Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has written to both the Environment Secretary and the Environment Agency to call for urgent action to save the highly valuable chalk streams as many dry up across Hertfordshire.

The mineral rich streams are extremely rare with only 200 of them in the world and 85% of those are in the UK. They provide valuable recreational fisheries and are a vital haven for wildlife. However, due to several consecutive dry years and the over extraction of water, the streams are in danger of being degraded completely.

MP Shapps has successfully campaigned over a number of years for a reduction in water abstraction from the Fulling Mill pumping station on the River Mimram which as a result has seen a reduction in water extraction of 9 million litres per day from the river. He has, however, called for more action in order to save these culturally and environmentally important streams.

Shapps said, “I’m deeply concerned to see the current state of some of these vital streams. It’s clear much more needs to be done and quickly.

“I’ve therefore taken this up directly – including with highly detailed photographs of the problem – with both the Environment Secretary and the Environment Agency for an urgent update and to find out what measures they are taking to protect them and to restore them to their former glory.

“We’re very lucky to have some fantastic environmental scenery in our local area and this must be saved.”