Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) - Wetland Health Evalulation Program - Eagan Team

General Description

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 provide valuable wetland data to their local decision-makers.

Volunteers work in city-based teams and are guided by team leaders. Volunteers have a wide variety of backgrounds but all share an interest in understanding and protecting wetlands.



Schedule is determined by the team leader and varies with each team. Active in June and July. 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


Minimum Qualifications

Able to stand for periods of time

Enjoys working in groups outdoors

Doesn’t mind working in a wet environment

Some weekend hours required

Complete the three program trainings (see below)


Minimum Time Commitment

10-30 hours


Activity Level

Active - Involves physical exertion for an extended period of time; can involve rough, uneven or steep terrain. Not recommended for volunteers with physical limitations.


Recommended Training

No current experience is required. All trainings are provided for by the county. Below are the three training sessions and locations. You can access the registration pages for each by clicking on the links below.


Other Information



Contact Information

Paula Liepold   

Dakota Co. Water Resources Dept.   

14955 Galaxie Ave. 

Apple Valley, MN  55124  




Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes

Schedule Summary

This activity occurs between Thursday, March 01, 2018 and Sunday, September 30, 2018