefore improves the quality of life for ecosystems in the Chess. There are lots of opportunities to volunteer your time on and around the Chess. For more information please email email@example.com. Collective action can help protect and enhance the catchment that we value.
The photo illustrates the area that will be fenced. The fenced off margin will be generous, in places up to 20m wide with 5 gated access points. This will allow footpaths to be mown and for access and maintenance equipment. The wildlife corridor will become an important feature of the charity work carried out by Restore Hope for underprivileged families, providing a close contact with nature in a stunning surrounding.
At the end of February, we held an online workshop to inform stakeholders and enhance the level of interest and engagement within the local community. This workshop was well received; Tom Beeston, Chief Officer at the Chilterns Society, said “how delighted he was to be involved in a partnership which will make a real difference to the River Chess” He reiterated the call out for others to get involved, be that personally using less water, becoming a volunteer, or even starting up a project to help save water in the Chess Catchment.