The good news is I have been spreading word about cousin Brad Lancaster’s rainwater harvesting work and have an appointment next week at the mairie to talk to the person in charge of sustainability.  I want to propose planting projects to provide shade and retain moisture in the soil.   Links : https://www.harvestingrainwater.com  TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2xDZlpInik (Planting the rain) and https://rainwaterrunoff.com/brad-lancaster/