Learn How Playas Can Help Steward the Aquifer

You are invited to attend a Stewarding Our Aquifer (SOA) Field Day presented by Ogallala Commons on May 17 from 9:30am to 1:15pm in Olton, Texas. The event will be held in the Olton Community Center at 406 2nd St. Doors will open at 9am for registration and refreshments.

The purpose of the Field Day is to provide education about management practices that can reduce or stabilize groundwater depletion levels in the region, assist in the transition from irrigated agriculture to rainfed agriculture, and help to sustain water resources for municipalities, as well as for wildlife and the natural world.

The field day will begin with several presentations about aquifer depletion in Lamb County, how healthy playas recharge the aquifer and can help provide sustainable water for communities, and water planning for the Southern High Plains. Playas are shallow, rain-fed wetlands throughout the Great Plains. They recharge water to the underlying aquifer, filter nutrients and chemicals from the surrounding watershed, and add recreational value to the region.

Participants will then take a driving tour to visit one or two urban playas near Olton’s city wells. The group will return for a lunch catered by Rejino Barbeque before the event concludes.

The event costs $20 per person (which includes the cost of lunch and snacks). To register and pay online, visit https://soafielddaymay17.eventbrite.com. You may also contact Darryl Birkenfeld, Ogallala Commons Executive Director, at darryl@ogallalacommons.org or 806-945-2255 to RSVP and pay on the day of the event. To ensure an accurate lunch count, please register by May 15.

The Field Day is sponsored by Ogallala Commons and its partners: High Plains Water District and the Dixon Water Foundation.