Ocean County Soil Conservation District

Conserving and Protecting Our New Jersey Soil Since 1952. ➜ Learn More



The Ocean County Soil Conservation District offers a variety of education and outreach programs to kids, adults and professionals throughout the Barnegat Bay watershed.

Erosion & Sediment Control


OCSCD implements New Jersey’s Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act to protect soil, reduce stormwater runoff and prevent non-point source pollution from entering our waterways.



OCSCD partners with many other organizations throughout our region on an array of projects that prioritize healthy soil, clean water and a vibrant community.  

Important News & Updates

NJBII 2023 Field Trip: Assessing Erosion at Clam Cove
Members of the New Jersey Bay Islands Initiative (NJBII) embarked on an …
Ocean County Soil Conservation District (OCSCD) Board of Supervisors Meeting 09/21/23
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 and 10:4-8 Open Public Meetings Act, the …
Fall Seeding Guidelines for Construction Sites and Residents
Fall is right around the corner, and September is a great time …
Selecting Appropriate Plant Species for Basin Retrofit Projects
The Lakewood Township Stormwater Basin Retrofit Project had a productive 2023 spring …

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Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

OCSCD has numerous internship and volunteer opportunities. Valuable experiences are available in soil conservation, public outreach, education programs and presentations, botanical research, urban agriculture initiatives, technology, graphic design, clerical and office management, and more. 

Visit the Internship and Volunteer Opportunities page to review project descriptions and submit your application, or contact the District for more information: 609-971-7002

Erosion Control Practices

Soil erosion is a natural process in which particles of soil are moved by wind and water, and displaced to another location. When erosion occurs naturally, soil is relocated at about the same rate it is created, so no harm is done to the environment. However, through development and agricultural processes, the rate of erosion tends to speed up and create harmful affects both to the natural land as well as to the people living there.

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District works to control soil erosion by enforcing best management practices on work sites, along shorelines, and various other locations throughout Ocean County. Preventing erosion also prevents stormwater runoff, which will help keep the Barnegat Bay healthy as well as maintain its reputation as a valuable fishing location.

Roots of plants help hold soil in place, prevent breakdown & erosion.

Keeping soil erosion maintained will also keep soil off city streets, prevent the need to dredge lakes and rivers, keep harmful algae and weeds from growing, and provide a healthier environment overall. Learn More