What does it mean to be downstream? How does that affect drinking water?
Being downstream means any agricultural run-off, will eventually make its way to ones waterway. Being downstream can effect both the ecological environment of a waterway, and the quality of drinking water. Due to regulations, which vary by state and region, farmers and ranchers are doing what they can to have as little effect on downstream water as possible.
In 2012, the USDA created the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) to manage water runoff and the effects farming will have on local waterways. Many farmers and ranchers across the country are voluntarily complying with the NWQI so they can do their part to have little effect on downstream waterways and drinking water.