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2023 Wesley Lake Commission
Meeting Schedule

January 17 July 18
February 21 August 15
March 21 September 19
April 18 October 17
May 16 No November Meeting
June 20 December 19


The Deal Lake Commission, in partnership Wesley and Sunset Commissions,  was successful in securing a Clean Water Act Grant from the New Jersey Department  of Environmental Protection, for $735,000,  that benefits all three lakes. Princeton Hydro  specializes in water resources engineering is running the “Green requirements of the Grant”  They use a holistic approach to designing projects  that benefit the entire ecosystem and emulate nature. Several projects are being implemented under the grant, the most visible to the community are the floating wetland islands that were installed in Sunset and Wesley Lakes last week.  For more details how they work see:

The water in our lakes is a mixture of stormwater and  ocean water and is impacted by what is around the lake such as Canada Goose and other animal droppings, as well as fertilizers. Therefore the water can often be off balance with nutrients such as too much phosphorous.  Harmful algae blooms can then begin to grow which negatively impact fish and other wildlife. One of the  most effective ways to reduce the phosphorus  in a lake is to increase vegetation. These floating islands are intended to filter out phosphorus and other pollutants as well as provide a habitat for vegetation and a variety of  microbial organisms to assimilate the phosphorus.

Floating wetland islands have been well documented to remove substantial amounts of phosphorus and other pollutants. The islands installed last week were  created by professionals, the plants were inserted by volunteers and will be monitored and maintained through  the Clean Water Act grant and commission volunteers. The islands were placed in the most effective section of each lake. They must be in at least three feet of water to prevent the roots from becoming embedded fully in the silt on the bottom of the lake, which would reduce the amount of  water that is filtered through the roots and therefore reduce the amount of phosphorous that is filtered out. They are anchored to stay in place.

There are no plans to remove them from the lakes. Their effectiveness will be evaluated and the islands may be relocated if another location is determined to be more effective.

In addition to the grants initiatives, Canada Goose management was implemented  last summer including solar amber lights that deter geese at night, grape flavored food additive repellant called ReJEX-it applied to the banks of the lake, professional geese chasers and nest  identifiers.

For more informant about  the NJDEP Clean Water Grant and its initiatives please visit the DLC web site:






Mission Statement
Wesley Lake Commission

The Wesley Lake Commission oversees Wesley Lake and it watershed on behalf of the City of Asbury Park and Neptune Township.  The Commission’s goal is to improve the ecological balance of Wesley Lake and its surrounding area for the use and enjoyment of visitors and residents. The Commission’s focus is on improving the quality and quantity of water entering the lake, the ecology of the lake itself, and the quality of water flowing from the lake into the Atlantic Ocean.  In addition, the Wesley Lake Commission seeks to enhance recreational opportunities at the lake and improve pedestrian and bicycle circulation around the lake and across its bridges. 



2023 Wesley Lake Commission Members

Elected Officials:

Keith Cafferty, Mayor,  Neptune

Eileen Chapman, Asbury Park

City Manager Appointee

Dr. James Brown, Neptune

Edward Lacombe, Asbury Park

Joseph Leone, DPW Neptune

Richard Bianchini- DPW Asbury Park

Two Residents from each Municipality

Barbara Lesinski, Asbury Park

Gail Rosewater, Asbury Park, Chair

Keith Fiori- Neptune

Veronika Sonev- Neptune

Individual Appointed by Majority Vote

Doug McQueen


Reverend Beth Whalley Mitchell- Neptune

Jennifer Schimpf,  Secretary- Asbury Park



CLICK HERE for a copy of the Wesley Lake Rehabilitation Plan

For watershed Information, CLICK HERE.
For the watershed map, CLICK HERE.

Wesley Lake Charter Agreement, CLICK HERE.