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Floodplains & Drainage Systems
Benefits of Natural Floodplain Systems

In their undisturbed, natural state, the City’s wetlands, open green areas, streams, and vegetation dunes perform beneficial functions.

Preserving and managing these areas in the floodplain helps with:

  • Natural flood and erosion control by providing flood water storage and conveyance and reducing flood velocity
  • Water quality by filtering nutrients and impurities from runoff
  • Biological resources by supporting plant growth and wildlife habitat

Additionally, dumping in any stream or creek is specifically prohibited by City Ordinance.

Storm Water Drainage Maintenance

Dumping, debris, soil erosion and vegetation overgrowth can decrease the community’s drainage system carrying or storage capacity. When this happens, flooding occurs more frequently and reaches higher elevations, subjecting more properties to the risk of damage.

To minimize these risks, the City of Fernandina Beach and the St. John’s River Water Management District enforce regulations for the maintenance of streams, channels, and retention basins.

The City’s Utility Department implements this program and should be notified of any violations or unsafe conditions at (904) 310-3420.