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HS2 and Chalk Streams, out of sight out of mind
March 10 @ 19:00 - 20:30
A Chalk Aquifer Alliance event hosted by Bury Water Meadows Group
Chairman of the River Chess Association, Paul Jennings, and geologist Dr Haydon Bailey discuss the geology of the Chalk of the Chilterns and the impact of HS2.
According to the Chilterns Conservation Board, HS2 will cause irrevocable damage to the natural beauty and tranquillity of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Not only, the Board claims, will HS2 destroy wildlife, habitats and ancient woodlands, it will place unprecedented demand on our fragile chalk aquifer, with potentially devastating impacts on Chilterns’ chalk streams – a globally rare habitat that is home to some of our most threatened animals and plants and the source of drinking water for almost one million people. Additionally, the rich archaeological legacy of this protected landscape, including fragile prehistoric earthworks, will be lost to future generations.
Photo: a bloom of chalk particles in Shardeloes Lake following Ground Investigation Works by HS2 near the river Misbourne (Chiltern Society)
Free, all welcome. Register in advance here.