The natural function of a floodplain is to provide temporary
storage and conveyance of flood waters in the event of a flood.
Typically these areas are low areas immediately adjacent to streams and
rivers. Effective conveyance and storage of flood waters is best
achieved in areas free of development and infrastructure.
Having areas where water can enter, exit, and absorb without causing
damage is ideal. The Fox River Park in Ottawa, is a prime example of any
area that has been converted from a once developed neighborhood with
extreme flooding and loss damages, to a riverfront park that allows for
flood storage in the event of a flood and a recreational asset the
remainder of the time.