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 >>

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!

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

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 >>

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