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 vested in helping to make sure producers, local communities, birds and other wildlife all prosper and thrive in this landscape. Read More >>

PLJV Partnership's Goal

32,611 Healthy Playas ? Our Goal Of the 71,850 playas in our region, at least 32,611 healthy playas are needed to provide wetland habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife and to provide groundwater recharge. Healthy playas also filter and clean the water going through them into the Ogallala Aquifer. ?


Playas ? Healthy Healthy playas have hydrologically intact basins, little to no accumulated sediment, and a native grass buffer that traps sediment while allowing water to reach the playa. ?


Playas ? Need to Restore The PLJV partnership needs to restore this many playas to reach the goal. Restoration may include filling pits or ditches, removing accumulated sediment, and planting native grass buffers. ?

Need to Restore


in 2017

Playas ? Improved Functionality Each year, we measure progress towards the goal by counting the number of playas the PLJV partnership has restored. This does not necessarily include playas that have been restored by landowners of their own accord, but we’d like to include them, so please share your story. ?

Improved Functionality

Playas ? Reduced Functionality Each year, we measure the number of playas whose functionality has been reduced because of a number of impacts including loss of grassland buffers, energy development, and sediment build-up. These reductions impact the ability of the partnership to meet the overall goal. ?

Reduced Functionality

Playas ? Potential to be Restored The PLJV partnership is working to restore playas through a variety of programs and initiatives. This is an estimate of the playas that will be restored over the next three years. ?

Potential to be Restored

Playas ? Potential to be Impacted Unless proactive measures are taken, the number of playas with reduced functionality will continue to increase. This is an estimate of playas that may be impacted from sediment build-up and energy development activities over the next three years. ?

Potential to be Impacted

in 3 Years

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Need Help on a NAWCA Small Grant Proposal?

For those interested in submitting an application for the NAWCA Small Grants Program, PLJV can help. We can help conceptualize the project, suggest additional partners, review the proposal, and provide the necessary bird conservation information including the project value for birds.

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