Education Programs, Events & Resources

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District offers a variety of educational programs for students, educators and professionals throughout the Barnegat Bay Watershed.

Healthy Soil Resources

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There are many excellent resources throughout New Jersey that will help give you a better understanding on how to maintain quality soil.

District News & Information

OCSCD has numerous internship and volunteer opportunities. Valuable experiences are available in soil conservation, education and outreach, urban agriculture, gardening, technology, clerical, and more.

Erosion Control Practices

This photo shows the importance of natural vegetation and roots in soil stabilization.

Roots of plants help hold soil in place, and prevent breakdown and erosion.

Soil erosion is a natural process in which particles of soil are moved by wind and water, and displaced to another location.  When erosion occurs naturally, soil is relocated at about the same rate it is created, so no harm is done to the environment.  However, through development and agricultural processes, the rate of erosion tends to speed up and create harmful affects both to the natural land as well as to the people living there.

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District works to control soil erosion by enforcing best management practices on work sites, along shorelines, and various other locations throughout Ocean County.  Preventing erosion also prevents stormwater runoff, which will help keep the Barnegat Bay healthy as well as maintain its reputation as a valuable fishing location.  Keeping soil erosion maintained will also keep soil off city streets, prevent the need to dredge lakes and rivers, keep harmful algae and weeds from growing, and provide a healthier environment overall. Read More

Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002