California Sea Grant College Program
An Investigation of Floodplain Habitat for California's Native Fish Species
- Author(s): Opperman, Jeff
- et al.
Riparian areas (land along river banks) are a natural place for human settlement given the richness of floodplain soils for farming, their proximity to freshwater and the opportunity for transportation and commerce, as seen in antiquity with the settlement of the Nile River delta and more recently with the collection of cities dotting the shores of the Mississippi River and its delta.