The Chilterns Chalk Stream Project is a co-host of the two catchment partnerships. These are groups which bring together NGO’s, community groups, government agencies, local authorities and water companies that have an interest in managing local rivers. They aim to ensure management is collaborative and planned on a catchment scale. https://catchmentbasedapproach.org/
From internationally rare chalk rivers in its rural headwaters to the gravel pits and reservoirs in the Colne Valley Regional Park, the Colne catchment is a truly special place, possessing a rich and diverse range of waters. The Colne Catchment Action Network (ColneCAN) ties together the work of the Colne Valley Regional Park and the Chilterns Chalk Stream Project with the wider catchment. For more information on the work of this catchment partnership see http://www.colnecan.org.uk/
The South Chilterns Catchment covers the section of the River Thames from Shillingford (north of Wallingford) to the edge of Reading, along with its tributaries. The catchment includes parts of both the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the North Wessex Downs (AONB). The South Chilterns Catchment Partnership is co-hosted by Thames 21 (covering the River Thames), Chilterns Chalk Stream Project (covering tributaries to the east of the Thames), and Action for the River Kennet (ARK) (tributaries to the west of the Thames). For more information see the South Chilterns Catchment Partnership storymap.
The River Chess is one of six rivers chosen by Thames Water to pilot their new Smarter Water Catchment initiative. This ground-breaking initiative brings together key organisations and community groups to address issues on a catchment scale and aims to restore one of the Chilterns’ finest chalk streams to health. The Chilterns Chalk Streams project is a key partner in this initiative.