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New Jersey State Soil Conservation Committee

The natural resources conservation program is administered by the State Soil Conservation Committee (SSCC). Established by statute in 1937, SSCC membership includes the Secretary of Agriculture (chair), the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE), the Dean of Cook College (Rutgers University), an appointee of the Governor and six local soil conservation district supervisors. To reach the SSCC, please contact:

Frank Minch, Administrative Analyst, Secretary New Jersey Department of Agriculture, PO Box 330, Trenton, New Jersey  08625-0330 phone: 609-292-5540 fax: 609-633-7229 or email

If HEPSCD is not your District: For projects outside Hudson, Essex & Passaic Counties, please see the listing of New Jersey’s 15 Soil Conservation Districts

If you need soil data: For published soil surveys, soil classification, and the Soil Data Mart, please see the Natural Resource Conservation Service Soils Website

HEPSCD has some remaining hard copies and CD’s of the 2007 Essex County Soil Survey available for pickup at our office at no charge. Limited print copies of the 1975 Passaic County Soil Survey are available for pickup at no charge. The Web Soil Survey is located here. The Hudson County Soil Survey was completed and made available in 2012 and can be found at the NRCS Soil Data Mart.

University of California-David Soil Web resources

Technical Resources: Please consult the NJ Dept of Ag.

Digital copies of the Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control in New Jersey (last revised 2017, 7th Edition, effective 12/7/2017) are available at no charge and can be downloaded from the NJ Dept of Ag here  To learn what is different in the new standards, please click this overview.

To locate an engineer, please use a business search directory such as


The District cannot provide recommendations of particular firms.

To verify that your planner or contractor is licensed with the State of New Jersey,visit

Request for Assistance: Joint NRCS/Soil Conservation District assistance in return for Conservation Agreement.

For Soil Testing, please click one of the following links:

Invasive Plants to Avoid:

New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team

NRCS Assistance for Community Gardens

NJDEP Stormwater Permitting Information

NJDEP Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual

Jersey Friendly Yards

Rutgers List: Plants Rated by Deer Resistance

NJ Tax Map

Convert Lat/Long to NJ State Plane Coordinates