As our New Jersey
communities continue to grow, we are faced with the challenge of conserving
our natural resources at the same time that we consume them.
The first Soil Conservation Districts were formed in the 1930's in the response to the devastating effects of the Dust Bowl. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt recommended that all states establish soil and water conservation districts - thus an era of soil conservation began in New Jersey.
The Mercer County Soil Conservation District (MCSCD) was officially incorporated in April, 1959. Today, the MCSCD is one of 15 Soil Conservation Districts in New Jersey, operating under the State Soil Conservation Committee of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. The MCSCD is staffed by Resource Specialists and a licensed Professional Engineer. Policies and performance guidelines are set by a Board of five supervisors.
In the beginning, the MCSCD provided technical assistance primarily to the agricultural community. Today, our focus has expanded to also address the impacts of urbanization and development in New Jersey. In 1976 the Districts were mandated to administer the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act as a means to prevent soil erosion on construction sites, reduce nonpoint source pollution and enhance water quality.
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
We also provide a wide range of education services to residents of Mercer County and help administer the NJ Conservation Assistance Program.
Follow the links below for more information about the District:
Newsletters: Recent and past issues of our HORIZON newsletter.
Rules, regulations and official policy statements:
* Rules: http://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/anr/nrc/policies.html
* Technical Resources: http://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/divisions/anr/nrc/techresources.html
Meeting Schedule: The MCSCD Board of Supervisors typically meets at 6:30pm on the first Thursday of each month. Click here to view a list of meeting dates for this calendar year (subject to change); if you plan to attend a monthly meeting, we advise you to call ahead to confirm that no changes have occurred, 609-586-9603. Meetings will take place at the MCSCD and AEI Education Building at 590 Hughes Drive, Hamilton Square, NJ, 08690, unless otherwise noted.
Next Meeting Agenda:
Will be posted prior to Board Meetings.
Proposed Agenda - January, 2018
Board Meeting Minutes for Fiscal Year 2017 (ends June 30, 2017)
MCSCD Board of Supervisors, left to right:
W. Scott Ellis (Chairman), Theodora Wang,
Ed DiPolvere (Treasurer), Lucia Huebner, Gary Mount (Vice Chairman)
|Photo above provided by MCSCD|
|Photo on homepage provided by USDA-NRCS|
The MCSCD uses the following professional services:
Auditor: Nightlinger, Colavita & Volpa, P.A.
Attorney: Lewis Goldshore, Esq.