The River Chess Association (RCA) is asking people to spare a few moments to support a national river campaign. Support the Our Rivers campaign to make rivers a priority for the coalition government. The Our Rivers campaign is led by WWF-UK, RSPB, the Angling Trust and the Salmon and Trout Association, and it campaigns for positive planning for the future of the UK’s rivers.
The government will publish its White Paper on Water this summer. White Papers lay out policy or proposed action, on a specific concern and Our Rivers is calling for the government to make two key commitments in this paper to protect rivers: (1) Set out a clear timetable to restore the flow of rivers and end unsustainable levels of abstraction; and (2) Reduce the impact of agricultural diffuse pollution on rivers and wetlands. (Diffuse pollution describes nutrients, pesticides and other chemicals from land; most comes from agriculture, although runoff from roads, houses, car parks and other hard surfaces can have impact.)
Chesham’s own River Chess is categorized as over-abstracted and suffers from low flows; its upper reaches in Chesham are drying up with increasing frequency and this has detrimental impacts on the river environment. You can read more about this on the RCA web site www.riverchessassociation.org. Improving the flows in the Chess will be of major benefit to the river and its wildlife.
Our Rivers is asking for people to write to the minister responsible for water Richard Benyon, to ask him to safeguard our rivers for the future. Please let him know that rivers like the Chess need greater protection. To find out how to contact the Minister, view a template letter, and to read more about the campaign, visit www.ourrivers.org.uk.