Comprehensive Plan of Action Item #4
Require Post-Construction Soil Restoration
As part of the Barnegat Bay Action Plan Governor Chris Christie signed into law a measure that required the Secretary of Agriculture and the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, through the State Soil Conservation Committee, to propose modifications to the exiting soil erosion and sediment control standards.
These modifications and standards would address soil compaction in Barnegat Bay as well as across the state because it is a recognized contributing factor in stormwater runoff and nonpoint source pollution in New Jersey's waterways.
The new soil compaction standards will be included in the Technical Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey when they are readopted. Once adopted the soil compaction standards will be applied in Barnegat Bay for all new development that require soil erosion and sediment control approval from the local soil conservation district. The re-adoption notice is scheduled to appear in the January New Jersey Register for public review and comment.
For more information, contact:
Brian McLendon, Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control (609) 633-7021