Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)

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The Wetland Health Evaluation Program engages citizen volunteers to help monitor wetlands in their community. Are you interested in wetlands, ecology, and natural history? 
Then WHEP  is for you!

                      

    Learn more about this exciting volunteer program, 
     how it works, and how you can get involved! 

To register as a WHEP volunteer, click "Get Involved" on the left. 

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A WHEP volunteer monitoring team
Since 1997, WHEP volunteers have been monitoring wetland health throughout Dakota and Hennepin Counties. They provide important information to city and county planners, engineers, resource managers, and others.  The data is also used by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to track wetland health throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. 
 
This is a valuable service and we rely on volunteers to collect data during each field season.  Volunteers are typically recruited and asked to register between the months of March and May each year.
 

WHEP thanks the following agencies
for their funding and support:
City of Apple Valley       
City of Bloomington
City of Burnsville
City of Eagan
City of Eden Prairie
City of Farmington
City of Hastings
City of Lakeville
City of Mendota Heights
City of Minnetonka
City of Rosemount
City of South St. Paul
Dakota County
Hennepin County
Elm Creek Water Management Organization
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization
West Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

       

Volunteers collecting a sample
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WHEP thanks our partners for providing space for WHEP activities:
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Dakota County - Thompson County Park, West St. Paul
  • City of Minnetonka
  • Bloomington Public Works
  • Dakota County - Camp Sacajawea, Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan