21st October 2020
Charles Rangeley-Wilson: Chalk Streams First

A new idea called Chalk-Streams First has, our speaker claims, the potential to completely re-naturalise the flows in all of the Chilterns chalk-streams with potentially only a small net loss to overall public water supply. It is a scheme that could be delivered in the near future using as its basis infrastructure that is already planned for and costed in the water company management plans.
Chalk-Streams First is supported by a coalition of The Rivers TrustThe Angling TrustWWF UKSalmon & Trout Conservation and The Wild Trout Trust and they are calling for the idea to be included in OFWAT’s multi-million pound strategic review of water resources across the south east.
Thus far the proposal has been independently reviewed by expert hydrological engineer Colin Fenn whose key conclusion was …
“ … that the draft Chalk-Streams First proposition, as put, identifies a feasible and a viable solution to the problem of chronic flow depletion in the internationally-rare and precious chalk-streams of the Chiltern Hills; it being to allow flows in the upstream chalk-streams of the Chilterns to run unreduced by abstraction, with water being taken from the correspondingly enhanced flows in the downstream Colne and Lee, and as needs may be from a range of other less-environmentally fragile sources to meet the needs of demand centres in the Chilterns, using Affinity Water’s already planned ‘Supply 2040 scheme.”

Charles Rangeley-Wilson is a writer, conservationist and river restorationist. His most recent book Silver Shoals is about the natural and unnatural histories of five species of fish that have shaped British history.  Before that Silt Road was a story of the English landscape told through the history of a lost suburban river. The two before that, Somewhere Else and The Accidental Angler were anthologies of fishing and travel stories, as much about place and people as fish and fishing.
He is passionate about conservation with a particular interest in the history, restoration and preservation of chalk-streams.  He’s an Associate Advisor to WWF UK and  vice-president of the Wild Trout Trust and an Ambassador for the Angling Trust.
All welcome to this free webinar. Register in advance here and joining details will be sent to you.
4th November 2020
Robin Price: Safeguarding a sustainable supply
of water for the East of England

Water Resources East is one of five Regional Planning Groups operating as part of a National Framework for  ​Water Resources.  Eastern England faces a number of significant risks to its future water supply, which could have a catastrophic impact on the area’s communities, economy, and environment if left unchecked.
WRE is working in partnership with organisations across Eastern England to safeguard a sustainable supply of water for the region.  It is developing a long term multi-sector plan to increase resilience to future challenges around water scarcity and flood risk and to enable the region to define and deliver its environmental ambition.
WRE’s Managing Director, Dr Robin Price will set out its strategy and approach.
All welcome. Click here to register in advance, and joining instructions will be sent to you.
Mike Jones: Exploring managed aquifer recharge
November 18 @ 19:00 – 20:00

The talk will address these questions:
What is managed aquifer recharge? How can it be used?
Where is it used in the UK? Why is it used more extensively in other countries?
Is there potential for integration with natural & engineered flood management?
Who are the stakeholders in understanding its benefits & applications?
When will its use increase in the UK?

Dr Mike Jones is a hydrogeologist with over 30 years’ experience spanning groundwater resources, hydrogeology & geology in the water industry, consultancy and research. At Thames Water he has directed major groundwater resource schemes from feasibility assessment of future options through to development, licensing & operation, to support public water supply during drought and future supply in an uncertain climate. He also provides technical direction on the impact assessment of groundwater abstraction on water-dependent environment to support abstraction sustainability, as well as the risk-based impact assessment of infrastructure development on groundwater abstraction.
Mike’s work has included the exploration, development & operation of managed aquifer recharge schemes, which can be important contributors to water supply resilience to climate change. In recent years, his role has widened to include water resource systems and water treatment works modelling to support operational and asset investment decision-making.
All welcome. To register, click here and joining instructions will be sent to you.
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