Playas Recharge the Aquifer

Playas not only supply surface water to recharge the Great Plains aquifers, the results of contemporary research indicate those ephemeral wetlands are the primary source of recharge. Recharge rates under playas are 10 to 100 times greater than surrounding uplands. Because playas offer a clear path to recharge the dwindling water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer, it’s important that playas be healthy for the recharge mechanism to work.

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