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Wesley Lake.   By David Philo. August, 2015 ©  Special to Blogfinger.net.

Wesley Lake. By David Philo. August, 2015 © Special to Blogfinger.net.

By David Philo, Ocean Grove homeowner.    David lives on Lake Avenue.

This picture of Wesley Lake shows the growth of Pondweed that has plagued the Lake the last three years.  As a resident of the Lakefront I am asked many questions by visitors about what is going on and what is being done.  I will relate what I know here.

The Wesley Lake Commission is a joint body consisting of Asbury Park and Neptune township officials.  Recently some residents have been appointed.  The CMA is mostly absent from the monthly meetings which are the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:30 PM at the Neptune Township building.

After the initial weed bloom the Commission hired a respected expert and business owner to analyze and treat the weeds, Dr. Souza.  At that time an herbicide was sprayed and in time the weed bloom subsided.  This year the bloom has been more intense and not responsive to the herbicide, which has been applied at least twice.  I missed this month’s meeting so I cannot relate if the 3rd treatment was done.  As anyone can see, the Pondweed persists.

Dr. Souza has stated that some nutrient source is likely responsible for the bloom, such as fertilizer, goose excrement, runoff, or even sewage.

The sad thing as far as I am concerned is that the trash/litter that floats in the weed islands is treated by the Commission as an inevitable result of the Lake’s being an “urban body of water”.

The Commission is planning to raise independent funds to further their efforts to improve the condition of Wesley Lake.  The Friends of Wesley Lake is working with the Commission on this and other issues.  To date the aerators that are now in place are the most visible results of the Commission’s ability to raise money.

There is a fall cleanup scheduled, and volunteers will be needed.

I also hope that anyone who can will participate in helping with the fundraising.  I think the evidence is very visible that this is a Lake in crisis.

 

David Philo

August 20, 2015

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Wesley Lake, Ocean Grove.  June 1, 2015.  By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff.

Wesley Lake, Ocean Grove. June 1, 2015. By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff.  Click for a delightful closeup.

Prosper Bellizia took this photo and said,   “Monday evening 6:20 pm 2 weeks AFTER clean up.”

Anybody from the Wesley Lake Commission want to comment?  How about it Committeeman Brantley, the Commissioner of Wesley Lake? You do represent the people—right?

And how about a comment from the Friends of Wesley Lake?

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