Chalk Rivers, The State of Englands Chalk Rivers

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  • Summary - Summary report on the condition of chalk rivers. It also sets out what steps we must take to protect and enhance them for the future. (1.4 MB)
  • Introduction - Why are chalk rivers are so important to us, and why are they under threat? This document sets out the case. (571 KB)
  • An agenda for action - This agenda sets out how the Environment Agency will improve the quality of England's chalk rivers. (248 KB)
  • The character of chalk rivers - Fed by natural springs from a chalk aquifer, the crystal clear water and constant temperature of chalk rivers gives them a very particular character. (282 KB)
  • Land use and river habitats - The way we use land around chalk rivers can have a dramatic effect on both water and habitat quality. This section shows how land development can harm chalk rivers, and actions we can take to rehabilitate them. (953 KB)
  • River flows - Chalk rivers are dependant on autumn and winter rainfall to recharge the springs that feed them. When we use much of this water ourselves, many rivers are left dry for longer. (399 KB)
  • Water quality - A good quality chalk river needs very low levels of fine water particles. This inhibits algae growth and promotes the rivers' characteristic flora and fauna. Find out how we are reducing the threats facing this. (858 KB)
  • Wildlife - While chalk rivers support a diverse range of species, they are particularly important to those that only live in 'hard' chalk waters. Numbers of water water-crowfoot and mayflys, for example, show a marked decrease. (687 KB)
  • Local action - As well as legislation and national management programmes, it is essential we engage local communities in protecting and enhancing their chalk rivers. (147 KB)


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