New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Natural Resources Conservation Program

The Natural Resources Conservation Program is authorized by the Soil Conservation Act of 1937 and its several amendments (N.J.S.A. 4:24-1 et seq.) The State Soil Conservation Committee and the Soil Conservation Districts have responsibility for conservation of soil resources, control and prevention of erosion and sedimentation, prevention of damage by stormwater and floods, control of pollution from sediment and associated nonpoint source pollutants, stormwater quality and the conservation of water for agricultural purposes. Here is the Directory of contacts for the NJ Natural Resources Conservation Program, including the State Soil Conservation Committee and the 14 Soil Conservation Districts.

Please visit the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s website for information regarding Rules, Technical Resources and Conservation Education.


NJ Dept of Agriculture Rules

Technical Resources

NJ Dept of Agriculture Technical Resources

Conservation Education

NJDOA Conservation Education

The Standards contain over 500 pages of Best Management Practices for temporary and permanent erosion control. The Standards manual includes design guidance for structural practices, such as grass waterways or detention basins as well as a comprehensive list of plant species used for vegetative stabilization of disturbed soils.  The manual includes an appendix containing numerous design examples, charts, tables and copies of the regulations governing construction-related land disturbance activities.

Pursuant to the proposal in the July 2, 2012 New Jersey Register (44 N.J.R.1813) modifications to the Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey are provided below. Ten vegetative standards and 22 engineering standards are proposed as practices applicable to soil erosion and sediment control on land disturbance activities subject to the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et seq.

For a direct link to the New Jersey State Erosion Control Standards, Chapter 251, please follow the link below.
NJ Erosion Control Standards