Soil Erosion & Sediment Control

Enforcement of the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act involves regulation of the construction industry for issues of soil erosion and sediment control. Conservation practices such as stormwater inlet protection, silt fence, and stabilized construction access are just a few of the many measures that help reduce the incidence of soil erosion on active construction sites.

Sediment Barriers such as Silt Fence help reduce the transport of soil off-site
Sediment Barriers such as Silt Fence help reduce the transport of soil off-site.

The MCSCD reviews construction plans to ensure that proper conservation measures are included, and that they are in compliance with the New Jersey Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control. Once the plans satisfy the requirements, they are certified by the MCSCD Board of Supervisors. When work begins on a project, MCSCD staff routinely inspect the site and check to make sure the soil erosion and sediment control measures on the construction site are in compliance with the certified plan. MCSCD inspectors will also consult site personnel should additional soil conservation measures be deemed necessary.

Application of Hyrdo-Seed for vegetative stabilization
Application of Hyrdo-Seed for vegetative stabilization

Upon completion of a project, MCSCD inspectors perform a final site inspection to ensure that permanent erosion control features have been installed in accordance with the plans, and that the site has been properly stabilized.

By keeping in step with the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act and applying proper conservation measures, the MCSCD and the construction industry work together to minimize soil erosion and sedimentation both during construction and long after a project has been completed.