Until March 2019 the Commission served as the local government unit (LGU) for administering the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA) for two of the Commission's member cities - Champlin and Corcoran. The Commission reviewed exemption applications, drain and fill applications, replacement plans, and banking applications; attended Technical Evaluation Panel (TEP) meetings; and fulfilled other requirements of WCA. Barr Engineering, an engineering consulting firm, continues to perform wetland consulting services for those wetland projects that remained in progress at the time of the cessation.. 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.
The Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) is an adult volunteer monitoring program that aims to obtain quality, usable 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).
This program has been discontinued by Hennepin County. A copy of the most recent WHEP report, from 2021, can be found here.