Playa Festival educates

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico has more playas than anywhere in the world. That’s what area fifth-graders are learning as part of the Playa Festivals, which have been held from September to October for the last two years. They are also learning that the playas, desert basins that fill with rain water or spring water [...]

Conservationist discusses playa lakes

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer Playa lakes, while a difficulty in farming, help recharge the aquifer under Roosevelt County and provide important habitat for wildlife, according to a professional conservationist. Joe Whitehead, an area resource conservationist with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service in Clovis, spoke about playa lakes, depressions that catch water when [...]

Official: Playa lakes’ importance not understood

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Many people do not understand the importance of the playa lakes, according to Tish McDaniel, Southern Shortgrass Prairie coordinator with The Nature Conservancy. An integral part of the High Plains, playa lakes are the main source for recharging the Ogallala Aquifer, she said. McDaniel has been working with landowners, [...]

Conservationists believe Ogallala Aquifer recharged through playa lakes

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Birds dart toward the edge of the great saucer-shaped depression and disappear in a patch of yellowed grass. John Wood stands in the middle of his concave field, and observes the flurry, amused. Some seasons, his field fills with water. This summer, a drought has caked the root-beer dirt, driven [...]