Projects

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District partners with many other organizations throughout the county and Barnegat Bay watershed to create a healthier community. Learn more about the many projects implemented by the District.

The Jersey-Friendly Yards website is a comprehensive online source of information about environmentally friendly landscaping throughout New Jersey. Multiple JFY Projects have been inspired by and orchestrated through the Jersey Friendly Yards initiative.
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This project focuses effort towards growing healthy, nutritious food, eliminating hunger, and creating a healthier more sustainable community from the ground up by bringing fresh produce to those in need, focusing on townships designated as food deserts.
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Sustainable Practices for Aquaculture Resources Conservation (SPARC) – connecting with local shellfish farmers to gain a better understanding of their specific natural resource concerns. This initiative will further develop conservation practices while increasing funding opportunities for producer participation.
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This 4-year grant focuses on retrofitting stormwater basins within the North and South Branch of the Metedeconk River watershed, a sub-watershed to the Barnegat Bay watershed. Once renovated, the basins will be able to treat and filter target pollutants from stormwater runoff and recharge groundwater more effectively.
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The Soil Health Improvement Project consists of 5 native plant demonstration gardens, hosted by Jakes Branch County Park. The gardens provide homeowners an opportunity to see and learn about the many native plants available for sunny, shady, dry and wet landscapes in Ocean County. Create a native plant garden or landscape in your yard!
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Bay islands are essential for protecting habitat and natural structures at the Jersey Shore. They store carbon, absorb wave action and flood waters and act as barriers to the mainland.
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This grant promotes aquatic habitat on shellfish leases
and enhances water quality throughout the Coastal Bays of New Jersey.
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A Barnegat Bay subaqueous soil survey map provides information on the depth, slope, physical and chemical properties of subaqueous sediments, which is useful for aquatic vegetation restoration, shellfish habitat, dredge management, carbon storage capability, and other applications.
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The District has collaborated with local schools in Ocean County as part of an Outdoor Classroom Program, teaming up with the students to plant an on-campus rain garden and create beautiful, native plant filled educational spaces for generations to use.
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