Soils and Stormwater Management: Soil Quality, Compaction, and Residential Development

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In many parts of New Jersey, there has been a transition of the landscape from agricultural and undeveloped land to one that is dominated by residential development. There is the concern that as watersheds become increasingly composed of residential development, a majority of soils there may suffer from compaction or diminished quality. Poor plant growth and compaction of these soils may result in a decrease in the infiltration of precipitation and an increase in soil erosion and runoff in the watershed. Such conditions could create or exacerbate stormwater management problems, stream erosion, and flooding.
Soil, Stormwater
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Salvatore S. Mangiafico
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences