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 >>

Need Help on a NAWCA Small Grant Proposal?


For those interested in submitting an application for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) Small Grants Program, due November 5, PLJV can help provide feedback on the overall proposed project, suggest potential additional partners, identify priority birds, and provide assistance in preparing the application. PLJV reviews and ranks all proposed NAWCA projects within its boundaries, so if you are planning on submitting a proposal, please notify PLJV as soon as you are able. For assistance with the application, send us a copy of your draft no later than October 15. We advise applicants to allow extra time in the process to sign up with grants.gov and ensure the proposal is properly submitted. For more information, contact Christopher Rustay at 505-243-0737 and download PLJV’s NAWCA Small Grant Checklist.

Your Amazon Purchases Can Support Bird Conservation


Now, with every Amazon purchase, you can help support bird habitat conservation in the western Great Plains. Go to smile.amazon.com and choose Playa Lakes Joint Venture. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to PLJV — with no extra cost to you. That may seem like a small amount, but when added together those donations can help fund habitat restoration projects via PLJV grants. At AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to PLJV. Bookmark smile.amazon.com and start shopping today!

Download Recharge Publications

Playas and the Ogallala Aquifer fact sheet

Looking for information about playas and aquifer recharge? The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with 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 of key findings or PLJV’s Playas and Aquifer Recharge fact sheet, a more reader-friendly explanation of how playas recharge the Ogallala Aquifer.

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 >>

Management Board Partners

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