Protecting our natural resources in Cottage Grove has developed as a priority for its residents. The City currently has watershed districts within the South Washington Watershed District (SWWD).
The City's Management Plan outlines strategies to protect Cottage Grove ponds, wetlands, and the discharge to the Mississippi River.
Cottage Grove has taken a leadership role in providing public education on environmental issues. The City publishes various environmentally-focused supplements in the Cottage Grove Reports newsletter, which is included in monthly utility bills.