Natural & Beneficial Functions

Floodplains are also known as inland wetlands. Inland wetlands provide a unique and important ecosystem for many types of plants and animals. They also store flood overflow, provide aesthetic pleasure, and regenerate the water quality through filtering nutrients. Floodplains that are relatively undisturbed provide a wide range of benefits to both human and natural systems.

The floodplains of the Cedar Creek, Little River (also known as the Graham-McCulloch Ditch), Hoffman and Flatrock Creeks, and Saint Mary's, Saint Joe, and Maumee Rivers provide natural erosion control and open space so further flooding damage does not occur.

It is important to protect these natural areas with projects, such as the Eagle Marsh wetland property on Engle Road, to help mitigate property and habitat damage.