Newts are endangered here too. I don't know if you are too far from the nearest natural body of water though. If I remember correctly both newts and toads spend a large part of their life on land and use puddles as well as ponds. So don't give up yet I totally agree on the allure of water though. Whenever in meditation or whatever I have to imagine a safe place it's always a pond in a forest. Somehow that's what 'home' is to me.