Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) - Wetland Health Evaluation Program - North Cannon River Watershed Management Organization 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 other professionals. The valuable data collected during the season is shared with local decision-makers and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to help give a better picture of local water quality and wetland biodiversity and health throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
WHEP volunteers annually monitor and evaluate wetland health based on species diversity and population of macroinvertebrates (dragonflies, snails, etc) and plants. Volunteers use wetland assessment protocols and tools to provide valuable wetland data to their local decision-makers. Volunteers work in city-based teams and are guided by team leaders. Volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds but all share a common interest in understanding and protecting wetlands. All training and equipment is provided by Dakota County.
Registration will begin in April. Each person will join a team designated by city of choice. The event schedule is determined by the team leader from each city and varies with each team. The program runs May through August (various dates and times determined by team and city). Schedules are available in May.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Participate in group outings as assigned by the group
- Help collect samples
- Participate in lab work
- Attend the assigned trainings
- Able to stand for periods of time in uneven terrain
- Enjoys working in groups outdoors
- Doesn’t mind working in a wet environment
- Some weekend hours required
- If under 16, must be accompanied by an adult (18 or older)
Minimum Time Commitment
20 - 40 hours during the summer season, hours vary by volunteer
Active - Involves physical exertion for an extended period of time; can involve rough, uneven or steep terrain. Not recommended for volunteers with physical limitations.
No current experience is required. All trainings are provided for by the county. Below are the three training sessions and locations.
Field Methods and Intro to WHEP
Monday, May 23
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dakota Lodge/Thompson County Park - West St. Paul
Saturday, June 11
Session 1: 8:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Session 2: 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Heritage Hall Room 203
Inver Hills Community College - Inver Grove Heights
Thursday, June 30
5:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Empire Lake Picnic Shelter/ Whitetail Woods Regional Park - Rosemount
Garrett Zaffke | Community Relations and Volunteer Services Coordinator
Dakota County Communications
1590 Highway 55| Hastings, MN 55033
Direct: (651) 438-4635 | Fax: (651) 438-4405 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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