Floodplains play a valuable role in providing natural and beneficial functions in areas around and within Story County. Floodplains that are relatively undisturbed provide a wide range of benefits to both human and natural systems. These benefits provide aesthetic pleasure as well as function to provide active processes such as filtering nutrients.
Our floodplains contain historic and archaeological sites that provide opportunity for education and study. They enhance waterfowl, fish and other wildlife habitats and provide feeding/breeding grounds. Floodplains also provide natural erosion control and open space so that further flooding damage does not occur.
Story County has started to create a comprehensive plan called the C2C Plan - From Cornerstone to Capstone. One of the many elements to be addressed in the plan will include environmental and natural resources. Currently, Story County Conservation (SCC) manages over 3,500 acres of parks and natural areas for outdoor recreation and takes an active role in developing and managing wildlife habitat throughout the county, including assistance to private landowners. SCC also oversees the Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program. Please visit SCC's website for more information about their programs and opportunities for involvement.