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Playa Lakes Joint Venture and the City of Clovis, NM, Form Nontraditional Partnership to Support Municipal Water and Provide Bird Habitat

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Playa
Lakes Joint Venture
(PLJV) and the City of Clovis, New Mexico, are
developing a conservation model to support municipal water while
providing habitat for migratory birds—a
model that could help other towns dependent on the Ogallala Aquifer
.
A diverse group of organizations and individuals in Curry County are
proactively addressing a declining municipal water supply by restoring
their part of the aquifer through playa
restoration and protection
, reduced use of irrigation-based
agriculture, and better surface water management.

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More than 80,000 playas overlay the Ogallala Aquifer. Playas are a primary source of groundwater rec ...

More than 80,000 playas overlay the Ogallala Aquifer. Playas are a primary source of groundwater recharge and provide important wetland habitat for migratory and resident birds. (Graphic: Business Wire)

"Playas play an important role in aquifer recharge, and the
City's partnership with PLJV
will greatly assist with our water
conservation efforts as we implement the City's water
assurance plan
," stated Clovis Mayor David Lansford. "I am excited
the City is partnering with PLJV to encourage playa restoration and
education regarding the importance of playas in our area."

Playas
are shallow depressions with clay basins that collect and hold water
from rainfall and runoff, creating temporary lakes. They are a primary
source of groundwater recharge
and can be an important part of a
sustainable approach to securing water for communities in the western
Great Plains.

"Having grown up in the southern High Plains, about 115 miles from
Clovis, I understand the importance of the Ogallala Aquifer to
communities—for drinking water, for industry, and for agriculture," said
PLJV Board Chairman Dan Snodgrass. "PLJV is proud to collaborate with
Clovis and looks forward to a long, successful partnership."

The partnership
launched in April 2017
with discussions on how to prioritize
restoration activities to meet the partners' goals of managing playas
for recharge, wildlife habitat, and stormwater management. In December
2017, Clovis adopted a water assurance plan that includes recapturing
surface water for aquifer recharge and increasing the recharge potential
of its owned playas near current or future water supplies by removing
the accumulated sediment.

PLJV is interested in talking with other communities about how this
model can help them provide a sustainable water future by restoring
playas. Within the Joint
Venture's six-state region
(Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, and Texas), there are nearly 150 towns, similar to Clovis,
that are experiencing declining availability of groundwater and have
playas surrounding the community.

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