Stewards of the Land
A steward is a person in charge of managing something and given the responsibility to protect it. Farmers are often called “stewards of the land” because of the close connection they have with the land they farm.
Protecting water sources are in important aspect of many environmental farm plans. For crop farmers this may involve planting buffer zones (strips of water between fields and water) to catch run-off water from fields so that nutrients don’t end up in waterways.
For cattle producers, this might involve putting fences around streams or ponds to keep livestock and livestock waste out of the water. The water is pumped to a drinking trough so livestock can still access water without going directly into it!