Natural and Beneficial Functions
Floodplains play a valuable role in providing natural and beneficial
functions to the area around, and including, Carpentersville.
Floodplains that are relatively undisturbed provide a wide range of
benefits to both the human and natural systems. These benefits provide
aesthetic pleasure as well as function to provide active processes such
as filtering nutrients. Carpenter Creek and Four Winds Way Creek are
used as a means to filter lawn fertilizer run-off so that these areas
can maintain bio-diversity and ecosystem sustainability. Both
floodplains contain historic and archeological sites that provide
opportunity for education and study. Both enhance waterfowl, fish and
other wildlife habitats and provide feeding/breeding grounds. And
lastly, both floodplains provide natural erosion control and open space
so further flooding damage does not occur.