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A floodplain provides natural flood and erosion control by flood storage and conveyance, and reduces flood velocity.
A floodplain improves water quality by filtering nutrients and impurities from runoff.
A floodplain recharges the groundwater while simultaneously reducing the frequency and duration of surface flow.
Floodplains support a high rate of plant growth, provide breeding and feeding grounds, and enhance water fowl habitat.
Floodplains provide open space, aesthetic pleasures for the community, and opportunities for scientific and environmental research studies.