Natural & Beneficial Functions

Don’t pour oil, paint, fertilizer or pesticides down storm drains or into ditches and streams. These materials contaminate storm water and destroy plants, endanger wildlife and affect drinking water. 

Floodplains are hydrologically important, environmentally sensitive and ecologically productive areas within a watershed that perform many natural functions. Left open, they provide storage for floodwaters to minimize flood damage. They furnish habitat for plants and wildlife, and can filter pollutants from storm water, improving water quality. 

Floodplain lands and adjacent waters combine to form a complex, dynamic physical and biological system found nowhere else. Such natural processes cost far less money than it would take to build facilities to correct flood, storm water, water quality and other community problems.

Contact Information
Gary Shogren
Community Development Director
(785) 227-3355