An exciting major project is currently in operation at the Chess aimed at enhancing the river environment and increasing awareness about threats to water quality.
Called ChessWatch, it’s run by a partnership of the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London, River Chess Association (RCA), Chilterns Chalk Streams Project (CCSP) and Thames Water.
Water quality sensors have been set up along the river to continuously monitor water chemistry and provide data which will help decision-making on future river management plans.
“The river fails to meet a good ecological status because of nutrient enrichment, poor fish health and low flows.” says Kate Heppell, Professor of Physical Geography at Queen Mary University of London, ChessWatch co-ordinator and Chorleywood resident. “We help provide educational material for schools to teach students about the effect poor water quality can have on fish. It will help us understand the River Chess for years to come.”