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Introduction to the NJDA State Soil Conservation Committee

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  1. Introduction to the NJDA State Soil Conservation Committee (you will be tested on this)

  2. A Little Background….. • Chpt. 24, Title 4, rev. Statutes of NJ – Soil Conservation • Est. 1937 and subsequently revised • 1959, the State Committee is transferred from NJDEP (then, NJ Dept. of Conservation and Economic Development) to NJ DA • Been here ever since

  3. Background Continued • 11 members make up the Committee: • Secretary of Ag • Director of Ag Extension Service • Commissioner of DEP • Governor’s appointee • 6 district supervisors • 1 appointee from the Secretary, USDA

  4. What does the SSCC do? • Oversee the implementation of the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act of NJ • Oversee and coordinate actions of the districts • Interface with other state and federal agencies (including Rowan and Rutgers Universities) • Develop and promulgate rules and policies concerning urban and agricultural conservation practices • Develop and promulgate “The Standards” for soil erosion control • Oversees the NJPDES permit program for NJ • And just about anything else you can think of related to natural resources conservation!

  5. Regional Watershed Planning New Frontiers for SSCC and Distircts…

  6. Public Law 1999, c0269 authorizes an appropriation of $2.5M for 6 districts to engage in watershed planning for NJDEP

  7. Project Stats • 40 HUC 14 sub watersheds • 156,000 acres of land studied and characterized • 2 Physiographic provinces addressed • Hydrologic and water quality studies in urban and rural settings • Drainage study and design • Agricultural impacts studied

  8. Close Up on the Maurice

  9. Scope of Work • Characterize the Majority of the Upper Maurice WS • Visually inspect almost 190 miles of stream corridors including data collection and photography • Identify 8 water quality sampling locations • Deploy 8 recording stream gages and numerous staff gages • Develop rating curves for each of the 8 sample stream locations • Conduct in-stream sampling • Develop hydrologic, hydraulic and water quality models • Develop model ordinances for municipalities for the protection of water resources • Initiate a sub-study to revise the SCS TR-55 Peak Rate Factor

  10. Stream Characterization

  11. Characterization of Obstructions

  12. Reality… Theory… Recording Gage Installation

  13. Field Work…

  14. Preliminary Data WQ Sample Events

  15. Assessing the Potential for Overland Flow

  16. Urban Recharge Municipal Zoning Recharge and Zoning Analysis

  17. Further Studies and Endevors…. • Peak Rate Factor (PRF) for TR-55 in So. NJ • Tc timing parameters also for So. NJ • Additional Watershed Studies • Wastewater Treatment using Constructed Wetlands (SSCC, C-A district, NRCS PMC) • Low Impact Development (SSCC contract w/DEP) • Water Quality BMP Manual (SSCC, DEP, DOT & others)

  18. Contact Info…. John Showler, MS, Environmental Scientist State Soil Conservation Committee New Jersey Department of Agriculture PO Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625 (609) 292-5540 Email: John.Showler@ag.state.nj.us Web: http://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/