Beneficial Functions of the Floodplain

Natural Flood & Erosion Control

A floodplain provides natural flood and erosion control by flood storage and conveyance, and reduces flood velocity.

Water Quality

A floodplain improves water quality by filtering nutrients and impurities from runoff.       

Groundwater Recharge

A floodplain recharges the groundwater while simultaneously reducing the frequency and duration of surface flow.

Biological Resources

Floodplains support a high rate of plant growth, provide breeding and feeding grounds, and enhance water fowl habitat.

Societal Resources

Floodplains provide open space, aesthetic pleasures for the community, and opportunities for scientific and environmental research studies.