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Flood Risk Management

What are Floodplains?

Environmental Benefits

Floodplains are complex systems that support ecological, social and economic services. Many of the functions and processes of floodplains cannot easily be quantified. Some examples of the diversity of benefits of floodplain areas are:

  • Natural flood reduction capabilities
  • Fish and wildlife habitat
  • Natural vegetation
  • Surface water quality and quantity
  • Groundwater quality and quantity
  • Open space
  • Agricultural land
  • Recreation
  • Historic and archaeological preservation

Significant changes to floodplains can upset this delicate balance.


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