Become a WHEP Volunteer
Dakota County is seeking people to help monitor the health of community wetlands through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP). A science background or previous monitoring experience is not required. All training and equipment is provided.
WHEP volunteers work as a team to gather data on macroinvertebrates (like beetles and dragonflies) and plants in wetlands. Each WHEP team takes samples from three to five wetlands between June and August. Cities use the data to study wetland health trends to better manage wetlands and surrounding areas.
Volunteers commit between 10–30 hours throughout the summer. For more information about volunteering, visit www.mnwhep.org or call the Dakota County Environmental Resources Department at 952-891-7000.
Become a Master Water Steward
The Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization (VRWJPO) is working with the Freshwater Society to initiate a Master Water Stewards program. Read more about the program and how to sign up here.