Water is vital for life. It is important to respect our city's valuable river, lakes and wetlands and understand how water resources play a critical role in making Inver Grove Heights a great place to live.
As the population increases and rapid rainfall average increases, water runoff increases and the stormwater drainage systems, natural and constructed water bodies are affected. Residents and businesses can all help protect and improve the quality of our water resources.
- Inver Grove Heights is the land of over 630 lakes and wetlands and borders with the mighty Mississippi River. That's a lot of water to consider.
- Everything that goes into the stormwater drains, located in streets throughout the city, goes directly to our lakes and the river in our watershed.
- The greatest source of water pollution in cities is from stormwater runoff.
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- Redirect water runoff to gardens and other areas that use water - not hard surfaces such as driveways, streets, and sidewalks
- Plant native gardens and rain gardens
- Education and grant opportunities are available through the Landscaping for Clean Water Program
- Keep leaves, grass clippings, and fertilizer off driveways, streets and out of the storm drains. Learn how you can adopt-a-drain to keep them clear of debris.
- Pick up after your pets, in your yards and on walks
- Limit salt use