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, 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. 

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 March and May each year. See the Get Involved page for how to register to volunteer.
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
  • City of West St. Paul
  • Dakota County Parks
  • Dakota County
  • Hennepin County
  • Elm Creek Water Management Organization
  • Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization
  • Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization
  • West Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Volunteers collecting a sample

WHEP thanks our partners for providing space for WHEP training sessions and meetings:
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Normandale Community College
  • City of Minnetonka
  • Bloomington Public Works
  • Dakota County - Thompson County Park and Camp Sacajawea