Natural and Beneficial Functions of Local Floodplains

Protecting and preserving our natural floodplains, such as Oak Creek, Beaver Creek, Agua Fria, and the Verde River, play an important role in our community.

  • Flood waters allowed to spread over a large area reduce flood peak velocities, thus reducing property damage.
  • Vegetation stabilizes soils during flooding.
  • Floodplains act as recharge areas for groundwater, and filtering impurities from runoff.
  • Floodplains provide a healthy habitat for wildlife and an attractive open space in a neighborhood.

Keep our floodplains open and clean.

Never dump waste, trash or place unauthorized fill in a drainage way or floodplain.