Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)

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     "Never doubt that a small group of
      thoughtful 
committed citizens can
      change the world:  
indeed it's the
      only thing that ever has."
                          -Margaret Mead

Learn about the time commitment, team locations, and registration materials, then look at the Upcoming workshops and events.  No experience is necessary.  We provide the training and equipment.

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The average team:

  • Usually consists of 6-12 adult volunteers, each volunteer dedicates 20 to 40 hours in June and July.
  • Collects samples as a group, the team leader provides direction and schedules the sampling events.
  • Samples during the evening hours on select weekdays and during the day on select weekends. 
  • Monitors up to four wetlands in the sponsoring community and one wetland in a neighboring community as a cross check for quality control.

Register on the Dakota County volunteer website beginning in March. Direct volunteer registration questions to Garrett Zaffke at 651-438-4635 or garrett.zaffke@co.dakota.mn.us.

 
Program Coordinator:
Paula Liepold
Dakota CountyEnvironmental Resources
14955 Galaxie Ave.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 952-891-7117

What Can I Do To Help Wetlands?
  • Join a team
  • Attend a training workshop 
  • Visit your assigned wetlands several times during each field season to conduct sampling
  • Collect and submit data with the help of your team members and leader

Teams:
Choose to join a team that samples close to your home or work.  Teams are named after their city, county, or watershed location.

  • Apple Valley
  • Burnsville
  • Dakota County Parks Team 1
  • Dakota County Parks Team 2
  • Eagan
  • Farmington
  • Hastings
  • Lakeville
  • Mendota Heights
  • North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization
  • Rosemount
  • South St. Paul
  • West St. Paul