Natural & Beneficial Functions


The City of Cleveland is a beautiful place to live, and the areas within or near our floodplains are an important asset. These wetland areas provide a wide range of benefits for the human and natural systems. Water quality is improved through the wetlands ability to filter nutrients and impurities from runoff and to process organic wastes. 

These areas provide breeding and feeding areas for fish and other wildlife, create and enhance waterfowl habitat, support a high rate of plant growth and maintain biodiversity and the integrity of the ecosystem. Floodplains provide green space for protection of streams from development and the forces of erosion.

Cleveland Nature Trail

Areas such as the Cleveland Nature Trail provide a natural habitat for wildlife, help to educate citizens on naturally occurring tree species, and leave a sufficient amount of open space next to Jones Bayou.