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UNDER THREAT: HS2 rail tunnel a risk to rare chalk streams in The Chalfonts

 Published on: 27th October 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Rare chalk streams in the Chiltern Hills are under threat due to the tunnel work being carried out by HS2. 

Concerned residents have voiced concerns that drilling and tunnelling through the aquifers for the HS2 emergency exit tunnel are affecting nearby lakes and streams. 

Last month ChalfontNews reported that the River Misbourne, that runs through The Chalfonts, was drying up (pictured above) as hundreds of fish and shrimp were left dead on the riverbed due to the lack of rain in the summer. 

Local group, the Chiltern Society met with industry leaders at its AGM earlier this month to talk about its campaign #ChalkStreamsInCrisis. 

The Environment Agency, Ofwat, Affinity Water and Thames Water joined members from the Chilterns Chalk Stream Project and the Chiltern Conservation Board to answers questions from its members. 

Chiltern Society chairman, Simon Kearey, said: “We are pleased they have all committed to work with even more gusto to help solve the crisis and they all agreed to act with immediate urgency, as not to be the individuals responsible for the extinction of Chiltern Chalk Streams.”

Simon also said he will take the matter to the House of Lords in the hope it will soon have significant support there too.

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Picture courtesy of John Waxman

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