Stormwater Management & Water Resources

The City of Mendota Heights is fortunate in having several varying types of surface waters for the enjoyment of the Community. These include the Mississippi River, Interstate Valley Creek (Bigfoot), Ivy Falls Creek, Lake Augusta, Lemay Lake, Rogers Lake, and several wetlands. The City recognizes the importance and value of these surface waters and the benefit they provide for ecosystems, wildlife, and residents.

The City strives to enhance, protect, and restore its water resources through the following programs, plans, and services:

The City is required to maintain a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit with the State of Minnesota, administered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The City invites all Mendota Heights residents to share their ideas and opinions on the City’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention program. 


The City of Mendota Heights cooperates with neighboring organizations that assist and provide guidance in matters of stormwater runoff and surface water quality:

Additional Resources

A rain garden is a depression in the landscape that is planted like a garden that collects rainwater runoff and allows the runoff to infiltrate into the ground. Learn about the City's Boulevard Rain Garden Program for street reconstruction projects, how rain gardens work, the benefits they provide, and additional resources, view the City of Mendota Heights Rain Garden Brochure (PDF).

The City's BLVD RAIN GARDEN PROGRAM is ONLY for residents undergoing a street improvements or reconstruction project. If you are a part of a neighborhood that is undergoing a street improvement or reconstruction project, sign up for a rain garden on the street restoration project questionnaire. An engineer will evaluate your location. During street reconstruction, a contractor will dig a depression and prepare the soil. After construction is completed, residents will select a garden design. After construction is completed, residents plant their gardens. The City provides plants and hosts a planting day with demonstrations. Once the garden is planted, residents are responsible for maintaining them. For residents not undergoing a street restoration project, please see grant opportunities listed on the brochure, via the link posted above.