Playa Lakes Radio
Playa Country is a weekly radio show that discusses the wildlife, wetlands and prairies of the western Great Plains, and the people who manage them. The upcoming series will be discussing the Ogallala Aquifer.
KAWS Wetland Coordinator: Helping Landowners Conserve Playas - September 29
Duane Cheney, from the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams, talks to landowners and operators in western Kansas about the benefits of enrolling playas in NRCS's Wetlands Reserve Program or Continuous CRP, thereby taking those "mudholes" out of production once and for all and converting them into wonderful wildlife habitat that also helps recharge the Ogallala aquifer. Doug Duell talks about his experience rehabbing a 40-acre playa on his western Kansas cropland.
Listen to KAWS Wetland Coordinator: Helping Landowners Conserve Playas (MP3)
Conserving Playas: Nebraska Landowner Story - September 22
Dave Hilfterty grows dryland winter wheat and irrigated corn in Perkins County, Nebraska. Dave had a challenge that was perfect for Wetlands Reserve Program assistance. Amongst his five irrigation circles there's a lagoon, which he got tired of trying to farm through.
Listen to Conserving Playas: Nebraska Landowner Story (MP3)
NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative - September 15
Realizing the importance of the Ogallala Aquifer to High Plains states, NRCS created the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative to attempt to reduce the quantity of water removed from the aquifer, improve water quality using conservation practices, and enhance the economic viability of croplands and rangelands in the region. This episode explains how playas fit into these goals.
Listen to NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative (MP3)
What Are Playas? - September 8
We grew up on the High Plains thinking of those occasionally muddy pasture depressions as "buffalo wallows," "rainwater basins" or "mud holes." Turns out, scientists are learning those playas play a significant role recharging aquifers such as the Ogallala.
Listen to What Are Playas? (MP3)
Ogallala Aquifer Conservation - September 1
A significant report published by the National Academy of Sciences stresses the need to conserve groundwater. This episode focuses on two ways that is happening: 1) the USDA promotes Ogallala Aquifer conservation with NRCS money for cost-share projects, and 2) the state of Kansas changes water-rights laws to foster a culture of conservation rather than consumption.
Listen to Ogallala Aquifer Conservation (MP3)
Check back each week for a new episode.
Playa Country is sponsored by Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Westar Energy, and NRCS.
NRCS conservation practices help protect playas and their wildlife.