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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>