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  • A set for the “Game of Thrones” series on HBO is flanked by the Upper Bann River in the County Down region of Northern Ireland. The health of the Upper Bann has significantly improved because of agricultural stewardship practices in the last few decades.
    Chris Barry
    A set for the “Game of Thrones” series on HBO is flanked by the Upper Bann River in the County Down region of Northern Ireland. The health of the Upper Bann has significantly improved because of agricultural stewardship practices in the last few decades.
  • A small pipe discharges water from fields into streams, carrying with it the legacy of agricultural activities—manure, fertilizer and silage nutrients. Decades of reform have improved the quality of runoff reaching streams.
    Chris Barry
    A small pipe discharges water from fields into streams, carrying with it the legacy of agricultural activities—manure, fertilizer and silage nutrients. Decades of reform have improved the quality of runoff reaching streams.
  • Silage, or grass forage used for feeding livestock, is helpful for getting cows and sheep through the winter and reducing outlays on livestock cereal feeds. However, its high moisture content can leak into streams and destroy aquatic life if it isn’t harvested and stored properly.
    Debbie A. McConnell
    Silage, or grass forage used for feeding livestock, is helpful for getting cows and sheep through the winter and reducing outlays on livestock cereal feeds. However, its high moisture content can leak into streams and destroy aquatic life if it isn’t harvested and stored properly.
  • 1.	Streams meander downstream from livestock farms in County Down. The streams feed into the Upper Bann River and are recovering from years of pollution from farming activities.
    Chris Barry
    1. Streams meander downstream from livestock farms in County Down. The streams feed into the Upper Bann River and are recovering from years of pollution from farming activities.




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