A new report from Texas A&M University researchers, published in the Texas Water Journal, has found that providing cattle with "alternative off-stream watering facilities" could prove helpful in reducing contamination of surface waters. Livestock are a significant source of the fecal bacteria that constitute the leading cause of water contamination in the state.
Editor's note: This post has been corrected to show that the study dealt with research on alternative off-stream water, not whether cattle contaminated water.
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