Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)

Get Involved

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



     "Never doubt that a small group of
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.


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 April through mid May. 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

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