During the 60’s and 70’s, we saw a rapid shift in land-use throughout New Jersey. Land in Camden County that was traditionally agricultural and rural was being rapidly developed into non-agricultural uses such as housing, commercial development and industrial uses. These activities led to increased soil erosion and sediment. Our waterways became polluted from sediment which severely impacted water quality, recreation, fish and wildlife. Sediment also impacted municipal storm sewer systems and roadways.
To help address this problem the State of New Jersey adopted the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, Chapter 251, Public Law 1975 on January 1, 1976. This law regulates construction and land disturbing activities on projects with 5,000 square feet or more of land disturbance. The intent of the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act is to reduce soil erosion, reduce the danger from stormwater runoff, to impede nonpoint source pollution from sediment and to conserve and protect the land, water and natural resources of New Jersey.
Projects that are regulated by Chapter 251 must obtain a Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plan Certification from the Soil Conservation District. An application form must be submitted along with plans, appropriate calculations and documentation, and required application fees. District staff works with developers and municipalities to ensure measures outlined within a soil erosion and sediment control plan are being implemented during the course of construction
Please use the links to the left for details on the requirements of New Jersey’s Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Program.