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One of the questions examined on Monday at a special joint summer session of the NJ Senate and Assembly environment committees in Lavallette was what is holding up the implementation of soil compaction standards that were mandated in legislation enacted
five years ago.
Why is soil compaction a problem? Here's how Senate committee chairman Bob Smith (D) describes soil compaction:
"“When a bulldozer drives over dirt (at a construction site), the soil becomes compacted to the point that it’s just as bad as if you put in a concrete surface. The question is, when you do construction, should you restore soil so that it’s permeable again so that water can go through the soil and go back to the groundwater?”
The fertilizer law is in effect. The soil law, now five years old, still has not produced final compaction standards.
Video interviews with two meeting participants
Dr. Stanley Hales of the Barnegat Bay Partnership discusses the delay in the adoption of statewide soil compaction standards and why it is hurting Barnegat Bay.
Helen Henderson of the American Littoral Society provides information on a soil compaction remediation project that produced dramatic results.
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