News: Citizen scientists needed to monitor wetlands

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Mary Karius, Environment and Energy: 612-596-9129

Angie Timmons, Environment and Energy: 612-348-2477

Citizen scientists needed to monitor wetlands

Hennepin County is seeking citizen scientists to explore wetlands in their communities.

Interested adults and families can now register for the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP). As part of this program, volunteers will work with other citizens on a team from their area to monitor bugs and plants in wetlands.  

No experience is required, but an interest in wetlands, bugs and/or plants is encouraged. Hennepin County provides all of the training, equipment and leadership.

Residents of the following cities and neighboring communities are encouraged to apply for area teams:

  • Bloomington
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Brooklyn Center
  • Corcoran
  • Eden Prairie
  • Maple Grove
  • Medina
  • Minneapolis
  • Minnetonka
  • Plymouth 

Volunteers decide how often to participate, but are expected to commit approximately 15 hours per month from June to September 2018. 

Partnering cities use the data collected to determine the health of water resources and assist with natural resource management. 

Become a volunteer

The deadline to submit volunteer applications is June 1. For more information or to become a volunteer, call Mary Karius at 612-596-9129 or the WHEP webpage.

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