Projects

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District partners with many other organizations throughout the county and 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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An 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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The 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, that offer homeowners an opportunity to see and learn about the many native plants available for sunny, shady, dry and wet landscapes in Ocean County. Learn more about this project and start creating your own native plant garden or landscape in your yard!
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A Barnegat Bay subaqueous soil survey map will provide information on the depth, slope, physical and chemical properties of the sediments, useful for aquatic vegetation restoration, shellfish habitat, dredge management, carbon storage capability, and other applications.
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The 4-year grant focuses on retrofitting stormwater basins

The Soil District has also 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 a beautiful, native plant filled educational space for generations to use.

Along with various partners, we have successfully designed, planted, and implemented over twenty-five different Outdoor Classrooms at schools throughout the Barnegat Bay Watershed.  These rain gardens give students and teachers the opportunity to have a change from the norm and get outside to learn about the environment in hands-on, exciting new ways.
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