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 has a Management Plan which outlines strategies to protect Cottage Grove ponds, wetlands and the discharge to the Mississippi River. 

The City's Environmental Commission reviews environmental issues within the community and makes recommendations to the City Council. 

Cottage Grove has taken a leadership role in providing public education on environmental issues.

The City publishes various environmentally-focused supplements to the Cottage Grove Reports newsletter monthly, which are included in monthly utility bills.