A Shared Future for Wildlife and People

The mission of Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) is to conserve the playas, prairies and landscapes of the western Great Plains — including portions of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas — through partnerships for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. The partnership works to restore playas to support the sustainability of the Ogallala Aquifer and the communities, agricultural producers and wildlife that depend on its water; restore wetland and grassland habitat to increase waterfowl and game bird populations that support hunting, birding and other recreational activities; and make our wildlife goals consistent with societal goals of clean and abundant water. We are deeply invested in helping to make sure producers and local communities remain on the landscape, along with birds and other wildlife. Read More >>

Help Conserve Playas—In 15 Minutes or Less

Playa Modifications Assessment

We need your help to evaluate the ecological condition of the thousands of playas that dot the western Great Plains. All you need is a few minutes and an internet connection. Over time, many playas have been modified through activities such as excavation, farming, or road development. That’s where you come in. Since the Playa Modifications Assessment was launched in November 2014, we’ve received over 38,000 classifications, which puts us at about 20% of our goal. We need your help to quickly evaluate thousands of satellite photos, determine whether individual playas have been modified and select the type of modification, if any. Start Playa Modifications Assessment >>

Download Recharge Publications

Playas and the Ogallala Aquifer fact sheet

If your organization is doing outreach on playa conservation or talking about aquifer recharge to farmers, ranchers, irrigators, and other stakeholders in the western Great Plains, PLJV can help by supplying print-ready educational materials. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the PLJV, conducted a review and synthesis of more than 175 publications about recharge rates and chemistry beneath playas and interplaya settings. Download the Recharge Rates and Chemistry Beneath Playas executive summary, which includes the abstract, introduction, and summary of major findings. For a more reader-friendly explanation of how playas recharge the Ogallala Aquifer, download PLJV’s Playas and Aquifer Recharge fact sheet.

2014 PLJV Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

PLJV released its first Annual Report which highlights accomplishments from 2014 — including the long-running ConocoPhillips grant program, Playa Country radio and the Playa Decision Support System — and outlines some future priorities such as landscape design. The Joint Venture had key successes in supporting the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Ogallala Aquifer Initiative and communicating the findings from 13 landowner focus groups throughout all six states. Download Report >>

Tools to Prioritize Playas


PLJV has developed a Playa Decision Support System (DSS), with tools for Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. These tools provide information to help conservation partners make decisions about where to focus their playa restoration efforts and guidance to developers on which are the most important playas to avoid when siting wind farms and other development. Users can download spatially explicit data, maps, and written guidance. Read More >>

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