New Mexico Playa Restoration Work Continues to Expand

Photo: Playa restoration on Stevens’ playa (Dru Stevens) The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) and PLJV are developing an overarching playa conservation strategy in eastern New Mexico that builds on many years of education and outreach efforts in Curry and Roosevelt counties. This strategy has already resulted in a large number of […]

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Playa Conservation Takes a Big Step Forward in Texas

Since 2015, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and other partners have been working with producers and landowners to restore playas in the Texas panhandle through the Texas Playa Conservation Initiative. To date, 65 restoration projects have been completed, with a total of 2,747 playa and saline lake acres restored. Just in 2021 alone, 663 […]

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Playa Study Looks at Recharge Rates in Farmed Playas

Photo: A playa instrumented station on Ehmke’s playa in Lane County, Kansas. (Bill Johnson) A new study led by the Kansas Geological Survey will help to improve our understanding of how farming playas affects recharge rates and inform best practices for playa management. “We’re hoping to get a better understanding of how our different land […]

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Discover Magazine Features the Importance of Playas

Over the past few years, there has been a growing awareness of playas and their role in recharging the Ogallala Aquifer, including published articles. The May 2021 issue of Discover Magazine included an article, These Wetlands Feed The Largest Aquifer In The U.S. What Happens If We Lose Them?, which highlights the importance of playas […]

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Two Kansas Projects Support Local Water Sustainability

A key aspect to successful conservation delivery is listening to the needs of partners and shaping strategy around those conversations. Two recently funded projects to address declining aquifer levels in Kansas are based on this kind of collaboration. This past year, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced it is investing $1.4 million in a […]

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Texas — the “home” of playas

With about 23,000 playas in the Southern High Plains of Texas, the state is undoubtedly an important place for playa restoration and conservation. But, despite their abundance and ability to support aquifer recharge, they often go unnoticed or underappreciated. As a solution to this, a number of conservation organizations came together in 2015 to form […]

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Three NAWCA grants awarded to projects in PLJV region

Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded three standard NAWCA grants for projects located in the PLJV region: Kansas Prairie Wetlands VI in Kansas, North Platte River Wetlands III in Nebraska, and Platte River Wetlands Partnership V in Colorado. The projects will restore, enhance and protect riparian habitat as well as playa wetlands. Kansas Prairie Wetlands VI […]

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Making NAWCA grants personal

In 2013, Matt Hough wrote his first North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant proposal while working as an intern at Ducks Unlimited (DU) in Nebraska. Now, seven years later, as manager of conservation programs for Kansas at DU, writing NAWCA grants is an integral part of his everyday work. Projects that Hough and the […]

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How one wind developer avoided playas in Texas

The Texas panhandle provides valuable resources for developing wind energy and, simultaneously, hosts thousands of playas, an important wetland habitat for migratory birds. When working on creating wind energy farms in this area, considering these valuable habitats is an important step in the development process, but avoiding playas can be difficult in places like Texas […]

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NRCS Awards $1.4 Million to Support Local Water Sustainability Project

A new enterprise to address declining aquifer levels will soon be available in Wichita and Greeley counties. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing $1.4 million in a partner-driven Groundwater Recharge and Sustainability Project (GRASP) to support local communities through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The project has an additional $1.5 million in […]

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