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 existing soil erosion and sediment control standards.
These modifications and standards would address soil compaction in the Barnegat Bay watershed 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 developments that require soil erosion and sediment control approval from the local soil conservation district.
For more information, contact:
Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control
Soil Erosion and Sediment Control - Soil Restoration Amendments
NJ Department of Agriculture
Proposed Amendments N.J.A.C. 2:90-1
Proposal date: September 19, 2016
Comment period closes: November 18, 2016
Written comments must be submitted by November 18, 2016 to Frank Minch, Executive Secretary, State Soil Conservation Committee, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625-0330 or SSCCrules@ag.state.nj.us
Take notice that the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), State Soil Conservation Committee (SSCC) is proposing the adoption of amendments to N.J.A.C. 2:90-1.3, 1.4 and 1.14, Soil Erosion and Sediment Control pursuant to the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et seq. (P.L. 1975 Ch. 251).
The proposal establishes amendments to the Topsoiling and Land Grading Standards to provide for cost-effective restoration, for specific soil types and intended land use, of the optimal physical, chemical and biological functions of the soil on land disturbance activities subject to the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act.