The Commission serves as the local government unit (LGU) for administering the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) for the cities of Champlin and Corcoran. The Commission reviews exemption applications, drain and fillapplications, replacement plans, and banking applications; attends Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP) meetings; and fulfills other requirements of WCA. The Commission’s goal is to assure that WCA rules are properly implemented, wetland violations are resolved and replacement plans are reviewed. In 2015 the Commission reviewed twenty-two (22) plans involving wetlands and received no new wetland banking applications in 2015. They also participated in fourteen (14) TEPs. A similar level of activity was anticipated for 2016. Three new potential WCA violations were also investigated. Barr Engineering is an outside firm approved to perform wetland consulting services for the Commission. Wetland Mitigation
After completion of wetland mitigation areas, monitoring must be conducted for a five year period to evaluate the success of the mitigation area. A monitoring report must be prepared annually during the five-year monitoring period. The report should describe the status of the wetland mitigation, summarize the results of the vegetative and hydrologic monitoring, and discuss management activities and corrective actions conducted during the previous year as well as activities planned for the upcoming year. The report must be submitted to the Elm Creek Watershed Management Commission by December 31 of each year. A full description of the requirements of the report can be found here.
The Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) is an adult volunteer monitoring program that aims to obtain quality, useable data on wetland health and promote wetland stewardship. Teams of volunteers under the direction of a team leader use biological field assessments to determine wetland health. Volunteers collect macroinvertebrates (spineless organisms such as leeches, snails and bugs) and perform a wetland vegetation survey following guidelines and protocols developed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). In 2011 four wetlands were monitored in the Elm Creek watershed –one in the Elm Creek Park Reserve in Dayton and three in Crow Hassan Park. More information about the Elm Creek watershed WHEP sites, along with the results from all the Hennepin County monitored sites is in the 2015 Annual Report. The complete report can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the WHEP website, www.mnwhep.org for more information on participating in WHEP.