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Emergency Permit Extension Eligibility Notice

In accordance with the Permit Extension Act (PEA) of 2020 (P.L. 2020, c.53) soil conservation district certifications of soil erosion and sediment control plans in existence on March 9, 2020 are eligible to have the running of the period of approval automatically suspended for the COVID-19 extension period, beginning March 9, continuing for as long as a public health emergency, pursuant to the “Emergency Health Powers Act”, P.L.2005, c.222, (C.26:13-1 et. seq.) that has been declared by the Governor in response to COVID-19, is in effect. Please refer to the Permit Extension Act Notice 2020 for more details.


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Quotes

History is largely a record of human struggle to wrest the land from nature, because man relies for sustenance on the products of the soil. So direct is the relationship between soil erosion, the productivity of the land, and the prosperity of people, that the history of mankind, to a considerable degree at least, may be interpreted in terms of the soil and what has happened to it as the result of human use.” ~ Hugh H. Bennett and W.C. Lowdermilk, circa 1930s

“I consider the soil conservation districts movement one of the most important developments in the whole history of agriculture.” – Hugh Hammond Bennett

“… the Latin name for man, homo, derived from humus, the stuff of life in the soil.” ~ Dr. Daniel Hillel


NJ Erosion Control Standards

http://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/anr/nrc/2012erosioncontrolstandards.html


REGISTER NOW for the Environmental Educators Roundtable

For more information visit our Environmental Educators Roundtable by clicking here.


National Association of Conservation Districts

The National Association of Conservation Districts recognizes soil health as critical to our nation’s future. “Healthy soil keeps nutrients where they can be used to grow healthier plants, and not in lakes and rivers where they can do harm,” David Lamm, soil health expert with the NRCS in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Visit our Soil Health Resource Page for links pertaining to articles from NACD.


I Heart Soil

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Ocean County Soil Conservation District! Do you love soil like we do? Please visit www.iheartsoil.org for more reasons why you should!


Soil Restoration on Construction Sites in New Jersey – New!

In accordance with P.L. 2010, Chapter 113, The Soil Restoration Act, NJ Department of Agriculture, through the State Soil Conservation Committee, has modified its Topsoiling and Land Grading Standards to address requirements for soil restoration on construction sites where soils may have become compacted. The goal of restoration, as stated in the Act, is to enhance the establishment of vegetation used to provide permanent soil stabilization. For more information, please go to the Soil Erosion Control tab and select the “Chapter 251 Protecting Soil Resources for Water Quality” page from the drop-down menu.


Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge

WHAT IS THE RAIN BARREL CHALLENGE?
The Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge is a competition that engages schools and youth groups located in the Barnegat Bay watershed to learn about the importance of the Bay and how people can help protect its water quality and natural resources. Thirty-five schools and youth groups painted barrels in this year’s Rain Barrel Challenge. These barrels can be seen on tour all over the watershed at the various locations. (link to attached pdf,)


Registration Open for the 2016 Northeast NACD Conference!

The New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts and our partners are very excited to be hosting this year’s conference. Come spend a few days in the Garden State and explore the diverse conservation opportunities in the agricultural, coastal, natural (Pinelands), and urban environments found throughout New Jersey and the northeast. The cost for participation in the full 3-day event is $350.00–inclusive of ALL conference events, tours, and activities. Learn more: https://soildistrict.org/2016-northeast-regional-nacd-conference/


New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts Memorial Conservation Scholarship

The New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts will be awarding one $1,500 Memorial Conservation Scholarship for 2015. Deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2015.
“Download Application” here.


Go Native and Yard Sale

Two new events have just been scheduled at Jakes Branch County Park Nature Center! The Yard, Garden and Plant Fair and The Go Native! Plant Walk and Talk. Please visit our SHIP page SHIP for further information and to download the respective flyers.


Rain Barrel Demonstration and Building Workshop

Jakes Branch County Park is offering a Rain Barrel Demonstration and Building Workshop on Sunday March 30, 2014. To download a copy of the flyer “click here”.


SHIP Project. Digging Deeper- Practical Demonstrations To Improve Soil Health.

Workshop to be held October 31, 2014 at Jakes Branch County Park. Visit the District’s SHIP page for flyer of events and to register.


Upcoming Events

Two new events have just been scheduled at Jakes Barnch County Park Nature Center! The Yard, Garden and Plant Fair and The Go Native! Plant Walk and Talk. Please visit our SHIP page for further information.


Go Native! Plant Walk and Talk

Go Native! Plant Walk and Talk is scheduled for April 26 and May 14,2014 at the Jakes Branch Nature Center. Please see the attached flyer for further information. “View Flyer” here.


2014 NJ Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Standards

2014 NJ Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Standards are now available.click here..For an important message about a correction to conduit outlet protection-Standard 12 click here” Job Announcement: click here.


Yard, Garden & Native Plant Sale

The Yard, Garden & Native Plant Sale is scheduled for May 17,2014 at the Jakes Branch Nature Center. Please see the attached flyer for further information.

  • “View Flyer” here.

  • Conservation Updates

    BLOG: New Look at Soil Conservation After Sandy
    BLOG: Bay Health Directly Connected to Soil Health
    NEWS: Governor Says that Soil Health is Priority in 2013


    New Jersey Soil Health Assessment Guide


    Georgian Court University. Superstorm Sandy: A Year of Hope and Resilience.

    Attached is a flier about the upcoming Sandy 1 year later retrospective events at Georgian Court University. The week- long event is titled Superstorm Sandy: A Year of Hope and Resilience. All the events are open to the public, “View Flyer” here.


    Barnegat Bay Festival

    Come join us for the annual Barnegat Bay Festival on June 2, 2013. This unique event combines activities, vendors, music and food to celebrate the Barnegat Bay! Please visit their website at www.bbp.ocean.edu for further information. Barnegat Bay Festival – June 2


    Superstorm Sandy Web Page

    For information regarding Superstorm Sandy please visit our Superstorm Sandy web page Superstorm Sandy