Ocean County Soil Conservation District

Providing for conservation of soil and water resources and the control and prevention of soil erosion in Ocean County, New Jersey since 1952. ➜ Learn More



The Ocean County Soil Conservation District offers a variety of education programs for students, educators and professionals throughout the Barnegat Bay Watershed.

Erosion & Sediment Control


Implementing a Statewide erosion and sediment control program to reduce the danger from storm water runoff, retard non-point pollution from sediment and to conserve and protect the land, water, air and environmental resources of NJ.



OCSCD partners with many other organizations throughout the county and watershed to create a healthier community prioritizing soil conservation, education and outreach, urban agriculture, gardening, technology, clerical, and more. 

There are many excellent resources throughout New Jersey that will help give you a better understanding on how to maintain quality soil.

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

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