Water is vital to the city. 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. Protecting our water resource is a major concern. As the rapid rainfall average increases, water run offs, drainage systems and natural and constructed water bodies are affected. Preventing pollution and reducing surface water can be done. Residents and Businesses can help improve our water resources. The storm drain in your street is a link to our lakes and rives. Incorporating rain gardens, not sweeping leaves into the streets and clearing basins, adding a rain garden to your yard are all measures that can help keep our water safe and clean.