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04 December 18

Hertfordshire and North London Chalk conference discusses sustainable water resources


The River Gade in Hertfordshire following restoration work as part of The Revitalising Chalk Rivers initiative.


Over 122 delegates from Affinity Water, the Environment Agency, British Geological Survey, river and environmental groups, universities and other technical specialists came together at Hatfield House for the Hertfordshire and North London Chalk Conference in late November.


The conference aimed at sharing the latest science of groundwater in the chalk aquifer in Hertfordshire and North London and to promote discussion on how different organisations can work together for a sustainable future.


Nigel Hoad from the Environment Agency spoke about the management of water resources in the South East, focusing on the important role played by the local Environment Agency hydrogeologists in water resource management. This was followed by Andy Farrant from the British Geological Survey who presented updates which had been made to the geological mapping and 3D geological modelling of the Gade, Ver, Chess and Misbourne catchments.


Daniel Yarker, Senior Asset Scientist and Ilias Karapanos, Asset Specialist, from Affinity Water shared the initial response in groundwater levels and river flows from sustainability reductions in Rivers Ver, Mimram and Beane catchments.


In addition to this, further presentations were given, generating discussion and debate on the regions natural resources.


In the afternoon, technical experts from Affinity Water, the Environment Agency, Stantec and Newcastle University joined delegates from the River Chess Association and Amwell Magna Fishery to form a panel discussion on groundwater supplies from the chalk aquifer and how organisations can collaborate for a sustainable future.


David Watts, Programme Delivery Manager from Affinity Water said: “Today was an excellent opportunity to share some of the technical work that we have been undertaking and hear updates from the British Geological Survey, the Environment Agency, Groundwater Science as well as others. I hope that the discussion and learning from today is used as a foundation on which to continue to build positive relationships and work collaboratively with our stakeholders to manage the Chalk aquifers sustainably.”


Lucia Susani, Environment and Business Manager from The Environment Agency said: “I’m very pleased that in Hertfordshire we’re able to work with water companies and catchment partnerships to improve the health and amenity value of our six chalk streams. This conference is a great opportunity to strengthen our work, benefiting our chalk streams and the ecosystems they support.”

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