A lock-down message spelt out in pebbles on the bed of a chalk stream resonates far beyond its original meaning and audience.
A long-standing fight to improve legal protection of chalk streams has recently gained momentum, after many years of hard work by some dedicated people. It started many years ago but most recently we have seen:
However, the pledge to cut abstraction does not cover all chalk streams and their future is far from secure. One only has to look at what’s happening with HS2 boring through the Chilterns chalk aquifer to realise that – see this ENDS article and this comment from the Chalk Aquifer Alliance.
One thing we can all do to help protect the water supply in the aquifer is to use less water in our daily routines. The Chiltern Chalk Stream project has some great suggestions about how to save water here: https://www.chilternsaonb.org/chalk-streams/save-water.html
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