Protect Natural Floodplain Functions

Water Resources


Natural Flood & Erosion Control

  • Provide flood storage and conveyance
  • Reduce flood velocities
  • Reduce flood peaks
  • Reduce sedimentation

Surface Water Quality Maintenance

  • Filter nutrients and impurities from runoff
  • Process organic wastes
  • Moderate temperature of water

Groundwater Recharge

  • Promote infiltration and aquifer recharge
  • Reduce frequency and duration of low surface flows

Biologic Resources


Biological Productivity

  • Support high rate of plant growth
  • Maintain biodiversity
  • Maintain integrity of ecosystem

Fish and Wildlife Habitats

  • Provide breeding and feeding grounds
  • Create and enhance waterfowl habitat
  • Protect habitats for rare and endangered species

Societal Resources


Harvest of Wild & Cultivated Products

  • Enhance agricultural lands
  • Provide sites for aquaculture
  • Restore and enhance forest lands

Recreational Opportunities

  • Provide areas for active and passive uses
  • Provide open space
  • Provide aesthetic pleasure

Areas for Scientific Study and Outdoor Education

  • Contain cultural resources (historic and archaeological sites)
  • Provide opportunities for environmental and other studies

Find out more about Floodplains HERE.

Learn about the consequences caused by shoreline hardening HERE.

Protect Your Property
Elevate your hot water heater and your air-conditioning unit
Insure your valuables and insurance papers in a waterproof container
Waterproof your electrical items that are below the BFE
Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.