Cumberland Salem Conservation District
1516 Route 77 PO Box 68 
Deerfield, NJ 08313
Phone: (856) 451-2422
Fax: (856) 451-1358

The seventh edition of the Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey is now available for download at no cost. These Standards were adopted January 2014 and include additional guidance for assessing downstream stability, rip rap design, the use of infiltration and additional vegetative options for use in the Pinelands National Reserve. 

Proposed amendments to the Standard for Topsoiling and the Standard for Land Grading were not adopted, and are undergoing further revision. Therefore, the 1999 version of those Standards remain in effect until changes are formally adopted by the State Soil Conservation Committee.

To allow districts and the regulated community adequate opportunity to adjust to changes to the Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, the effective date for these amendments is February 20, 2014.

All Standards will be available on the New Jersey Department of Agriculture website ( and will no longer be provided in a printed form.

Summary and Overview of the 2014 Erosion Control Standards (PDF) 

2014 Erosion Control Standards Errata (PDF)

 Soil Restoration Standards
In accordance with P.L. 2010, Chapter 113, the State Soil Conservation Committee has revised its Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey to include provisions for mitigating the negative impacts of soil compaction on construction sites subject to review and regulation by the New Jersey Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39, et seq. These provisions have been included within Chapters 8 (Topsoil) and 19 (Land Grading) of the Standards.

Effective December 7th, 2017, any application submitted to a local Soil Conservation District for erosion and sediment control plan certification must include provisions to mitigate potential soil compaction in accordance with the revised Standards. Previously certified Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, Plan eligible for recertification and minor revisions are not subject to the adopted amendments.

The following are a copy of any standards, forms or documents associated with the new soil restoration standards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Administrative Bulletin

Topsoiling Standard (Section 8)

Land Grading Standard (Section 19)

Sample Soil Restoration Plan Image

Soil Restoration Notes Required on Plans

Soil Compaction Mitigation Verification Form