All wetlands must meet three
1. soils developed in wet conditions
2. wet either above ground or wet within
12 inches of the surface during all or part of the growing season
3. plants adapted to live in wet soil
Fish and Wildlife Service divided wetlands into 8 types (Types 1-8). The two primary characteristics used in the classification
system include the wetland's dominant plant type and water depth during the growing season. Wetlands monitored
in WHEP are depressional wetlands with emergent marsh vegetation (Types 3, 4, or 5).
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency designed and tested
the WHEP sampling protocols for Type 3, 4 and 5 wetlands located in the Central Hardwood Region of the State of Minnesota.
Wetlands sampled in WHEP are chosen by the sponsoring agency (city, watershed management organization
or park department).
Wetlands monitored in the current season are listed below. Select the wetland name to download a map
of that wetland.