August 17, 2020
Notice of Permit Extension Eligibility
Take notice that in accordance with the Permit Extension Act of 2020 (P.L.2020, c.53), soil conservation district certifications of soil erosion and sediment control plans in existence on March 9, 2020 are eligible to have the running of the period of approval automatically suspended for the COVID-19 extension period. This is the period beginning March 9, 2020 and continuing for as long as a public health emergency, pursuant to the “Emergency Health Powers Act,” P.L.2005, c.222 (C.26:13-1 et seq.), that has been declared by the Governor in response to COVID-19, is in effect. The tolling shall extend the certification of plans at least six months beyond the conclusion of the COVID-19 extension period.
Any certification eligible to be subject to the automatic suspension of the running of the period of approval for the COVID-19 extension period must be registered, by the Permittee, with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection by October 8th 2020. The running period of any certification not registered with the Department of Environmental Protection shall not be suspended for the COVID-19 extension period. The extension shall not apply if a new certification or recertification is required due to changes to the plan or project since March 9, 2020.
The e-portal for applicants to register for the permit extension act with DEP is now live. https://www.nj.gov/dep/pea2020/ Eligible applicants may now use this form to be considered covered under the Permit Extension Act 2020. The signup deadline is October 8th. Any applicant not registering by that date is ineligible for coverage under the PEA. Registrations will be posted to the following web address: https://www.nj.gov/dep/covid19regulatorycompliance/
Due to the State of Emergency regarding the Coronavirus, the Bergen County Soil Conservation District Office is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Application forms are available here: Forms, Fee Schedule, Notes
Our phone and fax lines are open during normal business hours: 8AM-4:30PM
Our email is:
Applications should be submitted by USPS or our outside drop box (Monday thru Friday only)
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Announcement Regarding Soil Compaction
The State Soil Conservation Committee has revised The 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 Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39, et seq. in accordance with P.L. 2010, Chapter 113. These provisions have been included within the Standards for Topsoiling (Chapter 8) and Land Grading (Chapter 19).
Effective December 7th, 2017, any application submitted to a local Soil Conservation District for soil erosion and sediment control plan certification must include provisions to mitigate potential soil compaction in accordance with the revised Standards.
A complete copy of the Standards and associated forms and documents as well as a Frequently Asked Questions document to aid the regulated community in complying with these requirements may be downloaded from the NJ Department of Agriculture website at:
About the District
The Bergen County Soil Conservation District is a special purpose subdivision of the State of New Jersey. There are 15 soil conservation districts in New Jersey with each serving one or more counties.
The District provides soils information, technical assistance, and conservation education to the public. We also implement the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, Chapter 251, P.L. 1975. Through this State Law, soil erosion and sedimentation as a result of construction activity is substantially minimized.
The District operates under the guidance of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture State Soil Conservation Committee. We are governed by a board of five supervisors who are nominated locally and appointed by the State Soil Conservation Committee.
As a member of the New Jersey Conservation Partnership, our mission is to provide leadership in the planning and implementation of natural resource management programs for the agricultural and development communities and the general public through a locally based delivery system in coordination with local, state and federal partners.
Our Nation’s soil conservation districts were formed back in the 1930′s as a result of the Dust Bowl. Poor land management practices resulted in mounting soil erosion, floods, and sky blackening dust storms that swept across the Nation.
In response to growing public concern for water quality, New Jersey’s soil conservation districts have become the primary local governmental agencies responsible for controlling point sources of pollution due to soil erosion and sedimentation associated with construction, mining, quarrying, and agriculture.