Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)

Why Wetlands?
What is an IBI?
Invert. Sampling (spineless critters)
Vegetation Sampling
Get Involved
Training and Events
Resources and Presentations
Wetlands Monitored
Wetland Sites Map (Dakota County)
WHEP Reports and Data
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us


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


To register as a WHEP volunteer, click "Get Involved" on the left. Registration is closed for the season. Please check back in April 2022.

A WHEP volunteer monitoring team
Since 1997, WHEP volunteers have been monitoring wetland health throughout Dakota County. They provide important information to city and county planners, engineers, resource managers and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to track wetland health and understand wetland impacts due to land use changes, stormwater runoff and more. 
This is a valuable service and we rely on volunteers to collect data each field season.  Volunteers are typically recruited and asked to register between March and May each year. See the Get Involved page for how to register to volunteer.
Funding and support is provided by:
  • City of Apple Valley
  • City of Burnsville
  • City of Eagan
  • City of Farmington
  • City of Hastings
  • City of Lakeville
  • City of Mendota Heights
  • City of Rosemount
  • City of South St. Paul
  • City of West St. Paul
  • Dakota County Parks
  • Dakota County
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization
  • Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization

Volunteers collecting a sample