Benefits of Floods
Although flooding can be devastating to an unprepared community, it is a natural event with a purpose.
- Floods distribute rich sediment and refresh streams.
- Floods allow rivers and streams to overflow their banks naturally, which can prevent more serious flooding downstream.
- Parks, open space and wetlands provide natural protection from flooding, allowing water to spread over a large area and cause little or no damage.
- Floods return nutrients to the land and contribute to the health of wetlands, meadows and riparian zones.
- These areas are important for improving water and air quality, replenishing groundwater resources, and supporting wildlife and aquatic habitats.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:39