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Because our house is surrounded by a moat, it is essential for its stability that a suitable water level be maintained. When the freeway was built, local streams were redirected and ever since the nearby land has been used for intensive famring, the groundwater level has sunk. These developmnets necessitated that we begin pumping water into the moat so as to maintain the necessary water levels. Unfortunately, no environmentally preferable option has been found to counter these major environmental changes. In 2013 we began securing the banks of the moat by means of logs which have in them the seeds of chosen plants with particularly strong roots. These are able to conteract the erosion of the banks and, at the same time, improve the quality of the water.