Ensuring the Future Through Education

It’s all about educating people about the care and preservation of the Ogallala Aquifer. Science now understands that the more than 75,000 playa lakes on the High Plains recharge the aquifer. So maintaining playas is vital. Federal farm policy helps achieve that. Money to cost-share conservation projects is available from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Money also is available to take wetlands, such as playas, out of production.

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Playa Restoration on Grissom Ranch

Southeast Colorado rancher Grady Grissom received help to restore one of his playas, which had been pitted. After the pit was filled and a perimeter of native grass seeded, playa vegetation returned — and so did the birds.

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