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SAVE OUR STREAMS: TV personality steps up as part of campaign to protect River Chess

 Published on: 1st June 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

The campaign to protect the River Chess continues as former Bake Off front woman Sandi Toksvig stepped up to raise awareness.

As part of a world first Sandi headlined a comedy gig whilst standing in the River Chess in the grounds of Chorleywood House.

The gig, called ‘Stand-up for Our Streams’, was part of Affinity Water’s SOS: Save Our Streams campaign, which aims to address water-wastage and protect precious chalk streams.

This campaign has been of particular interest to Croxley residents who have previously expressed concern about the dumping of raw sewage and its detrimental impact on the river.

Keen environmentalist Sandi said: Sandi: “I am a firm believer that the protection of our environment is a shared responsibility. Having previously lived in a house boat, our waterways have a special place in my heart and I am proud to be helping to raise awareness and understanding of the simple steps we can all take to save these beautiful areas.

“What better way to do it than through entertainment and humour; let’s all ‘stand up for our streams’ and play a part in the protection of these national treasures.”

Cllr Phil Williams, Three Rivers District Council’s lead member for environmental services, climate change and sustainability, who attended the gig, said it was great to see Affinity Water acting to reduce water usage.

He said: “I think I speak for all our residents when I say how pleased I was to hear that Affinity are reducing their abstraction of water from the aquifers that feed the River Chess. The river is already reaping the benefits and is showing more water flow in its headwaters. We need to keep applying pressure on Thames Water to stop discharging sewage effluent into rivers.”

Photo credit: Sam Roberts

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