Cumberland-Salem Conservation District

From the time of its inception the main priority of the Soil Conservation Districts has been to protect the soil and water, two of the oft neglected but absolutely necessary items needed for life.

The South Jersey Soil Conservation District was formed on September 5, 1939 by the efforts of S.J. Evans, Frank Schober and William Rainey in a application to the New Jersey State Soil Conservation Committee.

On December 17, 1952 the Gloucester Soil Conservation District was formed along with the Salem-Cumberland Soil Conservation District from what was formerly known as the South Jersey Soil Conservation District.

Finally in October 24, 1966 the Salem-Cumberland Soil Conservation District was split in to what is now known as the Salem and Cumberland Soil Conservation Districts whose boundaries coincide with county boundaries.

Over the years the Cumberland and Salem Soil Conservation Districts have supported the two counties in many ways, learning new techniques to help our "customers".

Soil and water conservation districts enlist and coordinate help from public and private sources to deal with local conservation issues. Districts provide technical expertise to assist the community in protecting its natural resources.

From simple tasks like measuring water levels to complex computer aided equipment the Soil Conservation Districts have kept up with changing times and needs to help ensure our precious natural resources will be available for generations to come.

As of January 1, 2005 the two districts were merged back into one combined district, the Cumberland-Salem Conservation District. The District Manager since 1987 is Garry Timberman. Mr. Timothy Bonjean is the District Chairman. There are three employees: Lisa Carll who has been office manager since 1992, Lenny Rera, a Natural Resource Specialist with the district since 1999, and Michael Bonham, Watershed Specialist who joined the district in June 2005.

Services Provided by your local Soil Conservation District include :

  • Guidance concerning the application of organic materials (animal waste, leaves, grass clippings, food processing waste and sludge) on agricultural lands. Management plans for land application of organic materials on farmlands may be developed for eligible farm operations.
  • Agricultural water supply and management assistance can help farmers secure agricultural water use allocations and enable farmers to better manage irrigation water and stormwater discharge.
  • Stormwater discharge permits are issued through your local Soil Conservation District for most construction and mining activities involving one or more acres of land under the New Jersey Pollution Discharge Elimination System.
  • The Stormwater Pollution Prevention plan must be certified by your local Soil Conservation District as meeting Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control promulgated by the SSCC. Discharge forms can be obtained here.
  • County-based soil surveys are prepared for virtually all open lands in the state to identify soil characteristics, capabilities and limitations for planning and managing farms and woodlands, selecting sites for roads, ponds, buildings, industry, wildlife habitat, recreational activity and most other land uses. The surveys are a joint effort of the USDA, SSCC, SCDs, and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Copies are available through your local District. The soil survey is the foundation upon which most other natural resource conservation programs are based.
  • As part of the plan review process, Soil Conservation Districts collect and review pre- and post-development hydrologic site data (including electronic data files for computer models) and map drainage areas of construction sites for the development of watershed-based hydrologic models. As Districts develop and maintain these models, they will be used to help refine future stormwater management development plans.
  • The Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act of 1975 as amended, (N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et. seq.,) requires that virtually all non-agricultural land disturbance activities disturbing more than 5,000 square feet of surface area be performed in accordance with a plan for soil erosion and sediment control which meets SSCC standards as certified by the Soil Conservation District. Contact Us for further assistance or information. Click to read the Guidelines and supporting Drawings from the Soil Conservation Bureau.

Contact Cumberland-Salem Conservation District

Garry Timberman
District Manager
1516 Route 77
PO Box 68
Deerfield, New Jersey  08313-0068
Phone: (856) 451-2422
Fax: (856) 451-1358


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Cumberland County, New Jersey

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