Short documentary about the inspection of levees and peat-dikes in The Netherlands – recorded in the spring of 2011 during the abnormally dry spring conditions. Filmed at three different locations and three different water authorities fighting the effects of dry weather on so called boezem-systems: these are waterways above the surrounding land enclosed by boezem-dikes. These systems are especially vulnerable to drought which can lead to flooding of an area if a dike fails.
STOWA (Dutch acronym for the Foundation for Applied Water Research) was founded in 1971. The foundation coordinates and commissions research on behalf of a large number of local water administrations. The bodies which contribute to the STOWA are the 26 water boards, the provinces and the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management.