Joint Ventures
Mountain-Prairie Region

Playa Lakes Joint Venture

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The PLAYA LAKES JOINT VENTURE  (PLJV) takes in more than 60,000 wetlands known as "playas" across the southern High Plains of the U.S.  Most of these 10 to 100 acre shallow, circular basins are found in eastern Colorado and New Mexico, western Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. 

Depending on the season, these basins can be concave discs of clay or shimmering pools of water, providing habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, cranes and other migratory birds.  Most playas are privately owned and landowner participation in the joint venture is crucial to protecting the playas.

Last update: February 5, 2010