“Chalk Streams First” coalition puts forward proposals to cease or reduce abstraction from the Colne and Lea chalk streams
A coalition of conservation and river organisations is working to tackle a major threat to our chalk streams in the Chilterns: groundwater abstraction for our water supply.
Chalk Streams First proposes a reduction in groundwater abstraction that would enable a flow recovery of approximately 80% in the Chiltern chalk streams. A planned pipeline scheme, “Supply 2040”, which already forms part of Affinity Water’s long term plans, could move the water from the lower Thames to homes and businesses in the Chilterns formerly supplied by the chalk aquifer. The proposal would effectively restore chalk streams flows and improve their resilience to climate change, protecting the delicate ecology of the streams, whilst ensuring the resilience of public water supply.
A chalk stream, far-reaching valley views, a tucked-away Manor House and the mewing of red kites for company on this circular Chess Valley walk.
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