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    Posted: 28 July 2011 at 11:46pm
Misbourne River Action will be doing our thing this Sunday -

Can you help give our river a boost?

Given the overall lack of rain in the past three years, it is amazing that we have had continuous flow since the winter until this week all the way to Chalfont St Peter. There has been no river at all this year from the source at Mobwell through Great Missenden and down to near Little Missenden. The ground water levels – currently 5m below river bed level at Chalfont St Giles are typically 2 m below last years levels.

In the last couple of weeks though, it is clearly slackening and, if we are to have any chance of maintaining it through to the autumn some urgent maintenance is required. Basically, this comprises raking aside the fools cress and other weed that is choking various sections between Mill Lane at Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter and clearing branches and other debris obstructing the flow.

We know from experience that a few people on a section can make a significant impact surprisingly quickly. We generally start work about 09.30 a.m. but anything goes. You must expect to get wet and muddy and are advised to bring good Wellington boots and old clothes. We have work gloves, Hi-vis, collecting bags and some tools but you may prefer to bring your own heavy duty waterproof gloves, maybe a garden rake and, if you have one, a bill hook.

If you can join us, this Sunday, even if just for an hour, we would love to see you but please don’t just turn up! Contact us, preferably by e-mail, for further details – so that gangs and sections can be planned and work prioritised.

While our main focus is on maintaining flow activities, our other activities include presentations to local associations, schools and clubs, working with the Chiltern Society to monitor flora and fauna, and development of our website .   Here the facts and figures section has papers on local geology, the potential impact of HS2 and historical data as well as recent flow and borehole dip readings.

Bob Older
Tel: 01753 885131
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