ChessWatch: A Water Observatory for the River Chess

Swans on the River Chess

As part of the new ChessWatch project, four water quality sensors have recently been placed in the River Chess to take recordings every 30 minutes of water quality indicators including pH, dissolved oxygen and turbidity. The data will be used by local organisations, including the River Chess Association and the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project to help them to understand the threats to the animals and plants in the river that are caused by human activities in the surrounding area. It will also be used by students at Queen Mary University of London who are researching water quality issues in the Chess as part of their studies. The data will also be made available for school A-Level projects, STEM clubs and other educational projects. 

ChessWatch aims to increase awareness of the threats to good water quality in the Chess and is taking part in a number of events along the river, with the aim of talking to as many people as possible. ChessWatch is having a stall at the Schools of Chesham Carnival on the 8th June in Lowndes Park. There will an aquarium containing examples of the life to be found in the river, and a map for local people to explain and show what they value about the river and what they are worried about. 

ChessWatch is a partnership between the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London, the River Chess Association, the Chilterns Chalk Streams Project and Thames Water

For more information, visit the ChessWatch web site

Published: 30 May 2019