A water observatory for the River Chess
The River Chess is a chalk stream within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is under pressure despite the efforts of local groups to improve river habitat. The River fails to meet ‘good ecological status’ due to a combination of nutrient enrichment, poor health of its fish populations and low flows. The River Chess Association (RCA) and Chilterns Chalk Streams Project (CCSP) work together to enhance the river environment, educating stakeholders about river management. They have partnered with Thames Water on the ‘Smarter Water Catchments’ initiative which aims to develop collaborative plans for management of the River Chess environment from 2020.
ChessWatch is a partnership between School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, River Chess Association (RCA), Chilterns Chalk Streams Project (CCSP) and Thames Water.