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Natural and Beneficial Functions of Floodplains

A floodplain is any land area susceptible to being inundated by floodwaters from any source. When left in a natural state, floodplain systems store and dissipate floods without adverse impacts to residents, buildings, roads, and other infrastructure. Natural floodplains provide multiple benefits for the community including flood protection, erosion control, improved water quality, recharged aquifers, enhanced wildlife habitats, and recreational opportunities.

updated Jul 28, 2021