Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)


Cause Areas


Mon Mar 19, 2018 - Fri Aug 31, 2018


Dakota CountyDakota County, MN 55123


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

Partake in 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.

Other Information


Contact Information

Paula Liepold

Dakota Co. Water Resources Dept.

14955 Galaxie Ave.

Apple Valley, MN 55124




  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Environmental Science

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 13
  • 10 to 30 hours

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