Soil Erosion & Sediment Control



From time to time we receive updates and bulletins on soil erosion control methods and other issues. We will post them here when they are issued.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency, the State of New Jersey has instituted mandatory furloughs for its employees. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture provides various coordination and oversight services to New Jersey’s Soil Conservation Districts, including those of overseeing engineering activities performed by Districts as part of the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Program, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et seq.

During the time periods of July 13- 17 and July 20-24, Department engineering staff will not be available to provide responsible charge oversight to soil conservation districts. During that period, District staff will be limited to non-engineering related duties associated with the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Program. This may result in delays in processing erosion control application reviews or certain types of site inspections.

Please contact the District for further information.

Soil Restoration Standards Applicability                                                                                                                                                                                  The State Soil Conservation Committee has provided a technical bulletin on the clarification of applicability of a site plan subject to soil restoration measures.  Effective March 2018 the following bulletins will guide you through the applicability of soil restoration requirements to single family lots and urban development area.

Soil restoration applicability to single family lots 

Soil restoration applicability to urban redevelopment area

New Soil Restoration Standards                                                                                                                                                                                                    In accordance with P.L. 2010, Chapter 113, the State Soil Conservation Committee has revised its Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey to include provisions for mitigating the negative impacts of soil compaction on construction sites subject to review and regulation by the New Jersey Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39, et seq. These provisions have been included within Chapters 8 (Topsoil) and 19 (Land Grading) of the Standards.

Effective December 7th, 2017, any application submitted to a local Soil Conservation District for erosion and sediment control plan certification must include provisions to mitigate potential soil compaction in accordance with the revised Standards. Previously certified Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, Plan eligible for recertification and minor revisions are not subject to the adopted amendments.

To get more information on any standards, forms or documents associated with the new soil restoration standards please click here.

Revised Soil Erosion Sediment Control Standards
The seventh edition of the Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey is now available for download at no cost. These Standards were adopted January 2014 and include additional guidance for assessing downstream stability, rip rap design, the use of infiltration and additional vegetative options for use in the Pinelands National Reserve.

Proposed amendments to the Standard for Topsoiling and the Standard for Land Grading were not adopted, and are undergoing further revision. Therefore, the 1999 version of those Standards remain in effect until changes are formally adopted by the State Soil Conservation Committee.

To allow districts and the regulated community adequate opportunity to adjust to changes to the Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, the effective date for these amendments is February 20, 2014.

To view the proposed modifications to the Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey please click HERE.

Fertilizer Law Quick Facts
The NJ Fertilizer Law was designed to protect all New Jersey surface water. Please click on Fertilizer Law Quick Facts for more information.
The Animal Waste Management Rules Bulletin outlines the record keeping and plan approval procedures for all high density animal waste management plans. Please access by clicking on Animal Waste Bulletin.

Silt Fence Bulletin provides latest silt fence requirements.


The newly adopted rules pertain to single-family home exemptions, demolition activities, and increased enforcement possibilities. The revised rules will have a positive impact on our quality of life, and the environment will be enhanced through the prevention of soil erosion damages and will provide for proper water quality protection for all construction activities.

Click Here  to download.